UCF Tops Marquette for Third-Straight Victory

March 15, 2013

UCF Athletics Social Media Directory

By Mike Garabedian

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - On a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Orlando, the UCF men's tennis team picked up where it left off Sunday and defeated Marquette, 5-2, Friday at the UCF Tennis Complex.

The Knights improved to 9-6 on the season and sustained their home success with another victory at the UCF Tennis Complex. UCF is now 6-1 when competing on its home court, which includes four-straight victories over Florida Gulf Coast, UConn, Cleveland State and now Marquette (8-7).

"The guys put together a solid win today against a gritty opponent that came for us and really wanted to win," UCF head coach Bobby Cashman said. "We did a great job setting the tone in doubles and singles action."

UCF jumped out of the gate on fire, claiming the doubles point after a sweep in all three matches versus the Golden Eagles.

Jorge Blasco's six-match winning streak came to a halt, after he was defeated for the first time since Feb. 15. The senior fell at the No. 1 position to Dan Mamalat, 6-3, 6-1. Despite the hindrance, UCF's winning streak never looked in jeopardy as the Knights claimed victories in four other singles contests.

At the No. 6 position, Francesc Aulina picked up his tenth victory, good for the second most wins on the team. He dominated Marquette's Javier Varela Vernani, 6-1, 6-4 in less than an hour.

Down 5-4, with two set points in the opening set, Matthew Gladstone roared back to win, 7-5, 6-1, over Logon Collins at the No. 4 spot.

Like Gladstone, Amar Hromic rallied back from a 6-5 first set deficit with Cameron Tehrani serving for set point. He then scored two points to win the first set, 7-6 (4). In a back and forth second set, the freshman came out on top with a 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory at the No. 3 slot to seal the Knights their ninth victory of the season.

Shortly after, Jose Sangroniz finished with another win, this time over Vukasin Teofanovic at the No. 2 position. The native of Spain dug deep in the second set and came back from a 5-2 deficit to clinch a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

"Hromic and Sangroniz finished off their opponents simultaneously in impressive fashion," Cashman added.

The Knights return to the court Wednesday for a showdown against Cornell. First serve is 2 p.m. at the UCF Tennis Complex and admission is free to the public.

1. Amar Hromic/Jorge Blasco def. Dan Mamalat/Vukasin Teofanovic 8-6
2. Matthew Gladstone/Juan Bolona def. Logon Collins/Cameron Tehrani 8-4
3. Mario Samson/Francesc Aulina def. David Packowitz/James Stark 8-4

1. Dan Mamalat def. Jorge Blasco 6-3, 6-1
2. Jose Sangroniz def. Vukasin Teofanovic 6-4, 7-5
3. Amar Hromic def. Cameron Tehrani 7-6(4), 7-5
4. Matthew Gladstone def. Logon Collins 7-5, 6-1
5. Gleb Sklyr def. Juan Bolona 7-6(3), 4-6, (10-7)
6. Francesc Aulina def. Javier Varela Hernani 6-1, 6-4