Knights Fall at No. 7 Florida

Feb. 5, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team saw its three-match winning streak end Thursday as No. 7 Florida posted a 6-1 win over the Knights at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Freshman Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) recorded a singles win for UCF (3-2).

The Gators improved to 5-0 with the victory.

UCF recorded its point at the No. 5 singles position. Facing Erik Corace, Dolgovykh registered a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win.

Florida began the tilt by winning all three doubles contests. At No. 1, Antoine Benneteau and Joey Burkhardt defeated junior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.), 8-6.

The hosts then took five of six singles matches. Junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) fell to Florida's Alex Lacroix at the top spot (6-2, 6-2). At No. 2, Benneteau was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over senior Tarek Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia).

"When you are playing a top-10 program, you need a more focused effort," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "We have a short turnaround as we will play another great program tomorrow. We are moving our focus towards Clemson and I expect us to do the things from the start that will help us be successful."

The Knights are scheduled to return to the courts Friday morning, meeting Clemson in Miami.

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No. 7 Florida 6, UCF 1
Singles competition
No. 1 Alex Lacroix (UF) def. Johan Beigart (UCF), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Antoine Benneteau (UF) def. Terek Ben Soltane (UCF), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 (63) Joey Burkhardt def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF), 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Jeff Dadamo (UF) def. Marc Rocafort (UCF), 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Erik Corace (UF), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
No. 6 Daniel Cash (UF) def. Danny Colon (UCF), 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
No. 1 Benneteau/Burkhardt (UF) def. Rocafort/Schwartz (UCF), 8-6
No. 2 Dadamo/Lacroix (UF) def. Delinks/Dolgovykh (UCF), 8-2
No. 3 Cash/Corace (UF) def. Beigart/Colon (UCF), 8-3