Originally slated to play two games in four days, the USF women’s tennis team will now only play Tulane today at 5 p.m. in New Orleans to finish off the regular season. The Bulls were supposed to travel to Chicago on Sunday to play DePaul, but a prediction of snow has cancelled the match.
“It is what it is. You can’t control the weather,” USF coach Gigi Fernandez said. “If they don’t have indoor courts, they don’t have indoor courts — you can’t play tennis in the snow.”
DePaul and Tulane were the only Conference USA opponents on the Bulls’ roster and with the DePaul match scratched, USF will not get a very good cross-section of the conference before entering the C-USA tournament.
“We’re only going to get to play Tulane, and Tulane is No. 13 in the country,” Fernandez said. “It is hard to gauge (the C-USA tournament) by that.”
Despite the high ranking, Tulane is facing injury Fernandez said. If the Green Wave does not have all of their players healthy, the Bulls may prove to be a competitive force.
“They are No. 13 in the nation when they have their full lineup,” Fernandez said. “If they don’t play their full lineup they are not No. 13 in the nation.”
Even though the Bulls have a 4-12 record, Fernandez said Tulane will not take her team lightly.
“They are very well-coached, and (they are) not going to underestimate anybody in the NCAA,” Fernandez said.
Even if the Bulls are not underestimated, Tulane is still favored to win the match and USF has its work cut out for it. However, that position may not be too bad, Fernandez said.
“We definitely have played better when we are the underdogs,” Fernandez said. “Less pressure, less expectations.”