Knights Sweep Bethune-Cookman

April 2, 2014

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By Dan Forcella

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF men’s tennis team got back to its winning ways on Wednesday.  The no. 57-ranked Knights swept Bethune-Cookman 7-0 to improve to 11-6 on the season.

UCF got out to a good start, winning the first two doubles matches to secure the first point of the day.  Chris Barrus and Inaki Espindola won 8-3 at the number three position before Amar Hromic and Jesse Flores won 8-5 at number one to make it 1-0 in favor of the Knights.  Francesc Aulina and Matthew Gladstone were leading 7-3 before their match went unfinished.

Barrus wasted no time adding to UCF’s lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win at number three singles. Aulina then won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 at number one, before Hromic clinched the match for the Knights by winning 6-4, 6-3 at number two to make it 4-0.

Jose Sangroniz continued the Knights’ winning trend on court five.  The sophomore won 6-5, 6-2 in his first action of the day.  Espindola made it 6-0 UCF with a 6-0, 6-4 win at number four singles.

Flores completed the sweep for the Knights.  After winning the first set 7-5 against Bethune’s Greg Almeida, Flores dropped set two by a score of 2-6 to send the match into a third set tiebreaker.  He won 10-3 to give UCF the 7-0 triumph.

The Knights will return to the court on Friday for their final home match of the season.  UCF hosts Troy at 2 p.m. in the final home outing for lone senior Matthew Gladstone.

Singles competition
1. Francesc Aulina (UCFM) def. GTARI,Walid (BCUM) 6-2, 6-2
2. Amar Hromic (UCFM) def. ROTICH,Gilbert (BCUM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Chris Barrus (UCFM) def. LOBELO,Santiago (BCUM) 6-0, 6-0
4. Inaki Espindola (UCFM) def. BARRERA,Alvaro (BCUM) 6-0, 6-4
5. Jose Sangroniz (UCFM) def. GARAVITO,Diego (BCUM) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jesse Flores (UCFM) def. ALMEIDA,Greg (BCUM) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3) 

Doubles competition
1. Amar Hromic/Jesse Flores (UCFM) def. ROTICH,Gilbert/ALMEIDA,Greg (BCUM) 8-5
2. Matthew Gladstone/Francesc Aulina (UCFM) vs. GTARI,Walid/BARRERA,Alvaro (BCUM) 7-3, unfinished
3. Chris Barrus/Inaki Espindola (UCFM) def. LOBELO,Santiago/GARAVITO,Diego (BCUM) 8-3 

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,4,6)



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