Jan 26, 2010

Liberty tennis dominates Morgan State

by Ryan Carr

The men and women’s tennis teams opened their seasons last weekend in Norfolk, Va., at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center against Morgan State on Friday and against Old Dominion on Sunday.

The men began their weekend on Friday with a commanding sweep of the Morgan State Bears, 7-0. The Flames started the contest by taking all three doubles matches from the Bears.
Siim Tuus and Tristan Styat won their doubles match by a score of 8-3, while Louis Steyn and Ben Wirth took the second match 8-2. Giancarlo Lemmi and Chad Simpson completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 victory over Dwayne Thomas and Richard King.

“We have a very solid team this year. All six guys played solid doubles, then we carried that momentum to singles and everyone stayed focused and took care of business,” Simpson said.
The Flames sealed their victory in the singles play by sweeping all six matches in a very convincing manner. Simpson, who is the Flames’ senior captain, defeated his opponent 6-0, 6-0, to help guide the team to a complete sweep.

The men returned to action on Sunday losing a hard fought effort against the Old Dominion Monarchs, 5-2. Simpson and Lemmi won the point for their doubles match victory, but the Flames were only able to muster one singles match victory as Wirth was defeated his opponent, Alfredo Rodriguez, 2-6, 6-2, (10-6).

“As for the match against ODU, we expected to win, and that showed by us going out and taking the doubles point. It was disappointing that we only walked away with one singles win because we had chances at every position. We will learn from the loss and our practices will be that much more focused,” said Simpson.

The Lady Flames team also defeated Morgan State on Friday by a score of 6-1. Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick helped lead the Lady Flames by winning both of their singles and doubles matches. Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Fabiana Gouveia also contributed with a doubles and singles win for the Flames. Britney Thomas helped finish off the victory with a singles win 6-1, 6-2 over Frances Ferdinand.

The Lady Flames dropped their match on Sunday to Old Dominion by a score of 7-0. Nadine Farhoum, who is currently ranked as the No. 21 singles player in the country, led the Lady Monarchs to victory, as she defeated the Flames No. 1 singles player, Jenkins, 6-1, 6-2. Old Dominion captured all of the doubles and singles matches to secure the overwhelming victory.

The Lady Flames head to White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., next weekend to face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lady Flames will then take on the James Madison Dukes on Sunday. The men’s squad is back in action on Feb. 6 against Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

Contact Ryan Carr
at rmcarr2@liberty.edu.


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