The No. 31 UCF men’s tennis team defeated its fifth top-30 program team, No. 27 Tulane, this season in the American Athletic Conference Championships at the USTA National Campus.
The second-seed Green Wave fell 0-4 to UCF. The Knights (16-5) claimed a 6-2 victory in doubles at No. 2 and a 6-1 win at No. 3.
“Our guys played really solid today,” men’s tennis head coach John Roddick said. “Our doubles was much better all around. We need to keep that momentum going into the finals tomorrow.”
Junior Korey Lovett led UCF into a 2-0 lead an hour into singles, recording eight aces.
“It’s been our goal all year [to make it to the finals of the championship],” said Lovett.
“We’ve been putting the work in, everyone wants to go out and compete hard and play at our highest level.”
The Knights face USF on Sunday at 12 p.m. Earlier in the series, UCF defeated the Bulls 4-2 in a War On I-4 match. UCF conceded the doubles point but claimed four singles matches.
UCF Athletics has published results from the matches:
1. Mariano Porter/Harrison Richmond (UCF) vs. Sebastian Rey/Chi-Shan Jao (Tulane), 4-3 unfinished
2. Danny Kerznerman/Korey Lovett (UCF) def. Ewan Moore/ Tyler Schick (Tulane), 6-2
3. Chris Barrus/Kalman Boyd (UCF) def. Luis Erlenbusch/Tim Ruetzel (Tulane), 6-1
1. Korey Lovett (UCF) def. Sebastian Rey (Tulane), 6-4,6-2
2. Ewan Moore (Tulane) vs. Danny Kerznerman (UCF), 7-6(8), 2-3 unfinished
3. Harrison Richmond (UCF) def. Tyler Schick (Tulane), 6-3,6-4
4. Luis Erlenbusch (Tulane) vs. Mariano Porter (UCF), 7-5,3-5 unfinished
5. Chris Barrus (UCF) def. Chi-Shan Jao (Tulane) 6-2,6-4
6. Time Ruetzel (Tulane) vs. Kalman Boyd (UCF), 6-4,6-5 unfinished