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USF Men’s Tennis Defeats Top-Seed Memphis 4-3; Advances to Fifth Straight AAC Tournament Final

The Bulls will play Tulane for yet another USF Invitati...errr...American Athletic Conference Tournament title on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.

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The only men’s tennis champion the American Athletic Conference has ever known is only one step away from once again successfully defending their crown.

No. 5 seed USF took down No. 1 seed Memphis in the American conference tourney semifinals in Dallas on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s championship match where they will face Tulane.

USF went match-for-match with the No. 18 ranked Tigers on Saturday, all coming down to the showdown on court 4 between Pierre Luquet and Chris Patzanovsky.

Alberto Barroso-Campos and Grayson Goldin claimed the first point for USF with a 6-3 victory over Ryan Peniston and Andrew Watson but Memphis would strike back when Jan Pallares defeated Sean Burnette in straight sets (6-2, 6-0).

Jakub Wojcik would put the Bulls back on top with a triumph over Felix Rauch (6-2, 6-4) but Memphis’ Watson tied things at 2-2 with a win over USF’s Peter Bertran on court 2 (6-3, 6-4).

The combo of Bertran and Wojcik downed the Tiger duo of Rauch and Kai Lemke 6-2 to give the four-time defending conference champs yet another advantage until Peniston grabbed a singles victory over Barroso-Campos (7-5, 6-4).

That’s when the senior Frenchman Luquet came through big for the Green and White, knocking off the German-born Patzanovsky (6-4, 7-6) to propel USF towards the title game.

Since the creation of the league, the Bulls have indeed NEVA LOST in the conference tournament, posting a perfect 14-0 record.

They will try to get a bit of revenge on a Tulane team that defeated them 6-1 in New Orleans just a few weeks ago on April 8.

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