UCF Men's Tennis Faces Road Challenge

Feb. 10, 2012

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By David Buchman

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With the spring collegiate tennis schedule in full swing, the UCF men's tennis team is taking to the road for the first time this season. Traveling to Louisiana this weekend, the Knights will face two Pelican State opponents.

On Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette will host the Knights at the Cajun Courts for a 12 p.m. EST match. On Sunday, the Knights will visit New Orleans to face Conference USA opponent Tulane at the Goldring Tennis Center for an 11 a.m. EST match. Tulane will be the Knights' first C-USA test of the season.

The Knights (2-1) come into the weekend following a 7-0 win over Georgia Southern, where Mario Samson and Jorge Blasco battled to remain undefeated. So far Blasco's season has been highlighted by his 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Danny Kreyman of Wake Forest, who is the 115th-ranked player in the nation.

The catalyst for the Knights this season has been to attack first and win the doubles point. When they have done so, the team is 2-0 and has tallied 13 points.

As for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2), the Ragin' Cajuns host Abilene Christian on Friday, before hosting the Knights Saturday. Louisiana-Lafayette has not solidified a competitor at its No. 1 position, yet holds a 2-1 record at the top spot. The Knights will be watching closely Friday to gauge how the Ragin' Cajuns set their lineup.

Sunday's opponent, Tulane, holds a 2-3 record and will also get its first look at a C-USA team. The Green Wave are strong at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 positions, but are still looking for a true No. 1 to emerge. For the Green Wave, they will face LSU on Friday before hosting the Knights.

After these two matches, the Knights will return to action at the UCF Tennis Complex on Friday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. to face North Florida. Admission to the event is free for all spectators.