#21 Knights Fall to #17 Georgia 4-2

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ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 21 UCF men's tennis team fell on the road 4-2 to No. 17 Georgia on Sunday, ending the team's six-match winning streak.

The doubles point was up for grabs as each court was close to start. Georgia pulled away on court one after being tied 2-2 as No. 8 Trent Bryde and Tyler Zink defeated Gabriel Decamps and Trey Hilderbrand 6-3. Court three was tight down to the wire but saw Philip Henning and Erik Grevelius edge Mikhail Sokolovskiy and Kento Yamada 6-4. Court two went unfinished as Bogdan Pavel and Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi were leading Blake Croyder and Billy Rowe 5-4.

The Knights started out strong in singles, winning five of six first sets.

Court four was the first to finish, which saw Yamada remain perfect in singles. His 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Croyder advanced him to 8-0 this season and leveled the match at 1-1.

Georgia responded with a win on court two as No. 73 Zink beat Alan Rubio by a count of 6-3, 6-2 to retake the lead.

No. 16 Decamps answered back with a huge win at the top spot in singles. He earned a straight set victory over No. 9 Byrde by a score of 6-1, 6-3. Decamps has gotten the best of two top 10 opponents this year, previously beating the No. 4 player in the nation when the Knights faced Texas A&M. Sunday's win was Decamps' eighth straight victory as he sits at 10-1 in dual match play. He climbs into a tie of seventh all-time in career victories at UCF, sitting even with Pedro Pacheco who earned 62 wins from 1995-99.

After Decamps' victory, the momentum shifted to the Bulldogs. UCF had won their first sets on the remaining three courts but saw Georgia take the second frame on two of the three.

The Bulldogs powered through on court five to regain their edge as Rowe edged Hilderbrand 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The match was clinched on court three where No. 18 Henning rallied back to beat No. 52 Grassi Mazzuchi by a tally of 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

The lone court to go unfinished was the No. 6 position as Sokolovskiy was leading Grevelius 7-6 (7-4), 6-6. Sokolovskiy's winning streak still sits at nine as he looks to crack double digits in the team's next match.

The Knights will return home to face another SEC opponent as they host No. 37 Arkansas.

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