By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls started their run at the 2013 Bedford Cup with five victories in six singles matches Thursday at the University of Florida’s Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville.
Senior Alessandra Bonte handled Bethune-Cookman’s Ancia Ifill, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 64, while senior Fanny Fracassi handed Florida A&M’s Elysia Ortiz a 6-0, 6-1 loss. Freshman Vera Bessonova advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Stetson’s Brittany Hill and two more freshmen stepped up in the tournament’s opening round.
Seniors Kayla Rizzolo, the fifth seed, and Loreto Alonso-Martinez, the seventh seed, received first-round byes and start competition on Friday. Rizzolo will face UCF’s Cassie Hochwalt and Alonso-Martinez will take on FGCU’s Elizabeth Means.
Friday’s action begins with doubles at 9 a.m. followed by singles competition. Get updated results throughout the day HERE.
Singles First Round (Rnd of 64)
Eduarda Dos Santos (FSU) d. Hailey Grillo (USF), 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Kayla Rizzolo (USF) - BYE
Vera Bessonova (USF) d. Brittany Hill (Stetson), 6-0, 6-2
Fanny Fracassi (USF) d. Elysia Ortiz (FAMU), 6-0, 6-1
Olaya Garrido-Riyas (USF) d. Stefani Stojic (UF), 7-6 (6), 6-1
Alessandra Bonte (USF) d. Ancia Ifill (BCU), 6-1, 6-0
Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) - BYE
Olga Martinez (USF) d. Sarah Means (FGCU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2