Two days after being dominated by Miami, the USF women’s tennis team dominated Dartmouth 5-2 on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak and bringing the team’s record back to .500 (5-5).
Due to injuries, the Bulls were unable to bring a No. 6 singles player.
But that didn’t matter much as USF went on to win all five singles matches.
USF No. 1 Neyess Etienne and No. 2 Courtney Vernon each dropped the first set of their matches but fought back to win. Sophomore Etienne defeated Jayme Ahmed 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 while Vernon, a freshman, outlasted Lindsay Winingham 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sophomore Gabriel Duch and juniors Liz Cruz and Luisa Obando capped off USF’s singles sweep, a feat that hasn’t occurred for the Bulls since Jan. 30, when they swept Memphis 7-0.
In doubles play, Duch and Etienne prevailed while Vernon and Obando fell 8-6.Cruz has won three consecutive matches, including a win over No. 67 Nancy Kockett of Tulane on March 23.
And in USF’s 6-1 loss at Miami on Friday, Cruz attained the Bulls’ lone point, defeating Staci Stevens 7-5, 6-2.
USF returns home Wednesday to face Marquette at 10 a.m. It will be the team’s third Conference USA match of the season.
Softball player nabs award
For the second time this season, USF softball player Tiffany Stewart has been named Conference USA Hitter of the Week.
This week, the junior shares the honor with ECU’s Mandi Nichols.
Stewart leads the conference in batting average during conference play (.529) and batted .700 in USF’s weekend sweep of Southern Miss.
In the series’ first game, the rightfielder went 4-for-4 and had five RBI.
On the season, the Odessa native leads the team in nearly every offensive category. She ranks first in batting average (.371), runs (31), doubles (9), RBI (23), total bases (66) and on-base percentage (.488).
The 5-foot-9 junior is also tied for the team lead in triples (3) and homeruns (4).Stewart and the Bulls (25-15, 4-2) welcome second-place East Carolina (17-5, 7-2) for a three-game series that begins on Saturday with a doubleheader.