Ivy League in the sun

USF’s women’s tennis team wasn’t the only team enjoying Florida’s warm weather this past week. Today’s opponent, Harvard University, has been in Tampa since Wednesday night, escaping the snow that engulfs the HU campus in Boston.

Harvard coach Gordon Graham said its been nice to get out of the cold weather and have a chance to get some practice time in before his team faces USF at 10 a.m. on the Varsity Tennis Courts.

“We’re just coming off our final exams, and we haven’t had a chance to work out together as a team,” Graham said. “We thought it would be nice to come to Florida for the nice, warm weather. It feels much better here than in Boston.”

Despite the extended stay before today’s match against the Bulls (0-2), Graham’s team hasn’t been able to do much sightseeing. Their plans to visit Busch Gardens fell through, so instead of riding roller coasters all day long, they settled for a trip to International Plaza.

And despite being down here for almost a week, Graham hasn’t really had a chance to evaluate the Bulls.

“We saw them play for about 15 or 20 minutes at the end of the doubles matches (against Florida Atlantic on Sunday),” Graham said. “We just focused on our practice.”

So today’s matchup shouldn’t give Harvard an extra advantage over the Bulls. However, Harvard hasn’t played a match yet, and the Bulls dropped their first two matches of the season over the weekend, giving HU an advantage in its overall record.

After being blanked by the No. 2 Gators in Gainesville on Saturday, the Bulls dropped their home opener Sunday to Florida Atlantic.