Knights Drop 4-3 Decision to New Mexico State

March 24, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - On an 80 degree afternoon at the UCF Tennis Complex, the UCF men's tennis team suffered a 4-3 defeat to No. 67 New Mexico State. The loss drops the Knights to an even 8-8 on the season.

"The doubles point proved to be costly again in today's match," said head coach Bobby Cashman. "We were in every singles match, and our guys fought through to win 3-of-6 from New Mexico State."

The Knights collected singles wins from the 3-5 positions.

Freshman Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.) was a quick winner at the No. 5 spot over Matej Stanke, 6-1, 6-3. The win at the fifth position is the first for Delinks, and his fifth singles triumph on the season.

With a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Roman Stoisavljevic, sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) ran his singles record to 12-4 on the year. Leading the team in wins, Schwartz is now a perfect 5-0 at the No. 4 spot.

Struggling with cramping, junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) gutted out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 three-set victory over Arthur Surreaux. The triumph gives Beigart eight wins on the year, and his first at the third position.

Junior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) picked up the Knights' lone doubles win, 8-6, at the third spot.

With the completion of an eight-match homestand, the team heads west as they take on host Denver and Middle Tennessee State over the weekend in Colorado.

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Singles competition 1. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. Marc Rocafort (UCF) 6-0, 6-3 2. Gustave Diep (NMSU) def. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 3. Johan Beigart (UCF) def. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 4. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Roman Stoisavljevic (NMSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 5. Joe Delinks (UCF) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 6-1, 6-3 6. Stefan McKinney (NMSU) def. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition 1. Roman Stoisavljevic/Eduardo Salas (NMSU) def. Johan Beigart/Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 8-5 2. Jim Brouleau/Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Tarek Ben Soltane/Joe Delinks (UCF) 8-1 3. Marc Rocafort/Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Gustave Diep/Stefan McKinney (NMSU) 8-6