The USF men's tennis team-- ranked 21st in the nation in the latest ITA rankings-- swept Tulsa today in the AAC Championships and clinched their second straight conference title. The Bulls exacted a measure of revenge for their regular-season 4-3 loss to the Golden Hurricane and didn't drop any singles matches as they closed out a dominant tournament performance. The Bulls swept Temple in the quarterfinals and topped Memphis 4-1 in the semis en route to clinching the title.
USF got on top early by earning the critical doubles point, winning two of three doubles matches to snag a 1-0 lead. From there, they were hardly challenged: Freshman Justin Roberts clinched the fifth singles match to put the Bulls up 2-0, and junior Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz followed with a victory on court four. Senior Oliver Pramming clinched the title with a win on court two.
This is just the first step for the Bulls, who will play in the NCAA Tournament in May and should be able to do a fair deal of damage-- particularly with junior Roberto Cid, who's ranked 20th in the nation in singles play, at the number one spot. In 2014, the Bulls topped Florida State in the opening round before getting swept by Florida in the regional finals.
Stay tuned for the Bulls' draw in the tourney, which will be out in late April. We'll have coverage and tournament analysis then. And, of course, congratulations to Matt Hill and his squad for setting a new standard of success for USF athletics.