#21 UCF Set for 3 Ranked Matchups in 3 Days

#21 UCF at #48 SMU
Friday, March 26, 4 p.m.
#21 UCF at #24 Oklahoma
Saturday, March 27, 1 p.m.
#21 UCF at #18 Oklahoma State
Sunday, March 28, 1 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The No. 26 UCF men's tennis team is set for a busy road trip as they'll face three ranked opponents in three days this weekend.

The Knights are coming off a dominant performance in singles on Wednesday which saw them win all six matches in straight sets over No. 31 Arkansas. Mikhail Sokolovskiy enters the match having won ten straight in singles while Gabriel Decamps and Kento Yamada have each been victorious in nine straight decisions.

The trip begins at No. 48 SMU as the Knights will face their second conference opponent of the season. After that, the Black and Gold head north to face No. 24 Oklahoma on Saturday and No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sunday.

The Knights will face No. 48 SMU in Dallas on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. The Mustangs are one of seven teams in the American Athletic Conference that are in the top 50 of the Oracle/ITA team rankings. So far, they've compiled a record of 13-9 with ranked wins over Oklahoma and San Diego. SMU's lone ranked doubles tandem of Tomas Vaise and Juan Jose Bianchi are currently No. 63 in the country. UCF was winless against the Mustangs in four previous meetings until the 2019 American tournament where the Knights swept SMU 4-0.

Saturday marks just the second meeting and first since 1989 between the Sooners and the Knights. Director of Tennis John Roddick spent seven years coaching at Oklahoma, guiding his teams to a record of 146-48 and an eventual No. 1 ranking in the Oracle/ITA team poll. The Sooners are 8-8 this season and sit at No. 24 in the country. They're fresh off a win over No. 15 Arizona and added a ranked win over No. 12 Wake Forest earlier in the season. Oklahoma has two ranked singles players as Mason Beiler checks in at No. 105 and Jake Van Emburgh sits at No. 110. Nathan Han and Alex Martinez Puigdellose are ranked 52nd in doubles for the Sooners.

Oklahoma State currently sit at 6-5 this season but will play a match against Tulsa before facing the Knights on Sunday. UCF swept the Cowboys 4-0 in their last meeting which was back in 2019. It was the first win the Black and Gold have tallied in three tries against Oklahoma State. No. 44 Matej Vocel and No. 106 Emile Hudd are ranked in singles for the Cowboys while Vocel is ranked in two doubles tandems. He is No. 24 when paired with Henrik Korsgaard and No. 69 when paired with Hudd.

The three ranked opponents the Knights will be facing this weekend will bring their season total to seven with even more on the schedule later in the campaign.

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