GAINESVILLE, Fla., MAY 13, 2017 – Conference champion USF's incredible postseason run came to an end Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
USF (15-11) saw its six-match winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to No. 28 Miami at the University of Florida's Ring Tennis Complex.
Saturday's action was moved indoors because of rain with USF's duo of Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric holding a 5-3 lead on court 3 when Miami clinched the doubles point.
Miami (13-11) extended its advantage with a singles win on court 3 before senior Vera Bessonova (Moscow, Russia) put up a valiant fight in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to No. 40 Estela Perez-Somarribba in the second position.
Top singles player Ana Roman Dominguez (Spain) battled all the way until the end in the match-clinching 6-3, 7-5 loss to No. 21 Sinead Lohan that lasted 1 hour, 51 minutes.
- This marked USF's 12 NCAA tournament appearance and first since the 2014 season.
- Conference coach of the year Cristina Moros has led the Bulls to at least 15 wins in each of her first two seasons with the program.
“It was tough. We weren't too happy about the weather and going indoors, really because we were playing on three courts. We kind of like to play as a team and all that, but it was the same situation for them, too. I don't feel like we played our best today. I thought we fought in places and tried to get into matches. They had a hard time putting us away, but we can't be a good team without executing. I don't think we did a good job of executing today.”
Moros' thoughts on the season as a whole:
“It was a really an up-and-down season. We battled through a lot of injuries, sicknesses and a lot of things that were kind of out of our control. For it to come together at the conference tournament, the loss today shouldn't take anything away from that because that was definitely a very special moment for this team. We kind of proved that we were tough, we just couldn't quite execute it today.”
“We were able to come out with a good conference tournament, definitely no one expected us to win. We were playing confidently today, even though we lost. It was a good match, we fought. I'm proud of the team.”
Bessonova's thoughts on her four-year career at USF:
“Playing tennis for USF for four years has shaped me tremendously to the person I am today, on and off the court. Even though I won't be playing pro when I graduate, I'm excited to step into the business world and use the qualities I learned on the court here.”
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.