TAMPA (March 16, 2017) – The USF women’s tennis team dropped their second conference match of the season to Tulsa, 4-2.
Trailing 1-0 after doubles, the Bulls took the first set on courts one, four, and five. Ana Roman Dominguez dominated on court one, where she handled Ksenia Laskutova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to put the Bulls on the board. Nicole Dzenga followed with a straight set, 6-4, 6-3, win to try and close in on Tulsa’s lead.
The match came down to seniors Olga Martinez and Vera Bessonova. Martinez went to a third set on court five, but fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Bessonova went to a tiebreaker in the first set, but went unfinished in the second after Tulsa clinched on court five.
Juliana Cardoso and Brooke Lashway struggled on courts two and six. Rongrong Leenabanchong topped Cardoso with a pair of 6-2 wins, and Lashway fell on court six, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, Roman Dominguez and Dzenga finished at No. 3, 6-1, but the other Bulls pairs couldn’t overcome the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa utilized 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to clinch the doubles point.
Head Coach Cristina Moros on what the team was missing...
"I think the difference was a matter of a few key points here and there. They handled the bigger moments a little bit better than us today. It gives us some confidence to know we were that close. If we can do some little things better we will be able to turn some of these around going forward."
The Bulls are back in action Saturday for a noon game against UAB at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
1. Ana Roman (USF) def. Ksenia Laskutova (TLSW) 6-3, 6-1
2. R. Leenabanchong (TLSW) def. Juliana Cardoso (USF) 6-2, 6-2
3. Vera Bessonova (USF) vs. Mahitha Dadireddy (TLSW) 6-7 (3-7), unfinished
4. Nicole Dzenga (USF) def. Martina Okalova (TLSW) 6-4, 6-3
Be sure to follow USF women’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF women’s tennis program returns all singles players from a squad that advanced to the championship match of the conference tournament. Head coach Cristina Moros will be in her second year at the helm of the program after leading USF to an impressive 17-7 season in 2016.