The USF women’s tennis team ended a two-match losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Indiana Saturday at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
The win helped bring the Bulls back within two matches of .500 (7-9) after suffering a 7-0 loss to No. 21 Clemson and a 6-1 setback versus Marquette in their two previous outings.
Prior to those two matches, USF won four straight.
USF fell behind early after losing the doubles point, as Indiana (8-8) took two of three matches.
The No. 3 combination of Gina Craig and Jamie Larson was the only tandem to win, besting the Hoosiers’ Jessica Groth and Sophie Rychlik.
Singles was a different story, with USF claiming the top five spots to secure the victory. Fabiana Taverna had an easy time at No. 1, as the Hoosiers’ Linda Tran retired in the second set to give USF the point.
Luisa Obando at No. 3 clinched the Bulls’ victory by taking a second set tiebreaker 7-5 to beat IU’s Martina Grim 6-4, 7-6.
Groth earned Indiana’s other point by taking the third set tiebreaker 10-8 to beat Belen Pandre 7-6, 6-7, 10-8.
On a winless road
The road woes of the USF men’s tennis team continued to grow with a 5-2 loss at Florida State Friday.
The 36th-ranked Bulls struggled mightily against No. 45 FSU, dropping three matches in third sets to push the Seminoles one game above .500 (9-8).
USF (11-4) entered the match 0-3 on the road after suffering defeats to Top-15 Southeastern Conference teams Mississippi, Florida and Alabama, which knocked off the Bulls 4-3 March 12.
The third-set troubles started at the top with No. 1 seed Uli Kiendl, who crushed FSU’s Mat Cloer 6-2 in the first set, then watched Cloer turn the tables in the second and third sets, claiming both 6-2. Renato Silveira succumbed to a similar fate, sandwiching a 6-3 second-set victory against Seminole Alex Herrera between 6-3 losses. Andy Maroldt also dropped a three-set match, losing to FSU’s Chris Westerhof 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 4.
Senior Jorge Escallon at No. 6 and junior Paco Antelo at No. 2 picked up USF’s only points.