UCF Finishes Troy Despite Rain Delay

March 23, 2013

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By Mike Garabedian

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Despite lighting strikes and rain that caused an hour delay, the UCF men's tennis team still produced a 4-0 victory over Troy on Saturday at the UCF Tennis Complex. Action was retired early because of the weather.

"The guys came out and performed well today," assistant coach Jordie Kindervater said. "All the way through, we did a great job setting the tone in doubles and singles."

The win improves the Knights record to 10-7 and gives Bobby Cashman his 13th 10-win season in 14 years as the man in charge. UCF has now won three of its last four matches with the lone loss coming against No. 33 Cornell.

UCF began the afternoon on the right note after Mario Samson and Francesc Aulina won 8-5 to clinch the doubles point. During singles action, play was suspended due to inclement weather.

All six Knights - Jorge Blasco, Jose Sangroniz, Amar Hromic, Matthew Gladstone, Aulina and Samson - had won their first set when the delay occurred. Once play resumed, UCF finished Troy (7-10) in less than 10 minutes.

At the No. 3 position, Hromic was set to earn the victory, serving match point when the lighting detector sounded an hour and 20 minutes into the contest. Once action restarted, the freshman finished Troy's Sami Ghorbel, 6-1, 6-4.

A winner of three straight before the match, Matthew Gladstone breezed through Tadju Davies 6-2, 6-1 to earn his 10th victory of the season at the No. 4 slot.

"Hromic and Gladstone played some big tennis for us today, they did a great job staying on their opponents," Kindervater added.

Samson took care of business at the No. 6 position, producing a 6-2, 6-3 win over Andre Stabile. The senior has now won his last three consecutive contests in which he competed.

Blasco and Aulina were both leading, while Sangroniz was tied at one when the contest retired after Gladstone clinched the victory. UCF has won nine of 10 matches against Troy with its only loss coming in 2005.

The Knights are off until Saturday when they host UNC-Wilmington at 11 a.m. at the UCF Tennis Complex.

1. Amar Hromic/Jorge Blasco vs. Sami Ghorbel/Mansingh Athare (tied 5-5)
2. Matthew Gladstone/Juan Bolona def. Anas Rouchdi/Andre Stabile 8-5
3. Mario Samson/Francesc Aulina def. Tommy Cundy/Patrick Eichier 8-5

1. Jorge Blasco led. Anas Rouchdi 7-6(5), 1-1
2. Jose Sangroniz is tied with Mansingh Athare 6-3, 2-6
3. Amar Hromic def. Sami Ghorbel 6-1, 6-4
4. Matthew Gladstone def. Tadju Davies 6-2, 6-1
5. Francesc Aulina led. Daniel Bustamante 6-3, 3-4
6. Mario Samson def. Andre Stabile 6-2, 6-3