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Liberty Rallies to Knock Off Coastal Carolina, 4-3
The Liberty men's tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to edge Big South Conference rival Coastal Carolina, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The win improves the Flames' record to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in conference matches. The victory marks Liberty's first win over a Chanticleers' squad, which was ranked as high as No. 68 nationally this season, since the 2005 campaign, halting a 10-match losing skid. The loss drops defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina to 10-9 on the season and 2-4 in league play.
For just the second time this season in conference play, Liberty was swept in the doubles matches. In the No. 1 spot, Philipp Tsangaridis and Leo Christofides ousted the Flames' Jorge Azuero and Alejandro Llamas, 8-3.
The Chanticleers completed the doubles sweep when Garik Yedigarian and Renan Samed edged Liberty's Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur, 8-7. The loss halted Samaai and Segur's six-match winning streak and is just their second conference setback of the season.
The Flames tied the contest at one apiece courtesy of a singles win by Segur in the No. 5 spot. The junior ousted Hunter Whalen, 6-4, 6-2, to improve to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in Big South matches.
Coastal Carolina surged back in front by two, after capturing wins in the No. 2 and No. 4 positions. Samaai fell to Nilsson, 6-1, 6-3, before Samed knocked off Liberty's Stan Vaughan, 7-5, 6-1.
Facing a 3-1 deficit, the Flames battled back to tie the match at three each. Azuero tallied Liberty's second point with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Christofides in the No. 3 spot.
Thomas continued his strong play in singles matches, bouncing No. 101 ranked Tsangaridis, 6-4, 6-4, in the top spot to improve to a team-best 13-6. The win was Thomas' fourth consecutive singles victory and second straight win against a nationally ranked opponent.
With the contest knotted at three apiece, the match came down to the No. 6 tilt featuring Llamas versus Al-Mutawa. Llamas won a tight first set, 7-6, before posting a 6-4 win in set two to seal the win for the Flames.
Liberty closes out its regular season tomorrow with a road match at Campbell. The Flames and the Camels are scheduled to begin play at 2 p.m.
Liberty 4, Coastal Carolina 3
1. Philipp Tsangaridis/Leo Christofides (CCU) def. Jorge Azuero/Alejandro Llamas (LU), 8-3
2. Garik Yedigarian/Renan Samed (CCU) def. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur (LU), 8-7
3. Ted Nilsson/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) def. Shea Thomas/Guillem Secanell (LU), 8-5
1. Shea Thomas (LU) def. No. 101 Philipp Tsangaridis (CCU), 6-4, 6-4
2. Ted Nilsson (CCU) def. Egon Samaai (LU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Jorge Azuero (LU) Leo Christofides (CCU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Renan Samed (CCU) def. Stan Vaughan (LU), 7-5, 6-1
5. Dillon Segur (LU) def. Hunter Whalen (CCU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Alejandro Llamas (LU) def. Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU), 7-6, 6-4