Men's Tennis Opens Local Event

Oct. 11, 2008

WINTER PARK, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Playing close to home, the UCF men's tennis team began play at the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational Friday. A pair of Knights advanced to the singles quarterfinals by picking up two victories on day one.

In the flight A draw, junior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) opened the day with a win over Emmanuel Fratzil of Barry (6-3, 6-3). He then got past Neil Clausen of host Rollins, 6-4, 6-2. Rocafort, who is competing for the first time this fall, will meet Stetson's Marksim Levanovich Saturday.

In flight b, sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) also won two matches. He defeated Britten Vaught of Rollins, 6-5, 6-0 and then topped Nick Rowlands of Rollins (6-1, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, he will meet Marcelo D'Armas of Barry.

Play at the three-day event will conclude Sunday.

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UCF Results
Johan Beigart (UCF) def. Gino Martinez (Flagler) 6-3, 6-4
Njal Stine (Stetson) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 6-2, 6-4
Rafael Array (Armstrong Atlantic) def. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) 6-3, 6-4
Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) def. Paul Fitzgerald (Armstrong Atlantic) 6-4, 6-3
Andrew Sharnov (Barry) def. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) 6-3, 6-3
Marc Rocafort (UCF) def. Emmanuel Fratzil (Barry) 6-3, 6-1
Marc Rocafort (UCF) def. Neil Clausen (Rollins) 6-4, 6-2
Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Britten Vaught (Rollins) 6-5, 6-0
Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Nick Rowlands (Rollins) 6-1, 6-1
Adam Podbelski (Rollins) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) wd
Beigart/Rocafort (UCF) def. Htansanov/Tilton (Palm Beach Atlantic) 8-1