UCF Men's Tennis Defeats FGCU 6-1 for its First Wi

Jan. 24, 2009

Final Stats

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team (1-1) defeated Florida Gulf Coast (0-2), 6-1, on a 73-degree afternoon at the UCF Tennis Complex. The 80 fans on hand saw the Knights win five out of the six singles matches, and take two of three in doubles from the Eagles.

"I was happy with the effort for the first home match of the season," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "We need to be more consistent in doubles as the season progresses, but I was pleased with the effort of the 4-6 players in singles. They did an excellent job of staying focused and closing out their matches."

Doubles play kicked off with sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) and senior Danny Colon (Jacksonville, Fla.) claiming the 8-4 victory at the No. 3 spot over Edson Lima and Gonzalo Rafael De Villa to give the Knights their first win of the day. Fellow juniors Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) followed suit by claiming an 8-2 victory over Danny Lee and Brad Henderson in the second position.

After taking the doubles point, junior Brock Sakey (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) quickly gave UCF its first singles point by defeating Danny Lee, 6-1, 6-1, in just under an hour at the No. 3 spot. Sakey defeated Lee in last year's match, 6-0, 6-1, in the same amount of time.

With a win at the No. 4 position, Schwartz picked up his second singles victory of the dual-match season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lima.

The Knights also picked up singles victories from senior Tarke Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia), freshman Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) and Colon.

The Knights return to action Saturday, Jan. 31, as they host North Florida and Bethune-Cookman in a doubleheader at the UCF Tennis Complex. The first match begins at 9 a.m.

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Tennis Match ResultsFlorida Gulf Coast University vs UCF1/24/2009 at Orlando, Fla.

UCF 6, Florida Gulf Coast University 1

Singles competition1. Thibaud Aime (FGCU) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)2. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) def. Brenton Bacon (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)3. Brock Sakey (UCF) def. Danny Lee (FGCU) 6-1, 6-04. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Edson Lima (FGCU) 6-3, 6-25. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Brad Henderson (FGCU) 6-1, 6-16. Danny Colon (UCF) def. Gonzalo De Villa (FGCU) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition1. Brenton Bacon/Thibaud Aime (FGCU) def. Brock Sakey/Joe Delinks (UCF) 8-62. Marc Rocafort/Johan Beigart (UCF) def. Danny Lee/Brad Henderson (FGCU) 8-23. Blaze Schwartz/Danny Colon (UCF) def. Edson Lima/Gonzalo De Villa (FGCU) 8-4

Match Notes:Florida Gulf Coast University 0-2UCF 1-1Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,2,1)