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Men's Tennis Defeats Boise St. & Va. Tech, Heads To Sweet Sixteen

A pair of beatdowns in Blacksburg see the Bulls advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in team history.

Sasha Gozun
Sasha Gozun

The American Athletic Conference Champion USF Men's Tennis team was disappointed not to be hosting an NCAA four-team regional this weekend.

They took out their frustration on Boise State and Virginia Tech.

In a pair of dominating 4-0 sweeps over both schools, the Bulls have advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Look at these scores: it wasn't even close!

vs. Boise State: 4-0

1. Thomas Tenreiro/Lewis Roskilly (Boise St.) def. No. 28 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (USF), 8-6
2. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Garrett Patton/Abe Hewko (Boise St.), 8-3
3. Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Danny Moyer/Brian Foley (Boise St.), 8-5

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3


1. No. 21 Roberto Cid (USF) vs. Garrett Patton (Boise St.), 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 (DNF)
2. No. 124 Sasha Gozun (USF) vs. Thomas Tenreiro (Boise St.), 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 1-1 (DNF)
3. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Brian Foley (Boise St.), 6-3, 6-2
4. Justin Roberts (USF) vs. Lewis Roskilly (Boise St.), 7-5, 4-4 (DNF)
5. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Abe Hewko (Boise St.), 6-1, 6-3
6. Everth Dzib (USF) def. Danny Moyer (Boise St.), 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 5, 6, 3

And then against Virginia Tech on their home courts.

vs. Va. Tech: 4-0

1 No. 28 Oliver Pramming/Justin Roberts (USF) vs. No. 43 Andreas Bjerrehus (Va. Tech), 6-7 (DNF)
2 Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Joao Monteiro/Edoardo Tessaro (Va. Tech), 8-7 (9-7)
3 Roberto Cid/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Amerigo Contini/Jai Corbett (Va. Tech), 8-3

Order of finish: 3, 2


1. No. 21 Roberto Cid (USF) vs. No. 68 Amerigo Contini (Va. Tech), 6-4, 6-5 (DNF)
2. No. 124 Sasha Gozun (USF) def. No. 43 Andreas Bjerrehus (Va. Tech), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. Oliver Pramming (USF) vs. No. 109 Joao Monteiro (Va. Tech), 6-7 (4-7), 5-6 (DNF)
4. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) vs. No. 105 Hunter Koontz (Va. Tech), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 2-1 (DNF)
5. Justin Roberts (USF) def. Edoardo Tessaro (Va. Tech), 6-0, 6-2
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Jai Corbett (Va. Tech), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Order of finish: 5, 6, 2

So the #18 Bulls advance without even needing a singles point from AAC Player of The Year Roberto Cid, who is ranked #21 in the NCAA as an individual. That's pretty damn impressive. They've also won 28 of the last 29 points available, dropping only the doubles point to Memphis in the AAC semifinals since April 5th.

The challenge gets much tougher from here however, as the rest of the NCAA Tournament will take place in Waco, Texas beginning on May 14th. USF will likely face #2 Baylor who is the host institution for the rest of the tournament. The Bears take on #29 LSU tonight.

A huge congratulations to the Bulls and head coach Matt Hill for going where no USF team has gone previously.