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Bulls, Gig still seeking first win

The University of South Florida’s women’s tennis team struggled in its first matches of the season this weekend, falling to intra-state teams Florida and Florida Atlantic on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Bulls (0-2) dropped the home opener 5-2 Sunday against FAU. The two points came from singles matches, as USF’s Belen Pandre defeated FAU’s Stephanie Beaulieu, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 6 spot, and Luisa Obando defeated Karolina Roubickova, 5-7, 3-2 (ret.), in the No. 3 match.

“It was a major letdown from (Saturday),” USF coach Gigi Fernandez said. “I thought the girls played really well (Saturday) at UF, and then today they allowed the pressure to get to them because they knew they could win this match.

“We need to learn how to play under pressure.”

The No. 2 Gators blanked the Bulls in the season opener Saturday in Gainesville. UF’s roster consisted of four players ranked in the top 25 in the nation in singles play, and those players proved to be too much for the young Bulls to overcome.

The closest match was at the No. 6 spot, with USF’s Pandre losing to Boglarka Berecz in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

The Bulls’ next match is at home against Harvard at 9 a.m. Tuesday.