Rehberger leads USF into UCF showdown

After dropping her first match of the season, No. 1 singles player Irene Rehberger enters today having won eight consecutive matches since March 1. The Bulls host UCF at 2 p.m. at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.

Rehberger (8-1), who transferred to USF this season from Spain, is ranked No. 82 in the country in singles. She dropped her opening match at Texas A&M on Feb. 27, but since then coach Agustin Moreno said she’s improved her game.

“(Rehberger) is one of the top players in the country,” Moreno said. “Even though she got off to a late start this season, she’ll likely play in the NCAA singles championship tournament.”

The Bulls’ (5-10) season-high three-match win streak came to an end Saturday against Kentucky, before dropping another match to South Carolina. UCF (8-7) enters the match having lost three in a row.

“It is going to be a tough match because (UCF) is a very good team,” Moreno said. “We are set to take them on though.”

The No. 73 Knights are led by freshmen Andrea Yacaman and Christy Core, who are 18-12 and 17-13 in dual matches, respectively.

The Bulls are 4-3 on a stretch of nine straight home matches.  They face Boston University on April 4 before heading to Florida International on April 11. The Big East Conference tournament begins April 15.