Romano Leads Knights at USF Invitational

Sept. 28, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - An impressive singles win from sophomore Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) highlighted the final day of play for the UCF men's tennis team at the USF Invitational. Romano went 3-0 at the tournament, including a win Sunday over USF's Jamal Adderly, the nation's 91st-ranked singles player.

Romano posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Adderly to claim the flight 2 title at the tournament. The Knights posted two singles and two doubles wins Sunday against foes from USF.

"We competed very well all weekend and today we learned a lot about where we need to get in order to be a tournament team," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "I am especially proud of Claudio who picked up a big win over a ranked player en route to winning his flight."

In flight 6, UCF freshman Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) topped Yannick Yoshizawa (6-4,6-3).

The event began Friday. Florida Gulf Coast and Georgia State were also in action in Tampa.

In doubles play, seniors Tarek Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia) and Brock Sakey (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) were 8-6 winners over Adderly and Yoshizawa. Against Mark Oljaca and Alex Pukal, senior Danny Colon (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Dolgovykh recorded an 8-5 victory.

UCF's next tournament is slated for next weekend. A few Knights will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the D'Novo All-American Championship.

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UCF Singles Results
Lucas Jovita (USF) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 7-5, 6-4 (Flight 1)
Claudio Romano (UCF) def. Jamal Adderly (USF) 6-4, 6-2 (Flight 2)
Romain Deridder (USF) def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 6-3, 3-6, ret. (Flight 3)
Kilani Wael (USF) def. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) 6-4, 6-3 (Flight 4)
Mark Oljaca (USF) def. Brock Sakey (UCF) 6-3, 6-3 (Flight 5)
Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) 6-4, 6-3 (Flight 6)
Thomas Estrada (USF) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) 6-2, 6-3 (Flight 7)
Alex Pukal (USF) def. Danny Colon (UCF) 6-2, 6-1 (Flight 8)

UCF Doubles Results
Estrada/Jovita (USF) def. Beigart/Romano (UCF) 9-8 (3) (Flight 1)
Deridder/Wael (USF) def. Delinks/Schwartz (UCF) 8-3 (Flight 2)
Ben Soltane/Sakey (UCF) def. Adderly/Yoshizawa (USF) 8-6 (Flight 3)
Colon/Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Pukal/Oljaca (USF) 8-5 (Flight 4)