For the first time this season, USF’s men tennis has two players ranked in the top 100.
Freshman Wael Kilani — who was No. 96 in the nation in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings — will take momentum into USF’s match against No. 47 Radford at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts today at 2 p.m.
Kilani holds a 6-3 singles record and has won four consecutive matches in the No. 4 and No. 2 position. He was moved to No. 2 when he defeated Arizona’s Andres Carrasco (6-2, 6-0), who is ranked No. 17, last month.
“I’m proud of that … It’s good for the team to have two players in the top 100 of college tennis,” Kilani said.
Kilani said he wasn’t surprised when he found out he was ranked.
“I knew I would be ranked because I beat four players and I have a good record,” he said.
Sophomore Lucas Jovita is No. 62 in singles. Radford’s Martin Sayer, who is No. 116, is the only ranked Highlander player.
South Florida’s doubles pairings have struggled this season. The Bulls have an 8-11 record in doubles and the No. 29 duo of Thomas Estrada and Jovita holds a 3-4 record. Estrada and Jovita are USF’s only ranked pair.
Radford’s doubles teams hold an 18-6 overall record.
After spending most of the season rotating positions, USF coach Don Barr said now is the time to find a consistent team.
“This is after nine matches in the season — I’ve got to start making and getting the teams comfortable with one another and understanding each other’s partner by the end of the year,” he said.