The USF men’s tennis team was unable to overcome a 3-1 deficit and went on to lose a match against the University of Miami 4-3 on Sunday at home.
After losing all three doubles matches, the Bulls (1-1) had a strong three-set win from senior Uli Kiendl over Josh Cohen, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, who is ranked 26th nationally.
Freshman Marc Jaeger, who is at the No. 4 position, was down 5-0 in the third set. Jaeger came back to win three straight matches but could not hold off his opponent, John Hoyes, who broke the 3-3 match score.
“The doubles point is very important. It could have been anyone’s match,” head coach Don Barr said. “We were right there in both singles and doubles. I was very proud of the way our guys battled. If we compete like we did today, we will be just fine the rest of the season.”
The Bulls travel to Tallahassee on Friday and face FSU at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Softball drops three games in FIU tournament
The No. 21 USF softball team lost to Florida International 5-2 on Sunday for the second time in two days at the FIU Diamond Fun and Sun Classic.
FIU starting pitcher Tiffany Ore held the Bulls scoreless, struck out seven and gave up only three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
In the game, junior third baseman Krista Holle loaded the bases with two outs, reaching first on an error by the shortstop. Senior first baseman Carmela Liwag then got on base via another infield error, scoring sophomore Alycia LePage, but keeping the bases loaded and making the score 5-2.
However, Ore came back in the seventh and struck out two, which ended USF’s late rally.
This was the second game of the invitational in which USF faced the Panthers. The pair also met Saturday, when the Bulls were shut out 4-0.
The team went 2-3 in the weekend tournament in Miami and, with the loss to FIU on Sunday, missed playing in the championship game against Auburn, which USF lost to on Friday 6-4.
Two Bulls’ were named to the FIU Diamond Fun and Sun Classic All-Tournament Team: Samantha Ray and Holle.
Ray batted .467 on seven hits in 15 at-bats, while Holle batted .400 on six hits, scored three runs and had an RBI.
The Bulls will head up to Gainesville on Friday and play in the GRU Classic against Notre Dame at 4 p.m., Coastal Carolina at 6:30 and then Florida on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Softball Stadium.