Compliments of correspondent Joel Leventhal …

The South Florida women’s tennis team ended up on the wrong end of a 4-3 match result against No. 49 ranked New Mexico on Saturday.

In doubles play, USF juniors Lauren Shumate and Allyn Muller defeated the Lobos’ Anya Villanueva-Forte and Ashley Bonner 8-4.

That would be the Bulls’ only doubles victory all day. Jessica Sweeting and Natalia Guevara lost a close match while Jessica Zok and Iciri Rai fell 9-8 to Maria Sotirchos and Ola Abou-Zekry.

In singles play, Rai and Muller each lost close matches to Emma Hayman and Maria Sotirchos respectively.  Natalia Guevara avenged her defeat in doubles earlier by defeating Manumea Durie in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4.  Lauren Shumate continued her stellar play by coming out victorious 6-1 and 6-1 against Ashley Bonner.

As this is USF’s first official match, the Bulls are 0-1 on the year.

USF will travel to Gainesville to take on the University of Florida on Feb. 4 before returning home to play the opener against Furman on Feb. 13.