Bulls Head to California for BNP Paribas Open
TAMPA (March 16, 2017) – The USF men’s tennis team will travel to Indian Wells, Calif. for the BNP Paribas Open featuring top tennis players from eight schools. Play begins at 11:30 a.m. ET Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. ET Sunday.
The Paribas Open will feature teams from Baylor, USC, University of California, University of Oklahoma, USF, Tulsa, SMU and Purdue.
Last week the Bulls competed in six matches, claiming five straight wins. USF moved up eight spots to No. 32 in the latest ITA rankings, and sophomore Alberto Barroso-Campos was named the American player of the week.
USF started the week with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Baylor that ended in a third set tiebreaker on the last court. The Bulls returned home and stormed through the next five matches allowing just one point the rest of the week. USF wrapped up Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 sweep of Tulsa in the first conference match of the season.
Scouting the Opponent
The Bulls will kick off the tournament with a 5 p.m. ET match against No. 7 USC. The 15-2 Trojans bring two ranked doubles pairs, and two ranked singles players. In doubles, the Trojans boast No. 19 Brandon Holt and Riley smith, and No. 55 Logan Smith and Thibault Forget. In singles, No. 16 Holt and No. 45 Logan Smith.
Based on the results of Friday’s match the Bulls will either have a rematch of Sunday’s match and see Tulsa, or face Oklahoma.
The No. 9 Sooners bring an 11-4 record to the tournament, as well as four ranked doubles pairs and four ranked singles players. In doubles, the Sooners boast No. 38 Florin Bragusi and Alex Ghilea, No. 41 Spencer Papa and Andrew Harris, No. 58 Ghilea and Papa, and No. 59 Papa and Bragusi. In singles, No. 21 Papa, No. 36 Harris, No. 77 Bragusi, and No. 101 Ghilea.
Tulsa brings a 10-8 record after the recent 5-0 sweep by the Bulls. The Golden Hurricane boasts one ranked doubles pair, No. 43 Majed Kilani and Or Ram-Harel, and one ranked singles player No. 27 Or Ram-Harel.
The Bulls will enjoy a week off at home before two conference matches. USF will host Tulane March 30, and visit UCF April 1.
Be sure to follow USF men’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. Head coach Ashley Fisher will begin his first year at the helm of the program for the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach in 2016. The USF men’s tennis program has won three consecutive American Athletic Conference Championships and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments.
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