BY BRITTANY WEINER
Special to GoUSFBulls.com
TAMPA- The USF men's tennis team will continue their pursult of their second Big East Championship title as they leave DePaul scoreless in their first match of the tournament Friday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Bulls defeated fifth-seed DePaul 4-0 at the USF Physical Education Courts.
The Bulls got the momentum going early in doubles. Lucas Marin-Salcedo and Guillermo De Vilchez defeated their opponents 8-4. Federico Sabogal and Wael Kilani clinched the point with their 8-6 win.
"We knew it'd be a very tough battle. DePaul is a very good team," said head coach Don Barr, "We played well in the doubles and that was a big key there, to get on top of them right away."
USF took that momentum right into singles. All of the winners for the Bulls took their opponents in just two sets.
Kilani defeated Filip Dzanko 6-0, 6-1, while Sabogal won 6-0, 6-2.
Juan Carlos Acuna clinched the match for the Bulls, defeating his opponent 6-2, 6-2.
USF advances to the semi-finals and will face first-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at noon at the USF Varsity Courts.
The last time they played, the Bulls beat Notre Dame 4-3. The winner of the match tomorrow will go on to play for the Big East Championship title on Sunday morning.
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USF (#4 seed) 4, DePaul (#5 seed) 0
April 20, 2012
USF P.E. Courts
- G. Chanturia/F. Dzanko (DPU) def. Y. Yoshizawa/O. Pramming (USF) 8-5
- F. Sabogal/W. Kilani (USF) def. S. Kasper/M. Hamback (DPU) 8-6
- L. Marin-Salcedo/G. De Vilchez (USF) def. M. Palinic/J. Dancu (DPU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
- Wael Kilani (USF) def. Filip Dzanko(DPU) 6-0, 6-1
- Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) vs. George Chanturia (DPU) 7-6 (4), 1-0 DNF
- Federico Sabogal (USF) def. Sven Kasper (DPU) 6-0, 6-2
- Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard (USF) def. Mathias Hamback (DPU) 6-2, 6-2
- Patel (USF) vs. Matlja Palinic (DPU) 7-6(5), 1-0 DNF
- Pramming (USF) vs. Adam Reinhart (DPU)6-3 u, 5-2 d DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4