COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team returns home Friday to play host to the University of South Florida Bulls. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies, who dropped five spots to No. 30 in this week’s ITA national rankings, are 3-4 and looking to snap a three-match losing skid after falling to No. 23 LSU, No. 6 Duke and No. 31 Wake Forest in their most recent outings.
South Florida (1-5) moved up one spot to No. 68 after picking up its first win of the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 55 Eastern Michigan on Monday in Tampa, Fla.
“This is going to be a crucial match for us coming off three loses,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “It is important that we come out ready to go, because South Florida is a very dangerous team. They were an NCAA team last year and they are very talented, so this by no means will be an easy match.”
A&M, 0-3 in away matches, is 2-1 at home with its only loss coming against No. 23 LSU in a 4-3 match that was moved to the indoor courts when A&M held a 3-2 lead.
“Being back home is a key thing,” Kleinecke said. “We definitely need to come out of the blocks early and really take a great attitude and confidence into this match, which is hard to do coming off three straight losses. But yesterday, we had one of our best practices that we have had in a long time, so I feel like the players are stepping up to the challenge.”
A&M is 4-0 all-time against South Florida. The teams have not met since 1995, when the 38th-ranked Aggies escaped Tampa with a 5-4 victory over the No. 32 Bulls.
The match against the Bulls is the first of two consecutive home matches for the Aggies. A&M plays host to No. 21 TCU on Thursday, March 5, before opening Big 12 Conference play on the road at No. 27 Texas on Saturday, March 7.