TAMPA, AUG. 22, 2014—The USF men’s tennis team released the 2014-15 schedule on Friday, as announced by head coach Matt Hill.
"Our philosophy with scheduling is simple: in order to be the best, we have to play the best," Hill said. "We have been working incredibly hard to get home and away contracts with the best teams in the nation."
The Bulls' fall slate will take them on the road as they play in six tournaments away from Tampa. USF opens its fall season split between the Chowder Fest in Boston, Mass., and the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Region Championships will be held in Athens, Ga., Oct. 16-20.
The Bulls will finish out their fall season in the state of Florida with the USTA Clay Court Invitational in Orlando, followed by the Niceville Futures and Pensacola Futures.
USF opens the spring season with a doubleheader match against FAU and Stetson on Jan. 16. USF will play at home 10 times, including three conference home matches against UCF (March 6), Tulsa (March 29) and Memphis (April 10). The Bulls will also host a spring break tournament March 13-15.
Hill’s squad opens its road schedule on Jan. 29 when it travels to California to take on San Diego (Jan. 29) and Pepperdine (Jan. 31). USF will also compete in the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala. (Feb. 20-22) along with seeing conference foe SMU (April 3) and TCU (April 5) away from Tampa.
The marquee matchups in the Bulls' schedule will be in February as USF travels to Norman, Okla., to take on NCAA runner-up Oklahoma (Feb. 6) before traveling to Columbus, Ohio to battle the fifth-ranked Buckeyes (Feb. 8). Junior Roberto Cid will be familiar with one face on the Sooner squad as he defeated senior Dane Webb in the round of 16 at last year’s NCAA Tournament.
The American Athletic Conference Championships are scheduled for April 16-19 at the Michael D. Case Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The NCAA Championships will be hosted in Waco, Texas, May 14-24.
"We are very excited about difficulty of the schedule this year," Hill said. "We look forward to making it tougher and tougher in the future."