April 17, 2014
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By Dan Forcella
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF men’s tennis team will travel to Memphis to compete in the American Athletic Conference Championships this weekend. The Knights will aim to win their fourth conference championship and fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Bobby Cashman.
The first-year, three-day event will take place at the Raquet Club of Memphis with the first round, semifinals, and finals taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. The fourth-seeded Knights will open up against fifth-seeded SMU Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
“It’s going to be a very close match,” Cashman said of the first round match-up against the Mustangs. “It’s going to be tight, win or lose. The doubles point is going to be big. If we can win the double point it will take some pressure off in singles.”
UCF has enjoyed one its best seasons in recent history, recording a 12-8 regular season record. The Knights have been ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 11 straight releases, climbing as high as 51st on March 18.
The 12 regular season wins are the most for UCF since earning 12 victories in the regular season back in the spring of 2007. That year the Knights went 12-11 before falling to UAB in the first round of the Conference-USA Tournament.
“I think we have to look back at the positives we’ve had during the regular season because we’ve had a good year,” Cashman said of the team’s outlook. “We’ve taken some losses lately, but this is like the second season. We have to put it all behind us and realize that everything is even now.”
Cashman and the Knights have had much success at conference tournaments over the years, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 2003-2005.
Last year UCF fell to East Carolina in the first round of the Conference-USA Tournament by a score of 4-3. The last time the Knights advanced to the semifinals of a conference tournament was in 2010 when UCF topped ECU 4-2 as the three seed in the C-USA Championship.
“Like in any championship, it’s about competing,” Cashman concluded. “If you compete, and you fight your hardest, you can be successful.”
Friday, April 18
- Match #1 9:00am CT #2 USF vs #7 UConn
- Match #2 12:00pm CT #3 Louisville vs #6 Temple
- Match #3 3:00pm CT #4 UCF vs #5 SMU
Saturday, April 19
- Match #4 11:00am CT Winner of Match #1 vs. Winner of Match #2
- Match #5 2:00pm CT #1 Memphis vs. Winner of Match #3
Sunday, April 20
- Match #6 12:00pm CT Winner of Match #4 vs Winner of Match #5