In a battle of the horns, the No. 43 University of South Florida women’s tennis team (18-7) ended its season with a 4-0 loss to the University of Texas Longhorns in Tallahassee on Friday at the NCAA tournament.
The Bulls came into the match as an at-large bid after losing to Notre Dame in the Big East tournament championship match April 20th.
The Bulls lost early, only winning the No. 2 doubles matchup while losing at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, losing the doubles point.
“The doubles point hurt us. It gives momentum when you win (the doubles point),” coach Agustin Moreno said. “I think we all did good, but we need to execute better, in both (singles and doubles).”
This was the third straight year the Bulls made it to the NCAA playoffs, but it was the first time they didn’t make it out of the first round and into the group of 32 teams.
Coming off the Bulls’ first Big East Championship last season and a very strong performance in this season’s regular season – ending as Big East runner-up – the team showed a consistent level of play and that they were capable of keeping themselves in the top tier of the conference.
“I feel that our group of girls are very strong and that we can come back next season and be a better team,” Moreno said.
The Bulls look to return next season with an improved and healthier version of this season’s roster.
“We’ve had some injuries, but it’s something we need to overcome, and be overall better, mentally and physically,” Moreno said.