UCF Men's Tennis Notebook - March 4

March 4, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team has not been in action since concluding the Conference USA Shootout on Feb. 24 in Mississippi. After the time off, the Knights are slated to spend ample time on the court this week.

The squad hosts Georgia State on Wednesday and Tennessee Tech on Friday.

Team Notebook
Renewing a Rivalry
Until three years ago, UCF and Georgia State were rivals in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Following the 2005 campaign, the Knights left the league for Conference USA. A year later, Georgia State joined the Colonial Athletic Association. On its way to the 2005 A-Sun title, UCF posted a 4-3 victory over the Panthers in the league championship semifinals in nearby DeLand. The squads have met once as non-conference foes with the Knights taking a 4-2 win against Georgia State in 2006 at the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Tournament.

Follow the Leaders
A pair of Knights are among the Conference USA leaders in victories this year. Sophomore Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) is tied for second at the No. 1 singles spot with a 3-1 mark. At No. 5, junior Tarek Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia) is 3-0, good for second in the conference.

First serve for the Knights' matchup with Georgia State is set for 2 p.m. The contest with Tennessee Tech is slated for 9 a.m. Admission to all home matches at the UCF Tennis Complex is free.

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