No. 70 USF Sweeps Wake Forest 7-0
Andrea Retolaza pushed her match to three sets on Sunday, but came up just short in the decisive 10-point tiebreaker.
Andrea Retolaza pushed her match to three sets on Sunday, but came up just short in the decisive 10-point tiebreaker.

March 10, 2013

Final Stats

By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)

TAMPA, Fla. - Wake Forest pushed three separate matches to second-set tiebreakers on Sunday afternoon, but could not capitalize as the Deacs fell 7-0 to No. 70 South Florida.

The loss drops the Demon Deacons to 1-10 on the season, while the Bulls improve to 6-4 in 2013.

USF quickly claimed the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Xue Zhang and Andrea Retolaza fought hard, but fell 8-1 at the No. 2 spot against Katie Vasenina and Loreto Alonso-Martinez. Karen Forman and Brigita Bercyte also put up a strong fight at No. 3 before dropping an 8-2 decision against Fanny Fracassi and Paula Montoya.

With the doubles point clinched, Kathryn Talbert and Kasey Gardiner opted to leave their match at No. 1 doubles unfinished while trailing 5-4 against Kayla Rizzolo and Danielle Mills.

Wake Forest sought to rebound in singles play, but Bercyte dropped the opening match at No. 6 by a final score of 6-0, 6-2 against Alessandra Bonte. Forman and Talbert also fell in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 1, respectively.

Gardiner and Zhang each forced their second sets to a tiebreaker. Gardiner, playing at No. 2, could not hang on against Mills despite powering back into the match, ultimately falling 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Zhang, at No. 3, also could not halt Alonso-Martinez's momentum in her second-set tiebreaker, suffering a 6-2, 7-6 (3) defeat.

In the final match of the day at No. 5 singles, Retolaza dropped her opening set against Montoya, but clawed back by winning a tiebreaker in the second to send it to a decisive final set. With the overall match decided, the two played a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Retolaza fought, but could not come away with the victory as Montoya earned the 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (5) win.

 

 

The Demon Deacons will return to action next Friday afternoon, Mar. 15, at 4:30 p.m. as they take a cross-country road trip to face No. 64 San Diego. It will be the first meeting all-time between the two schools.

#70 USF 7, Wake Forest 0

Singles Competition
1. Katie Vasenina (USF) def. Kathryn Talbert (WF) 6-2, 7-5
2. Danielle Mills (USF) def. Kasey Gardiner (WF) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. L. Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Xue Zhang (WF) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Karen Forman (WF) 6-1, 6-4
5. Paula Montoya (USF) def. Andrea Retolaza (WF) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5)
6. Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Brigita Bercyte (WF) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Kathryn Talbert/Kasey Gardiner (WF) vs. Kayla Rizzolo/Danielle Mills (USF) 4-5, unfinished
2. Katie Vasenina/L. Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Xue Zhang/Andrea Retolaza (WF) 8-1
3. Fanny Fracassi/Paula Montoya (USF) def. Karen Forman/Brigita Bercyte (WF) 8-2

Match Notes:
South Florida 6-4; National ranking #70
Wake Forest 1-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3*); Singles (6,4,1*,2,3,5)

 

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