Apr 13, 2010

Tennis rallies for win over Gardner-Webb

by Pete Sawyer

The men’s tennis team extended their current win streak to five games when they handed Radford their first conference loss in three years on Saturday, 4-3.

“This was the biggest win Liberty men’s tennis has ever had,” Flames coach Chris Johnson said. “This catapulted us into the running for first place.”

Radford had won 40 out of their last 41 matches. The Flames improved to 3-1 in the conference and 11-7 overall.

The Flames won the doubles point as senior Chad Simpson and sophomore Giancarlo Lemmi teamed up to take the No. 2 match against Zack Watson and Paul Boslet. Flames Senior Juan Reyes and Louis Steyn defeated Igor Ogrizek and Erik Finkenbrink in the No. 3 match.

“It gives you a lot of confidence winning the doubles point,” Steyn said.

Liberty got the three singles points it needed. Steyn played the No. 5 singles match and clinched the game with his win over Zach Watson. Flames freshman Siim Tuus defeated Ivan Salec in the No. 1 singles match, and Simpson defeated Paul Boslet in the No. 4 match.

“I think we’ve been playing better ever since spring break,” Steyn said. “Everybody’s been much more together.”

In women’s action, the Lady Flames defeated Gardner-Webb Friday, 4-3.

Gardner Webb took the doubles point but the Lady Flames rallied and were able to take four of the five contested singles points.

Jordan Jenkins won the number one match against Erica White. Nadia Solomon-Burgess won the No. 2 match against Ioana Opnea. Carol Lobel defeated Rita Gouveia in the No. 3 match. Hannah Fick defeated Runia Hutterli in the No. 5 match.

The Lady Flames improved to 5-13 with the win.

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