Knights Blaze Past UAB

April 4, 2009

GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team won its second contest in as many days at the Knights blasted UAB, 6-1, Saturday at the ECU Tennis Complex as part of the Conference USA Shootout. UCF (10-8) won all three doubles matches and then claimed five of six singles tilts.

The Knights will conclude the C-USA Shootout Sunday with a match against host East Carolina. On Friday, UCF posted a 4-3 win over Southern Miss to begin the event.

"As well as we played in singles today, it was our doubles that was key. It has been a while since we swept the doubles, when you dominate like we did early you make it very tough for the oposition to get any confidence," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "Despite the final score it was a very tight match, we did a great job of fighting through and finishing."

After teaming with junior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) for a win at No. 1 doubles, sophomore Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) eased to a victory at No. 3 singles. He handled Alex Emery, 6-2, 6-2. Beigart was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Daniel Moser at No. 4. The Blazers' (7-9) lone point came at the No. 5 position.

At the top spot, junior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) topped Dan Cornei, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Facing Brian Ly at No. 2, senior Tarek Ben Soltane (Tunis, Tunisia) rallied for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.

Freshman Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) concluded the day with a UCF win by defeating Dennie Ehrlich (6-0, 3-6, 6-4) at No. 6.

In the most competitive doubles contest of the match, Dolgovykh and Rocafort held on for an 8-7 win over Tyrone Ewels and Moser at No. 3.

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UCF 6, UAB 1

Singles competition
1. Marc Rocafort (UCF) def. Dan Cornei (UAB) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. Tarek Ben Soltane (UCF) def. Brian Ly (UAB) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Alex Emery (UAB) 6-2, 6-2
4. Johan Beigart (UCF) def. Daniel Moser (UAB) 6-4, 6-3
5. Tyrone Ewels (UAB) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) 6-3, 7-6
6. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Dennis Ehrlich (UAB) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Johan Beigart/Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Dennis Ehrlich/Slawomir Szeremeta (UAB) 8-3
2. Tarek Ben Soltane/Joe Delinks (UCF) def. Alex Emery/Brian Ly (UAB) 8-3
3. Eugene Dolgovykh/Marc Rocafort (UCF) def. Tyrone Ewels/Daniel Moser (UAB) 8-7