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Liberty Hosts JMU on Senior Day, Travels to N.C. Central to Finish Season
The Liberty Flames tennis team wraps up the 2013 regular season this week with a pair of matches, beginning tomorrow at home against James Madison at 2 p.m. The match against the Dukes will serve as the last home match for Liberty senior Siim Tuus. On Friday, the Flames will conclude their regular season with a road contest at North Carolina Central at 12 p.m.
Live stats for tomorrow's match will be available by clicking on the live stats link located on the men's tennis schedule/results page. Fans will also have a unique opportunity to follow tomorrow's match, as it will be aired on a tape-delay basis at a later date on the Liberty Channel.
Liberty fell in each of its three matches last week. The Flames lost home contests to Campbell, 4-3, and Coastal Carolina, 5-2, and a road setback to Radford, 5-2. With the losses, Liberty finishes the season with a 3-5 record in Big South play. On the season, the Flames are 10-9 overall. Shea Thomas led Liberty with a pair of wins in both singles and doubles matches last week.
Tuus is once again having an outstanding season and will conclude his career as Liberty's all-time leader in singles wins. On the season, the Rakvere, Estonia native is 11-7 in singles play and 10-8 in doubles matches. Thomas tops the Flames with a 14-5 mark in singles contests. Thomas and partner Egon Samaai rank first in the Big South with a 13-6 record in doubles tilts in the No. 1 spot. Jorge Azuero is second on the team with a solid 12-4 singles mark. Azuero and Dillon Segur, playing in the No. 2 position, have 11 doubles wins on the year. As a team, the Flames are 67-46 in singles tilts and 34-19 in doubles matches.
The Dukes bring a 6-10 (2-3 CAA) record on the season to the Hill City. James Madison went 1-2 last week, with its lone win coming against Big South opponent Radford, 4-0. The Dukes are led in singles play by No. 1 player Ryan Pool and Robert Sterling with 9-6 records each. Overall, James Madison is 42-46 in singles matches. The Dukes are a combined 15-27 in doubles action, with Pool and Sterling leading the team with five victories.
North Carolina Central holds a 3-9 overall ledger on the year, including a 2-5 record at home. The Eagles will play Hampton today before hosting the Flames on Friday. The Eagles are currently 21-42 as a squad in singles contests and 14-18 in doubles play. A pair of North Carolina Central players, Fabrice George and Daniil Gerasimov, lead the team with four singles wins each. The doubles tandem of George and Stephen Charles tops the Eagles with a 5-1 record.
After Friday's match, the Flames will begin to make preparations for the Big South Championship, which opens on April 17 in Rock Hill, S.C. Seedings and match times will be released at a later date.