The No. 36 USF men’s tennis team came prepared Sunday, picking up a 5-2 win against the University of Central Florida. The Bulls showed they were serious from the beginning, taking the doubles point in a comeback victory in the No. 3 matchup.
“I think it was kind of a key to our win today, winning that doubles point,” coach Don Barr said.
After taking two of the three doubles matches, the Bulls looked strong in the singles matches with No. 81 Lucas Jovita in the No. 1 slot. Jovita won his long fought match 6-3, 7-6 against UCF’s Sinan Sudas.
No. 2 singles Mahmoud Hamed made quick work of Nikolas Overkemping 6-2, 7-5. Hamed set the tone for the singles matches. After Hamed’s win, Thomas Estrada beat Brock Sakey in the No. 4 slot 6-4, 6-4. The Bulls’ only losses came in the No. 3 and No. 5 singles matches.
The Bulls remain undefeated at home, which could prove significant when the seedings come out for the Big East Championship next month.
“If we can win both (Virgina Commonwealth University and Louisville) and stay undefeated I think we will be in the NCAA tournament, whether we win the conference or not,” Barr said.