UCF Closes Regular Season with Big Win at Home

April 13, 2010

By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - On Tuesday afternoon, the UCF men's tennis team closed its regular season in strong fashion, sweeping local foe Embry-Riddle en route to a 9-0 victory at the UCF Tennis Complex. The Knights (11-7) won all three doubles contests, and then claimed each of the six singles matches.

The squads used NAIA rules and as a result, each doubles contest counted as a point. Embry-Riddle (16-5) is ranked third nationally in NAIA. The match was delayed on three occasions due to rain.

The contest served as the final home match for UCF's three seniors - Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden), Marc Rocafort (Barcelona, Spain) and Brock Sakey (Gulf Breeze, Fla.)

UCF dominated at the top of the lineup in singles as Rocafort (6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 over Jan Hoekzema) and Sakey (6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 over Alexis Heugas) registered quick victories. Beigart was also victorious in his final match in Orlando, topping Istvan Bolgar, 7-6 (4), 6-1, at No. 5.

Junior Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.), sophomore Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) and freshman Mario Samson (Miami, Fla.) also picked up singles wins for the hosts.

"I thought we did a great job remaining focused today and dealing with three rain delays and a talented squad from Embry-Riddle," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "We have really learned a great deal from all of our matches this year and that has shown in our last three matches. We are looking forward to the start of the C-USA tournament next week."

In doubles, Rocfort and Schwartz were 8-6 winners at the top spot over Hoekzema and Heugas. Facing Bolgar and Peter Francis at No. 2, Beigart and sophomore Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.) rolled to an 8-1 victory. Sakey and Romano were too much for Charlie Rice and Zander Woodford-Smith, as the Knights won 8-5 at No. 3.

With the win, UCF improved to 6-2 at home in 2010.

The Knights will now have more than a week to prepare for the C-USA Championship, which will begin April 22 in Houston. UCF's first match at the event should come on April 23.

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UCF 9, Embry-Riddle 0

Doubles Competition
1. Rocafort/Schwartz (UCF) def. Hoekzema/Heugas (ERU) 8-6
2. Delinks/Beigart (UCF) def. Francis/Bolgar (ERU) 8-1
3. Romano/Sakey (UCF) def. Rice/Woodford-Smith (ERU) 8-5

Singles Competition
1. Marc Rocafort (UCF) def. Jan Hoekzema (ERU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Brock Sakey (UCF) def. Alexis Heugas (ERU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Peter Francis (ERU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Claudio Romano (UCF) def. Charlie Rice (ERU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
5. Johan Beigart (UCF) def. Istvan Bolgar (ERU) 7-6 (4), 6-1
6. Mario Samson (UCF) def. Zander Woodford-Smith (ERU) 7-5, 6-1