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Both USF tennis teams take second in Big East



Lots to wrap up from a busy weekend, and we'll start with both USF tennis teams, which hosted the Big East championships this weekend and lost in Sunday's finals, settling for runner-up honors.

It's the fourth time in seven years in the Big East that USF's women have lost in the final to Notre Dame, making them a far more justified nemesis than any other Bulls team could nominate -- the Bulls did beat Notre Dame in 2007 for the Big East crown. USF's men lost to Louisville, but they've finished in the top four in the Big East every year they've been in the league -- not sure any other Bulls team can claim that.

With two near-misses, it's a reminder that in nearly seven years in the Big East, USF has just three conference championships -- USF women's tennis in 2007, men's tennis in 2009 and men's soccer in 2008. Softball also has a regular-season championship, but hasn't won a tournament yet.

More weekend: USF baseball, having finished the final two innings of a 12-1 loss to Louisville that started Saturday, bounced back nicely in the final game, getting a quality start from Derrick Stultz to salvage one win in the series. With that, USF is still tied atop the Big East standings at 11-4, along with St. John's and Connecticut, one game ahead of Louisville.

Can USF keep it up in its final four Big East series? The Bulls' first five opponents are a combined 30-44 in Big East play; the remaining four are a combined 32-27. So the Bulls have to fare well this coming weekend at home against Villanova (6-9), because the next two are tough -- at St. John's (11-4) and home against Connecticut (11-4); then it's on the road to finish the regular season at West Virginia (4-10).

Softball had the weekend off, but the Bulls, now 40-8 and 13-3 in the Big East, are one game behind Louisville after a two-game sweep at the Cardinals on Wednesday. There's only two three-game series left for USF in the regular season -- home against Villanova (2-12), then ending the season at Syracuse (10-3). Louisville has it a bit easier, closing with Georgetown (3-10), then at St. John's (5-9).

Lots more catching up with spring football and basketball recruiting and so on in the morning ...

[Last modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:51pm]


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