Knights Fall to Drake in Indiana

Feb. 12, 2011

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By Doug Richards

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ( - The UCF men's tennis team concluded its trip to Indiana Saturday evening, falling 5-2 to Drake at the IU Tennis Center. The Bulldogs (3-0) claimed the doubles point, and then won four singles matches.

UCF fell to 2-3 with the loss.

In singles, UCF picked up victories at No. 2, where junior Claudio Romano (Valencia, Venezuela) defeated James McKie, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. At No. 5, junior Joe Delinks (Falmouth, Mass.) handled Jonathan Hadash, 6-4, 6-4.

UCF was also victorious at No. 1 doubles. There Delinks and senior Blaze Schwartz (Pensacola, Fla.) topped Mauricio Ballivian and Anis Ghorbel, 8-4.

"We competed well in the singles, but the doubles point was the key," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "It was a good experience to play indoors and we learned a lot about ourselves this weekend. Now we need to get ready for a long string of matches at home and continue to compete and get better."

The Knights will return to action on Friday, hosting Troy at 2 p.m. at the UCF Tennis Complex. The match opens a nine-contest homestand for the Knights.

Drake 5, UCF 2

Singles competition 1. Mauricio Ballivian (DU) def. Blaze Schwartz (UCF) 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
2. Claudio Romano (UCF) def. James McKie (DU) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Leonel Vivas (UCF) 6-3, 6-2
4. Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Erik Brunskog (UCF) 6-2, 6-4
5. Joe Delinks (UCF) def. Jonathan Hadash (DU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Robin Goodman (DU) def. Mitch Thams (UCF) 7-6, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Joe Delinks/Blaze Schwartz (UCF) def. Mauricio Ballivian/Anis Ghorbel (DU) 8-4
2. Robin Goodman/James McKie (DU) def. Eugene Dolgovykh/Erik Brunskog (UCF) 8-5
3. Jonathan Hadash/Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Claudio Romano/Mitch Thams (UCF) 8-4