TAMPA- After several hours of tough tennis against one of the Big East's top competitors, the USF women's tennis team was able to show their strength in singles and outlast Syracuse Saturday.
The Bulls pulled off a 5-2 win over the Orangemen in their opening match of the spring season.
USF got on Syracuse early, winning the important doubles point, an area in which head coach Agustin Moreno knew needed improving.
"We came strong in doubles today," said Moreno. "Syracuse is very good in doubles, so I'm just happy we were able to get some wins."
The doubles wins started with no. 1 partners Ecaterina Vasenina and Loreto Alonso Martinez taking down Syracuse's Emily Harmon and Amanda Rodgers 8-3.
Junior Danielle Mills and newcomer Paula Montoya came up with the other doubles victory by defeating Alessondra Parra and Anika Novacek 8-5.
Vasenina, ranked no. 48 in the country in singles, was too much for her opponent Harmon, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The matchup between the two Big East schools would come down to the singles competition and freshman Lucie Rey and Martinez delivered with big three-set wins.
Martinez defeated Parra in a tight three-set match 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, therefore securing USF's win in the match.
With the pressure off, Rey came back against her opponent Jimena Wu, winning her match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
"I think everyone was so excited after the doubles matches," said Martinez, the sophomore from Asturias, Spain. "We complicated it for ourselves in the singles, but still were able to win."
"Syracuse is going to be one of the top schools in our conference, so to get a win today was a good start for us," said Moreno.
The Bulls look to make it a 2-0 start tomorrow when they take on Ohio State at 10 a.m. at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
#1: E. Vasenina/L.A. Martinez (USF) vs. E. Harmon/A. Rodgers (SU)
USF wins 8-3
#2: F. Fracassi/L. Rey (USF) vs. A. Marrow/ M. Kobelt (SU)
SU wins 9-7
#3: D. Mills/ P. Montoya (USF) vs. A. Parra/ A. Novacek (SU)
USF wins 8-5
#1: E. Vasenina (USF) vs. E. Harmon (SU)
USF wins 6-2, 6-1
#2: L.A. Martinez (USF) vs. A. Parra (SU)
USF wins 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
#3: D. Mills (USF) vs. M. Kobelt (SU)
SU wins 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
#4: F. Fracassi (USF) vs. A. Marrow (SU)
USF wins 6-0, 6-4
#5: A. Bonte (USF) vs. A. Rodgers (SU)
SU wins 6-4, 7-5
#6: L. Rey (USF) vs. J. Wu (SU)
USF wins 4-6, 6-4, 6-4