BY KELSIE EBERLY
TAMPA- The USF women’s tennis team began their spring season on a strong note thanks to a 6-1 win over No. 55-ranked Ohio State Sunday.
For the second day in a row, Agustin Moreno’s team jumped on their opponent early in the doubles competition, winning two out of the three matches.
Junior and sophomore duo Ecaterina Vasenina and Loreto Alonso Martinez won a tight match against their opponents Kelsey Dieters and Kara Cecil, outlasting the Buckeyes 8-6.
The other doubles win came from partners Fanny Fracassi and Lucie Rey, winning 8-5 over OSU’s Fidan Manashirova and Kelsey Haviland.
Vasenina, the junior from Moldova, remains perfect in the No. 1 spot on the spring season, winning both of her matches over the weekend. She defeated Haviland 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.
The Bulls only dropped one match on the day.
“We were up in a couple matches,” said assistant coach and former USF tennis player Irene Rehberger. “But it got tough and girls kept stepping up and stepping up to win. I am really proud of them.”
Sophomore Allesandra Bonte, after losing her singles match Saturday, came back and won Sunday’s match against Kelsey Dieters in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
“I really needed that win to get my confidence back,” said Bonte. “These two wins really motivate us to work harder in practice and keep getting better.”
The Bulls continue their spring season Jan. 27-30 at the 2012 ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend in Miami, where they'll face UC Santa Barbara in their first matchup.
#1: E. Vasenina/L.A. Martinez (USF) vs. K. Dieters/ K. Cecil (OSU)
USF wins 8-6
#2: F. Fracassi/L. Rey (USF) vs. F. Manashirova/ K. Haviland (OSU)
USF wins 8-5
#3: D. Mills/ P. Montoya (USF) vs. N. Malley/ G. Steele (OSU)
OSU wins 8-3
#1: E. Vasenina (USF) vs. K. Haviland (OSU)
USF wins 6-2, 6-4
#2: L.A. Martinez (USF) vs. G. Steele (OSU)
USF wins 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
#3: D. Mills (USF) vs. C. Cecil (OSU)
USF wins 6-4, 6-4
#4: F. Fracassi (USF) vs. F. Manashirova (OSU)
OSU wins 6-4, 6-7, 10-8
#5: A. Bonte (USF) vs. K. Deiters (OSU)
USF wins 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
#6: L. Rey (USF) vs. N. Malley (OSU)
USF wins 4-6, 6-4, 6-0