Men's Tennis Improves to 2-0 with Win Over Jackson

Jan. 29, 2011

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By Doug Richards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ( - The UCF men's tennis team improved to 2-0 Saturday as the Knights picked up a 4-3 victory over Jacksonville at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex. Junior Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.) clinched the win for UCF with a triumph at No. 4 singles.

The Knights took two of three doubles matches against the Dolphins (0-1) to take the first point of the day. At No. 1, Delinks and senior Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) topped Lance Lvovsky and Fernando Bano Lopez, 8-5. Facing Matthew Hansen and Logan Shamli at No. 2, junior Eugene Dolgovykh (Palm Coast, Fla.) joined freshman Matthew Zachary (Bossier City, La.) for an 8-5 victory.

"I thought we did very well at one and two doubles. That was key for us," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "It was a competitive match, which is what we expected. It is always tough to win on the road."

Delinks secured the win for UCF by handling Hansen, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4. The Knights also picked up victories at No. 3 from freshman Leonel Vivas (Caracas, Venezuela) and at No. 6 where sophomore Mario Samson (Miami, Fla.) was victorious.

The Knights will return to action Friday at No. 7 Florida.

UCF 4, Jacksonville 3

1. Joe Delinks/Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Fernando Bano Lopez/Lance Lvovsky (JU) 8-5
2. Eugene Dolgovykh/Matthew Zachary (UCF) def. Logan Shalmi/Matthew Hansen (JU)
3. Jose Fantova/Larry Condez (JU) def. Matthew Gladstone/Claudio Romano (UCF) 9-8

1. Fernando Bano Lopez (JU) def Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
2. Jose Fantova (JU) def. Claudio Romano (UCF) 6-1, 6-3
3. Leonel Vivas (UCF) def. Logan Shalmi (JU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
4. Joe Delinks (UCF) def. Matthew Hansen (JU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Larry Condez (JU) def. Matthew Gladstone (UCF) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
6. Mario Samson (UCF) def. Lance Lvovsky (JU) 7-6, 6-0