By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, MAY 23, 2014 – USF sophomore Roberto Cid advanced to the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 41 Dane Webb of Oklahoma on Friday afternoon.
“Today was a great day, he was in really good form and it was probably the best he’s looked all week really,” head coach Matt Hill said.
No. 47 Cid (24-5) will face No. 28 Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine on Saturday at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Saturday’s match time has yet to be determined.
Cid led Sarkissian, 6-4, 2-6, 5-4, earlier this season on April 15 when the match was called at the end of USF’s 4-2 victory over Pepperdine in Champaign, Ill. Sarkissian, a redshirt senior, defeated No. 38 Leandro Toledo of Minnesota, 7-6 (1), 6-2, in his second straight trip to the NCAA round of 16.
“Roberto was serving for the match when they stopped it, so I know he’s anxious to continue that match and finish it right. Nobody is stopping it tomorrow,” Hill said.
Cid quickly seized control in his third consecutive straight set victory and outlasted Webb in a tough second set. Webb, a junior, took a 5-4 lead before Cid won three straight games and ended the match with a service ace.
“The guy he played is a great player. I rated him pretty high compared to a lot of guys in the field,” Hill said. “We watched him play and win easily in straight sets in the NCAA team finals and he looked really, really good.”
Cid’s path to the quarterfinals started with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 1 Clay Thompson of UCLA on Wednesday. Cid became the first USF men’s player to earn All-America honors on Thursday when he defeated No. 68 Alen Salibasic of Drake, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Cid, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year for the Southeast Region after helping the No. 24 Bulls capture the conference championship.
Access live scoring and watch Cid’s quarterfinal match HERE.