UCF Drops Contest with No. 33 Hurricanes

March 15, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Facing one of the top squads in the nation, the UCF men's tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 33 Miami Sunday at the UCF Tennis Complex. The contest served as the second-consecutive match against a ranked opponent for the No. 68 Knights.

UCF (7-7) faced No. 47 Radford Friday afternoon. On Sunday, the Hurricanes (6-5) took the doubles point and won all six singles contests.

Thanks to junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) and sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.), the hosts did record a win at No. 2 doubles. The pair posted an 8-5 victory over Keith Crowley and Carl Sundberg.

UCF's best chance for a singles win came at the top spot, where junior Marc Rocafort played Daniel Vallverdu. Miami held on for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory.

"Miami rebounded well today after a tough loss Friday, and they showed why they are highly ranked," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "Blaze and Johan played a very solid match at No. 2. They took care of their service games and continued to pressure Miami on return games until they got a break. We did not play well at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. We need to spend a lot of time working on the doubles to get ready for Winthrop. We competed well in singles. Marc was up on one of the best players in the country and lower in the lineup, we let a few tiebreakers slip from us."

At No. 1 doubles, Vallverdu and David Rosenfeld eased to an 8-0 win over senior Tarek Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia) and freshman Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.).

The Knights will return to action Friday, hosting Winthrop at 9 a.m.

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#33 Miami 7, #68 UCF 0

Singles competition
1. Daniel Vallverdu (UM) def. Marc Rocafort (UCF) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
2. Christian Blocker (UM) def. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) 6-3, 6-3
3. David Rosenfeld (UM) def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 6-3, 7-6
4. David Simon (UM) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 6-3, 7-6
5. Carl Sundberg (UM) def. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) 6-2, 6-2
6. Keith Crowley (UM) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. David Rosenfeld/Daniel Vallverdu (UM) def. Tarek Ben Soltane/Joe Delinks (UCF) 8-0
2. Johan Beigart/Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Keith Crowley/Carl Sundberg (UM) 8-5
3. Ignacio Taboada/Hector Nieto (UM) def. Danny Colon/Marc Rocafort (UCF) 8-2