Knights Begin USF Invitational

Sept. 26, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - On Friday, the UCF men's tennis team began play at the USF Invitational at the USF Varsity Courts. Three Knights earned singles victories to open the three-day flighted, round-robin tournament.

UCF players squared off against members of Georgia State's team Friday.

Sophomore Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jackson Moore in flight 2. Facing William Adeimy in flight 4, freshman Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass) eased to a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Another UCF freshman, Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.), was also victorious. He defeated Trenton Spinks (6-0, 6-0) in flight 5 play.

UCF players won a pair of doubles tilts. Romao joined junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) to post an 8-6 win over Moore and Nejic Podkrajsek in flight 1.Playing with sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.), Delinks got past Henri Mangin and Spinks, 8-4 in flight 2.

Play will continue in Tampa on Saturday. Florida Gulf Coast and host USF are also competing at the event.

The Knights opened their fall season last weekend, competing at the Southern Intercollegiate Championship in Athens, Ga.

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UCF Singles Results
Nejic Podkrajsek (GSU) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 (Flight 1)
Claudio Romano (UCF) def. Jackson Moore (GSU) 6-1, 6-1 (Flight 2)
Henri Mangin (GSU) def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 7-5, 6-3 (Flight 3)
Joe Delinks (UCF) def. William Adeimy (GSU) 6-2, 6-1 (Flight 4)
Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Trenton Spinks (GSU) 6-0, 6-0 (Flight 5)

UCF Doubles Results
Beigart/Romano (UCF) def. Moore/Podrajsek (GSU) 8-6 (Flight 1)
Delinks/Schwartz (UCF) def. Mangin/Spinks (GSU) 8-4 (Flight 2)