Men's Tennis Defeats Stetson

Feb. 13, 2010

DELAND, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team conquered Stetson in a 5-2 victory Saturday afternoon at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center nearby in Deland. The Knights (2-1) lost the point in doubles but continued on to win five of six singles matches.

"Our upperclassmen did a great job of stepping up today," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "Stetson put some pressure on by taking the doubles point and forcing a few three set matches, but we were resilient and stayed positive. Blaze Schwartz and Marc Rocafort continue to be a solid force in doubles and they both are rolling that momentum into their singles matches."

UCF's 21st-ranked duo of senior Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and junior Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) pulled off the only doubles win for UCF with an 8-6 victory at the No. 1 spot against Didrik Berg and Christopher Swanteson.

In singles competition sophomore Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) gave the Knights their first point of the day in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cesare Gallo at the No. 3 spot. Senior Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) defeated Alex Hackett 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 at No. 5 giving UCF the lead.

Coming off a doubles win, Rocafort eased into a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Mark Mestan, while Schwartz topped Njal Stein 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. The final victory for the Knights came from senior Brock Sakey (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat over Didrik Berg at No. 4.

With the defeat, Stetson drops to 2-1 on the season.

The Knights will continue play on Friday in Boca Raton where they will face Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. This will be the second of a four-match tour around Florida for the Knights.

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