Historic day for USF tennis
The most glorious afternoon in USF tennis history didn't just materialize Sunday. It was formed by comebacks, fashioned by clutch singles efforts, even forged by some home-crowd raucousness.
By its end, the Bulls men's and women's teams had won their respective American Athletic
Conference tournaments, within a couple of hours and one time zone of each other. They join the men's soccer team as the school's inaugural American team champions.
We'd be remiss if we let the landmark day pass without reflecting on some of the highlights and historic footnotes:
* The conference title was the first for the men since 2009, and the women's first since '07. USF was a member of the Big East both those seasons.
* Bulls sophomore Roberto Cid, who finished the tournament 3-0 in singles matches and 1-0 in doubles play, was named the men's tournament's most outstanding player.
* Both teams toppled the No. 1 seed in Sunday's finals, with the No. 3-seeded women upsetting
Houston 4-2, and the second-seeded men eking out a 4-3 win against Memphis on the Tigers'
* The men's triumph came exactly one week after a 4-3 loss to the Tigers at the same site. Junior Oliver Pramming and freshman Sasha Gozun, USF's No. 2 and 3 singles players, respectively, avenged losses to the same players who had defeated them the prior Sunday.
* Both teams had to rally Sunday after dropping the doubles point.
* Trailing Rocio Martin 2-5 in the first-set tie-breaker of her No. 5 singles match, Bulls freshman Vera Bessonova rallied for a 7-6, 6-1 win to clinch the team championship.
* Among those watching the three-hour women's match at the USF Varsity Courts was President Judy Genshaft and former athletic director Doug Woolard.