TAMPA, Florida – No. 53 South Florida lost the doubles point, but bounced back to defeat No. 47 UNCW, 4-3, in a close match between two nationally-ranked teams Saturday at the USF Tennis Courts.

The Bulls improved to 8-3 on the season after winning their third straight match. The Seahawks stand 6-5 against a challenging schedule that has featured seven ranked teams this spring.

In Saturday’s match, the Seahawks dominated doubles play, sweeping all three matches to claim the early point. The No. 2 tandem of Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira beat USF’s Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez, 8-4, and UNCW’s 28th-ranked No. 1 team of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams trimmed No. 29 Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun, 8-7 (1). Santtu Leskinen and Christiaan Van der Burgh gave UNCW a sweep of the doubles with an 8-7 (3) verdict over Vadym Kalyuzhnyy and Everth Dzib.

The Bulls rebounded in singles, however, and took matches at the No. 2, 3, 5 and 6 positions to nail down the victory.

UNCW did win at the top of the lineup and at No. 4 in singles action. Aita, ranked No. 120, outlasted Cid, ranked No. 64, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, at No. 1 singles and Leskinen rallied past No. 99 Gozun, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.

The Seahawks return to the Sunshine State next Friday, March 14, to play North Florida in Jacksonville at 2 p.m.