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.
BULLS WIN!!!— USF Men's Tennis (@USFMTEN) April 21, 2018
#5 USF defeats #1 Memphis, 4-3!
The Bulls are heading back to the AAC Finals for the fifth consecutive year, and are looking for a five peat!
USF remains perfect with a 14-0 record in AAC tournament play! #FeedtheBull pic.twitter.com/HFd7yC3tOE
Familiar territory for @USFMTEN— American Tennis (@American_Tenn) April 21, 2018
The Bulls advance to the American Championship Final for the FIFTH straight year with the win against top-seeded Memphis
Bulls, now 14-0 all-time in The American Championship, go for title No. 5 Sunday at noon CT on the American Digital Network pic.twitter.com/bhG4mlquZb
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.