UCF Opens Conference Play, Hosts SMU

#38 SMU at #57 UCF
Friday, March 25 | 5 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. – The UCF men's tennis team is set to open conference play, hosting SMU on Friday, March 25, from the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
The conference matchup will have live stats and be live streamed.
UCF is coming off at three-match week where it had two 3-4 heartbreakers to Big Ten teams of Nebraska and Illinois, but the Knights were able to bounce back to defeat No. 67 FAU, 4-1.
Since pairing up in doubles, Trey Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel are 4-0 at the number one doubles spot and 2-0 against ranked opponents. The duo jumped back into the ITA rankings, reaching No. 35.
In singles, Alan Rubio and JC Roddick have found rhythm as they are both on a four-match win streak.
UCF is set for conference play as the Knights face five AAC opponents to close out the regular season. The Knights will see SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, Memphis, and South Florida.
UCF is the defending conference champion after going undefeated, 7-0, in conference play last season and taking down Wichita State and South Florida in the AAC tournament.
Most notably, the Knights have not lost to an AAC opponent since 2018.

SMU is 11-6 on the season and 4-0 when on the road. The Mustangs have had two upsets over ranked opponents: No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 35 San Diego.
The Mustangs have one ranked doubles duo with No. 76 Adam Neff and Ivan Thamma.

UCF and SMU have two common opponents so far this season. Both teams have lost to Michigan, but the Mustangs were able to top Nebraska, 4-3.
SMU leads the short all-time series, 4-2, over UCF but the Knights have won the past two matchups with a pair of 4-0 sweeps

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