ORLANDO, Fla – The UCF men's tennis team climbs to No. 13 in this week's Oracle/ITA team rankings, setting a new program record after a 4-0 week against four ranked opponents. Two singles players as well as a pair of duos are ranked heading into the week.
The Knights jumped 13 spots from last week's poll and deservedly so as the Black and Gold began the week by dominating No. 31 Arkansas in singles, beating them by a count of 6-1. UCF then went on the road and swept No. 48 SMU and No. 24 Oklahoma, before triumphing over No. 18 Oklahoma State, all in a matter of three days. The new ranking tops the team's previous best by three spots as the Knights began the season at No. 16 in the Oracle/ITA team poll.
UCF has to players ranked in singles as Gabriel Decamps remains at No. 4 and Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi checks back into the rankings at No. 124. Decamps is 14-1 this season and 6-1 against ranked opposition. It is the second straight week of him at No. 4 after he started the season at No. 16. He is currently riding a 12-match winning streak. Grassi Mazzuchi sits at 9-4 on the season and is back into the rankings after initially starting the season at No. 52 in the singles rankings. He has won three straight and had an impressive weekend, going 3-0 in singles play.
Trey Hilderbrand is a part of both Knight tandems in the doubles rankings. He and Decamps make up the nation's No. 26 pair while Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel sit at No. 29. Hilderbrand and Decamps have compiled an 8-4 record so far this season, earning five wins over ranked tandems in eight tries. Director of Tennis John Roddick went back to a familiar lineup and paired Hilderbrand and Pavel together for the team's matches against No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 18 Oklahoma State. Hilderbrand and Pavel had previously climbed as high as No. 3 in the country together back in 2019. They found that chemistry again this weekend, going 2-0 at the top doubles spot, beating the nation's No. 24 and 52 pairs.
The Knights have a chance to add another huge win to their resume as they host No. 14 Wake Forest on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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