May 14, 2010

Courtesy of The University of South Florida

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of South Florida women's tennis team got back to work today when they traveled to Miami to take on Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Under sunny skies at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, and with temperatures in the low 80's, senior Melissa Koning and junior Irene Rehberger started out doubles competition for the Bulls on the right foot against the Aggies. Rehberger and Koning took on Elze Potgieter and Nazari Urbina in the No. 1 doubles position. After going up 3-0, Rehberger and Koning would let Potgieter and Urbina stage a comeback to make the score 3-2. In the end Rehberger and Koning downed Potgieter and Urbina 8-4.

Senior Jessica Zok and junior Natalia Guevara took on Sheri Olivier and Christi Liles in the No. 3 doubles position. After falling behind 5-3, Zok and Guevara would battle back and tie the match 5-5. Guevara and Zok lost the next three games, though, which gave Liles and Olivier the 8-5 victory.

With each team having won one doubles match, it would all come down to the No. 2 doubles match to decide who would have the 1-0 advantage heading into singles competition. Senior Lauren Shumate and redshirt sophomore Janette Bejlkova took on Morgan Frank and Stephanie Davidson. Bejlkova and Shumate fell to Frank and Davidson 8-4 giving the Aggies a 1-0 lead over USF heading into singles competition.

Koning started out singles competition for USF with a win in the No.2 singles position. Koning was down 5-2 in the first set before battling back and taking the first set 7-5. In the second set Koning handed Potgieter a 6-2 loss which would tie things up between the two teams 1-1.

Guevara kept the momentum going for the Bulls in her No. 6 singles match against Davidson. Guevara took care of Davidson in two straight sets 6-2, 6-0 as USF took its first lead of the day.

Bejlkova picked up the Bulls third point of the afternoon in her No. 4 singles match against Olivier. Bejlkova was down 3-1 in the first set but came back and won the first set 6-3. In the second set Bejlkova beat Olivier 6-1.

Rehberger took on Urbina in the No. 1 singles position dropping the match to Urbina in two straight sets 6-3, 6-3. That pulled the Aggies within one point of the Bulls.

Zok sealed the win for USF on Friday with her No. 5 singles victory over Liles. After beating Liles 6-1 in the first set, Zok would fall 7-5 in the second set. In the third set Zok would roll past Olivier 6-1, giving USF the fourth and final point they needed to pick up the win over Texas A&M.

Freshman Ecaterina Vasenina also competed in singles competition for the Bulls taking on Frank in the No. 3 singles position. After falling in the first set 6-1, Vasenina would battle back and win the second set 6-4. In the third set Vasenina was down 5-2 before the match was ended.

The win improves the Bulls to 12-7 on the season. USF will be back in action tomorrow at 2 p.m. when they play the winner of the Miami (Fla.) and Boston University match.