No. 70 USF Sweeps Wake Forest 7-0
March 10, 2013
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.
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