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Bulls open tennis season with win

The USF men’s tennis team was off to a great start to its season in the USF Spring Invitational this weekend – which also featured William & Mary, Florida A&M and the Memphis Tigers – but the rain prevented it from officially winning its first tournament of 2008.

Heading into Sunday, the Bulls were well on their way to getting the win, after dominating Memphis in the first day of competition and then sweeping William & Mary in day two.

After winning two of three doubles matches and five out of six singles against the Tigers, USF had shown that it was set on dominating its opponents.

“I was very impressed with the first day of competition,” USF coach Don Barr said to “We came out strong in doubles and carried over our intensity into singles play.”

If William & Mary expected a letdown by the Bulls in the second day, it was disappointed when USF didn’t lose a single match.

Senior Mahmoud Hamed showed why he is ranked in the Top 100 as he defeated Dominic Pagon 6-4, 6-1 in a match that displayed the high level the team is at right now.

The Bulls were supposed to play Florida A&M on Sunday, but as game time neared, so did the rain. The matches were cancelled and no make-up date was announced.

“We would have probably won the tournament, since we only needed to win a couple of singles and doubles matches,” Barr said. “Now, we are focusing on next weekend’s tournament, when we are going to be playing powerful, nationally-ranked opponents.”

The team returns to the USF Varsity Tennis Courts Jan. 18-20 to host the USF Spring Classic, which will pit the Bulls against Auburn, Central Florida and Virginia Tech.