This past two weeks of UCF Knights saw one team make it into the Top 75 in the nation, another team has a mixed start to March, and another athlete join her teammates in individual glory. Plus, we name the Knight of the Week in your Knight Cap for Monday, March 13, 2023.
Women’s Golf’s Sisutham Wins in Gainesville
A Knight won the Gators Invite… you love to see it— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) March 6, 2023
Congrats to the rookie Sandwich Sisutham on her first-career win! #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/thvPichGNt
True freshman Pimpisa “Sandwich” Sisutham became the latest Knight to bring home an individual victory.
She won the Vystar Credit Union Gators Invitational by defeating Florida junior Maisie Filler in a three-hole playoff after they tied for the lead after two rounds at 133 (-7). The tournament was shortened to two rounds due to weather.
Sisutham was also one of only four golfers who finished under par.
Sisutham’s performance helped the #25 Knights finish tied for 2nd place as a team with #7 Mississippi State at 567 (+7), four strokes back of the #27 Florida Gators.
UCF jumped five spots in Golfstats’ rankings to 20th in the nation. Individually, Sisutham is one of three Knights ranked in the Top 250 in the nation at #123, alongside Anna Nordfors (#111) and Tunrada Piddon (#61).
The Knights will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday at the Briar’s Creek Invitational in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Jumpin' up 5 spots in this weeks Golfstat ranking pic.twitter.com/lulTyaaTsB— UCF Women's Golf (@UCF_WGolf) March 8, 2023
Rayniah Jones Named 2nd-Team All American at NCAA Indoors
Another incredible accomplishment for our ⭐️— UCF Track & Field/XC (@UCF_Track) March 11, 2023
Rayniah Jones is a Second Team All-American in the 60-meter hurdles #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/MxtoPPb1iv
Junior Rayniah Jones wrapped up her Indoor Track and Field season with a 12th-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
While her 8.16-second time was not enough to advance to the Final, it was enough to get her a second straight Indoor Track and Field All-America award.
The Outdoor Track and Field season kicks off on Friday with the Black and Gold Invitational at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex.
Men’s Tennis Ranked After First AAC Win
Riding off into the sunset with a #ChargeOn⚔️ pic.twitter.com/aqxBYhCpD4— UCF Men's Tennis (@UCF_MTennis) March 12, 2023
The UCF Men’s Tennis team made the ITA Top 75 after defeating #51 Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton 5-2 on Friday.
The Knights lost to future conference-mate No. 30 Oklahoma State, 4-2, but picked up a 4-2 victory over SMU in their first conference matchup of 2023.
Freshman Liam Branger went on a 3-0 tear in singles over the weekend — the only Knight to go unbeaten.
Senior Bogdan Pavel held on to his #105 singles ranking and his #76 doubles rank with Lleyton Cronje.
The young Knights will be tested this week as #4 Ohio State comes to the USTA National Campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by #2 Texas at noon on Saturday.
Finding our stride— UCF Men's Tennis (@UCF_MTennis) March 7, 2023
73 (ITA Rankings)
↔️ Bogdan Pavel (105)
Pavel/Cronje (76)#ChargeOn ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ZEjTxrwe9A
Men’s Golf Makes Top 5 at Sea Palms Invitational
— UCF Men's Golf (@UCF_MGolf) March 12, 2023
It was a strong weekend, as we finished 4⃣th as a team and Johnny Travale finished 1⃣1⃣th on the player leaderboard
- https://t.co/ayAEXZNd2D pic.twitter.com/PibdEPF063
UCF Men’s Golf brought home its third Top-5 finish of the season at the Sea Palms Invitational in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The Knights finished in 4th place overall at 838 (-14) which tied for the 5th-lowest 54-hole team score in program history. They finished 29 strokes behind Davidson, who won it with an 809 (-43).
Leading the pack individually was 5th-year Johnny Travale, who wound up in a tie for 11th overall at -6.
The Knights will be back in action in Georgia again this weekend in Statesboro at the Schenkel Invitational, hosted by Georgia Southern.
Women’s Tennis Goes 1-2 to Open March
Taking wins day 'n night #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/TK9GWXMVdY— UCF Women's Tennis (@UCF_WTennis) March 9, 2023
UCF Women’s Tennis went 1-2 against three Top-45 opponents to kick off March: a 4-0 loss to #30 Miami (FL), a 5-2 win over #41 Penn State, and a 4-1 loss to #11 Virginia.
One of the highlights was freshman Stefani Webb getting her first singles win against a Top-125 player, UVA’s Elaine Chervinsky (6-3, 6-3).
Stefi earns her first ranked win (!!!!!!) with an ace to give us our first point of the night— UCF Women's Tennis (@UCF_WTennis) March 11, 2023
FYI: this is the second straight match won by an ace for Stefi #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/3hpJW9DkNf
While the Knights slid to 29th in the ITA’s rankings as a team, senior Marie Mattel jumped up a spot to #30 in the nation, and she and sophomore Sophia Biolay came in ranked 61st in doubles.
UCF’s string of ranked opponents continues as they #57 Yale on Tuesday at 5 p.m. followed by NC State at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Knights of the Week
Pimpisa Sisutham, Women’s Golf
‼️— UCF Women's Golf (@UCF_WGolf) March 8, 2023
Lots of firsts this week :
place finish in the Gators Invitational✔️
Breaks Invitational record with a -8 ✔️
Earns AAC POTW ✔️ pic.twitter.com/qDgRXvljHi
Sandwich shot the first 62 in UCF Women’s Golf history to force a playoff at the Gators Invitational and ultimately get the first individual victory of her collegiate career. The feat came about a month after Anna Nordfors shot the program’s first 64 and 63 at the UCF Challenge.
Thanks to her achievements, she was named AAC Women’s Golfer of the Week.
Sisutham is also the third Knight to pick up an individual win this season, joining Nordfors and Tunrada Piddon. Overall, Sisutham is the 6th Knight to ever win a tournament individually, which means the 2022-23 UCF Women’s Golf team now has half of the players that have won tournaments individually in UCF history.
Bogdan Pavel - Men’s Tennis
. Doubles King— UCF Men's Tennis (@UCF_MTennis) March 12, 2023
Our leader engraves his name into program history with his 65th career doubles victory #ChargeOn⚔️ pic.twitter.com/NvoUmnFfFT
With his 7-6 (7-5) victory alongside Lleyton Cronje over SMU’s Kyle Sillman and Adam Neff, senior Bogdan Pavel picked up the 65th doubles victory of his UCF career, overtaking Gabe Decamps for the most doubles victories by one player in program history.
Play of the Week
Liam Branger secures the UCF Men’s Tennis Team’s victory over SMU
Wins like these with a squad like this #ChargeOn⚔️ pic.twitter.com/NhFqxKpghD— UCF Men's Tennis (@UCF_MTennis) March 12, 2023
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