Knights Open Play in Tampa with Four Doubles Wins

Jan. 16, 2010

By Doug Richards

TAMPA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - On Friday, the UCF men's tennis team opened play at the USF Spring Invitational and posted a dominating performance in doubles action. Facing players from Radford, the Knights won all four of their doubles tilts on the USF campus.

In Flight 1, UCF's 21st-ranked duo of senior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and junior Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) defeated Ivan Salec and Zack Watson, 8-4. Facing Erik Finkebrink and Igor Ogrizek in Flight 2, senior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) and sophomore Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.) held on for a 9-8 (7-4) victory.

Senior Brock Sakey (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and sophomore Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) rolled to an 8-1 Flight 3 win over Thomas Dehaen and Mike Johnson. Against Paul Boslet and Brett Cromwell in Flight 4, sophomore Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) and freshman Mario Samson (Miami, Fla.) won 8-5.

Three Knights won in singles play as Dolgovykh was a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) winner over Boslet in Flight 7, and Delinks got past Cromwell (7-5, 6-2) in Flight 8. In Flight 6, Samson defeated Johnson, 6-1, 6-0.

Play at the three-day event will continue Saturday.

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Singles Results
Ivan Selec (RU) def. Marc Rocafort (UCF) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) (Flight 1)
Zack Watson (RU) def. Johan Beigart (UCF) 6-3, 6-1 (Flight 2)
Igor Ogrizek (RU) def. Claudio Romano (UCF) 6-1, 6-2 (Flight 3)
Erik Finkenbrink (RU) def. Brock Sakey (UCF) 6-4, 4-6 (10-8) (Flight 4)
Thomas Dehaen (RU) def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 6-3, 6-1 (Flight 5)
Mario Samson (UCF) def. Mike Johnson (RU) 6-1, 6-0 (Flight 6)
Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) def. Paul Boslet (RU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) (Flight 7)
Joe Delinks (UCF) def. Brett Cromwell (RU) 7-5, 6-2 (Flight 8)

Doubles Results
Rocafort/Schwartz (UCF) def. Salec/Watson (RU) 8-4 (Flight 1)
Beigart/Delinks (UCF) def. Finkenbrink/Ogrizek (RU) 9-8 (7-4) (Flight 2)
Sakey/Romano (UCF) def. Dehaen/Johnson (RU) 8-1 (Flight 3)
Dolgovykh/Samson (UCF) def. Boslet/Cromwell (RU) 8-5 (Flight 4)