It's been an already memorable season for USF Men's Tennis. They three-peated as AAC Champs, saw Roberto Cid and Matt Hill win conference Player and Coach of The Year respectively, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Certainly they would stop there and call it a summer right? WRONG! We have two All-Americans making an NCAA Singles Tourney run.
HE'S DONE IT! Cid breaks Osama for the 6-0, 6-3 victory and he's a two-time All-American! pic.twitter.com/ZPu322Wkcw— USF Men's Tennis (@USFBullsMTennis) May 26, 2016
YES DOMINIC! He breaks Friedrich and wins 7-5, 6-3 to become an All-American! That's TWO today! pic.twitter.com/ZLouPKJRPQ— USF Men's Tennis (@USFBullsMTennis) May 26, 2016
You're looking at the only two All-Americans in program history as Roberto Cid and Dominic Cotrone advanced to the round of sixteen in the NCAA Singles Tournament in Tulsa. To be an All-American, you must either be ranked one of the top sixteen seeds heading into the tournament, make it the round of sixteen, or be ranked in the top 20 of the ITA rankings.
The now two-time All-American Cid dominated his matchup with Mazen Osama of Alabama, winning both sets 6-0 and 6-3. The senior was eliminated in the first round of last year's tournament by Georgia's Austin Smith, so he's obviously ecstatic to advance this time around as the #2 player in the country. "At this point in the season, you're peaking," Cid said to the school's website. "You're playing your best; you expect to play the best, especially at the end with NCAA's and all these big matches coming up. I'm feeling good about my level (of play)."
Later Cotrone got in on the action, defeating South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich in straight sets 7-5 and 6-3. The dread-headed senior out of Bradenton held serve in a tightly contested first set before taking control in the second one to move on. "My coaches and teammates have created a winning culture at USF and I am honored to be the second All American in school history," Cotrone said. " I hope that there are many more All-Americans that follow me and Roberto in the years to come"
In the Round of 16 on Friday, Cid will take on San Diego's Uros Petronijevic, whom the three-time AAC Player of the Year beat in a matchup earlier this season. Meanwhile, Cotrone will face eight seeded Cameron Norrie out of TCU. We'll keep you updated as #SpringofRings for Men's Tennis continues to move forward.