UCF Returns to Action Friday Against FAU

March 5, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team returns to action Friday when it hosts No. 59 Florida Atlantic. This marks the second consecutive in-state opponent that the Knights (5-5) have faced in a week. First serve is at 11:30 a.m. at the UCF Tennis Complex, and admission is free.

Last Saturday, the Knights dropped a 6-1 decision to USF. This marked the first home loss for the team this year.

After dropping the doubles point, the Knights took three-of-six singles matches to a third set. Junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) dropped his tilt at the No. 3 spot, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-6, to Mahmoud Hamed. Junior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) also battled in a three-setter at the second spot, but came up short against Wael Kilani, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) added to his win total for the season when he collected the Knights' lone point by knocking off Romain Deridder, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Schwartz owns a team-best eight wins this year, and ran his mark to 4-0 at the No. 4 spot.

The Owls come into Orlando winners of their last six, earning them a spot in the ITA rankings at No. 59. FAU's latest win came against No. 65 Stetson as the Owls upset the visitors from DeLand, 5-2. After the Owls dropped the doubles point, the team went on to win five-of-six singles matches.

Following FAU, the Knights host a second weekend tilt when they faceoff against Georgia State Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

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