Women’s tennis opens with wins

The No. 29 South Florida women’s tennis team won its second straight road game to open the season Sunday against the Florida Atlantic University Owls in Boca Raton.

USF (2-0) went 6-0 against FAU (0-2), led by Ohio State transfer Allyn Mueller, who played in her second match for USF. The sophomore defeated FAU’s Elodie Wendling, 6-4, 6-3.

“She played hard, she played well,” USF coach Agustin Moreno said.

Another transfer for USF, Sophomore Jessica Zok, played out of the No. 2 spot. She defeated Natalia Totevska, 6-7, 6-2 (10-4).

According to Moreno, Zok struggled a little, but played well.

Overall, Moreno said, “I am pleased with the way (the team) played.”

Iciri Rai had an impressive outing as she defeated FAU’s Danielle Simone 6-0, 6-0.

The Bulls also won every game in their season opener against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 7-0.

It appears the Bulls are off to a good start. Last year, they opened the season at 7-2. They finished off the year at 16-8, which led to a conference championship.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the team will travel to Daytona Beach to face the North Florida Ospreys. It will be North Florida’s season opener.

“They (North Florida) have a good team.” Moreno said. “They have some foreign players that could be dangerous. We battled with them last year.”

The Bulls defeated the Ospreys last season 6-1.