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Flames Conclude Regular Season on the Road
The Liberty men's tennis team closes out its regular-season schedule this week with a pair of crucial Big South Conference road matches. Tomorrow, the Flames will meet defending conference champion Coastal Carolina, before facing Campbell on Thursday. Both contests are slated to begin at 2 p.m.
Live scoring will be available for tomorrow's match on LibertyFlames.com by clicking on the live stats link on the men's tennis schedule/results page. Live scoring will be provided courtesy of the Coastal Carolina Athletic Media Relations office.
The Flames (10-9, 3-3 Big South) picked up a pair of Big South Conference wins this past week, defeating UNC Asheville, 5-2, and Radford, 4-3, on Senior Day at the Hershey Tennis Courts. The Flames' win against Radford ended a four-match losing skid against the Highlanders. Before the match against the Highlanders, Liberty honored its two seniors, Shea Thomas and Stan Vaughan. Liberty has won three out of its last four contests.
For the season, Thomas has a team-best 12-6 singles record, while Egon Samaai is 11-7. Against Radford, Thomas' singles win against No. 119 Nicholas Sayer placed the senior in a tie for second place on the Flames' all-time singles wins listing with 71 victories. Thomas and Dillon Segur are both 4-2 in conference singles tilts.
In doubles play, Samaai and Segur are a team-best 11-3, including a 5-1 mark in league play. The duo ranks second in the Big South with nine wins at the No. 2 position.
Coastal Carolina is 10-7 overall and 2-2 in league tilts. The Chanticleers have dropped three out of their last four matches, including a 4-3 setback on Saturday against Presbyterian College. Coastal travels to Winthrop today, before hosting the Flames tomorrow. Ted Nilsson tops the Chanticleers in singles wins with 11. No. 1 singles player Philipp Tsangaridis is ranked No. 87 in the nation. Tsangaridis and Leo Christofides are a team-best 8-4 in doubles matches.
Campbell has won eight of its last nine matches heading into its non-conference tilt today against East Carolina. The Camels are 11-5 overall and 5-1 in Big South matches. Campbell's lone conference setback this season came against Coastal Carolina. Top singles player Fernando Guillen is a team-best 11-5 this season. In doubles play, the No. 3 pair of Marthinus Visser and Jean-Marc Krone pace the Camels with 12 victories.
The Flames will next compete in the Big South Conference Men's Tennis Championship, which begins next week at Gardner-Webb. Seedings and the schedule for the tournament will be released on Sunday.