The USF men’s tennis team took care of business in a timely fashion Friday by sweeping unranked Conference USA rival Marquette 7-0. The No. 28 Bulls didn’t lose a set and took their overall record to 4-1.
Starting with the doubles play, the Bulls showed they were the better team by earning the point with a 3-0 sweep.
“I thought the boys came out hard and dominated in the doubles and by doing so stayed focused for singles,” Bulls head coach Don Barr said.
Paco Antelo and Uli Kiendl combined for an 8-2 win at the No. 1 spot in doubles, defeating the Golden Eagles’ No. 1 team of Troy Delmerge and Raj Gill.
At the No. 2 doubles position, the Bulls’ tandem of Jorge Escallon and Nadim Naser had no problem defeating the Marquette duo of Joe Bates and Creighton Macy, winning 8-1.
The Bulls capped off the clean sweep in doubles play with an 8-2 victory at the No. 3 slot by Eric Gildhorn and Adrian Meier over Kent Davies and Mark Thomas of Marquette.
The Bulls took the momentum of their sweep in doubles play and ran with it in the singles play.
“It was important for us to get back on track after last week’s tough loss (to No. 38 Florida),” Antelo said after his match at the No. 1 singles position with Marquette’s Raj Gill.
The first set was very tight until Antelo broke Gill’s serve.
“I started going to the net a little more, and when I broke his serve at 5-4, he started to break down, and that is when I took over,” Antelo said.
Antelo went on to breeze past Gill 6-0 in the second set and give the Bulls the point at the No.1 singles position.
Antelo’s teammates had very little trouble, as only one other set made it to 6-4. That happened in the second set of the No. 2 singles match and was won by Wetzel vs. Delmerge. Wetzel took home the point for the Bulls as he won the first set as well (6-1).
At the No. 3 singles position, Kiendl defeated Bates 6-1, 6-0 and at the No. 5 singles position Naser defeated Thomas 6-0, 6-2.
The Bulls swept the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, as Escallon defeated Macy 6-0, 6-0, and playing in his first match all season for the Bulls, Abhijit Shah rolled over Davies 6-0, 6-0 as well.
“Our guys respected Marquette and did not worry about where we were ranked and where they were ranked and just went out and played tennis,” Barr said.
The Bulls will look to keep their focus as they take to the road for the first time this season when they travel to Orlando for a match with UCF Saturday at 1 p.m.
- Chris Lemke covers men’s tennis and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org