UCF Begins Play in Tampa

Sept. 23, 2011

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By Doug Richards

TAMPA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team opened play at the inaugural State of Florida Championships Friday on the USF campus. The three-day event features seven squads from the Sunshine State.

Three Knights picked up singles wins to start the event. Fransesc Aulina handled Florida State's Jason Zafiros, 6-2, 6-4. Facing Will Neuner of Florida Atlantic, Mitch Thams registered a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Juan Bolona was also victorious for the Knights. He topped Gabe Echeverry of Florida Gulf Coast, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles action, Thams and Bolona won a pair of matches, and Gladstone and Aulina won one contest.

The tournament is the second of the fall for the Knights. Play at the event will resume Saturday.

Singles Results
Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) 6-2, 6-1
Julien Blair (UNF) def. Mario Samson (UCF) 6-3, 6-2
Fransesc Aulina (UCF) def. Jason Zafiros (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Matthew Gladstone (UCF) 3-6, 7-6 (10-5)
Mitch Thams (UCF) def. Will Nuener (FAU) 6-2, 6-4

Singles Results - B Draw First Round
Leonard Nahar (UNF) def. Eugene Dolgovykh (UCF) 6-3, 6-0
Juan Bolona (UCF) def. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Results
Sotomarino/Burchner (UNF) def. Dolgovykh/Delinks (UCF) 8-6
Thams/Bolona (UCF0 def. Janssen/Bacha (FAU) 8-3
Gladstone/Aulina (UCF) def. Belair/Treyz (UNF) 9-7

Doubles Reults - Second Round
Nieto/Ast (UM) def. Gladstone/Aulina (UCF) 8-6
Thams/Bolona (UCF) def. Yoshizawa/Pramming (USF) 8-5