Golden Knights Head West for Boise State Tournament

March 27, 2007

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - After playing 12-straight matches in the Sunshine State, the UCF men's tennis team heads west this week to compete at the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Tournament in Idaho. The Golden Knights open the 16-team event on Wednesday, facing Weber State at 11 a.m. Eastern.

UCF (11-5) is ranked 62nd nationally and will play four matches at the tournament, which concludes on Saturday. After meeting Weber State (5-8), the Golden Knights will play either Idaho or Texas-Arlington at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

The Golden Knights are also on the same side of the bracket as No. 19 Boise State, Gonzaga, Sacramento State and UC-Santa Cruz. Ball State, Cal Poly, Georgia State, Idaho State, Lewis-Clark, Montana, Portland and San Francisco are also participating in the event.

A year ago, UCF competed at the tournament in Idaho for the first time, going 2-2 to finish seventh. The Golden Knights will be facing Weber State for the first time.

The team is coming off of a 4-3 home victory over cross-state rival USF on March 24. Sophomore Norman Alcantara (Mexico City, Mexico) clinched the win for the hosts with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 decision over Henning Hipp at No. 4. UCF freshman Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) improved to 14-2 in singles play with 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 victory against Mahmoud Hamed at the No. 3 spot.

Following the tournament, UCF has three contests remaining in the regular season. The squad will participate in the Conference USA Championship in Houston starting April 20.

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