UCF Takes Doubles Point, But Falls to No. 36 Miami

Feb. 24, 2012

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By Doug Richards

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's tennis team was unable to upset No. 36 Miami Friday, falling 5-2 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The match was the first of two in south Florida this weekend for the Knights.

UCF (2-5) began the afternoon by taking the doubles point, but the Hurricanes, who improved to 5-2, won five of six singles contests.

Sophomore Mitch Thams (Queensland, Australia) picked up the lone singles victory for UCF. He held off Henrique Tsukamto (6-3, 4-6, 6-2) at No. 4.

In doubles, Thams joined sophomore Erik Brunskog (Linkoping, Sweden) for a 9-8 (7-5) triumph over Omar Aly and Wilfredo Gonzalez at the top spot. The UCF win at No. 1 clinched the doubles point. The Knights saved a few match points down 8-7, and broke serve to get the tiebreaker.

Facing Marco Stancati and Victor Mauz at No. 3, junior Juan Bolona (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Matthew Gladstone (Surfside, Fla.) eased to an 8-1 victory.

UCF will conclude its trip to the southern portion of the state Sunday against Florida Atlantic at 10 a.m. in Boca Raton.

#36 Miami 5, UCF 2

Singles competition
1. Gabriel Flores (UM) def. Jorge Blasco (UCF) 6-4, 7-5
2. Omar Aly (UM) def. Erik Brunskog (UCF) 6-4, 6-1
3. Wilfredo Gonzalez (UM) def. Mario Samson (UCF) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Mitch Thams (UCF) def. Henrique Tsukamoto (UM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Diego Soto (UM) def. Joe Delinks (UCF) 6-4, 6-0
6. Victor Mauz (UM) def. Juan Bolona (UCF) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Erik Brunskog/Mitch Thams (UCF) def. Omar Aly/Wilfredo Gonzalez (UM) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Gabriel Flores/Diego Soto (UM) def. Mario Samson/Joe Delinks (UCF) 8-6
3. Juan Bolona/Matthew Gladstone (UCF) def. Marco Stancati/Victor Mauz (UM) 8-1