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Men's Tennis Travels for 2 In-Week Matches
The Liberty men's tennis team will look to continue its torrid play on the road this week, traveling for a pair of contests. The Flames are slated to take on James Madison, Tuesday, before renewing a conference rivalry with Campbell, Friday.
Liberty has won its last seven matches to mark the third longest win streak in program history. An eight game win streak and a stretch of 11 straight wins in 2003 and 1990, respectively, are the two longest win streaks for the program.
With their 5-2 win over Gardner-Webb, Sunday, the Flames improved their season record to 10-3, to reach another milestone mark. Liberty has now posted double-digit victories in each of the last four seasons – a first for the program.
Liberty Head Coach Chris Johnson acknowledges his freshman class for giving the Flames an extra boost this year, as they have stepped in to immediately contribute in the latter half of the lineup. Combined, Jorge Azuero, Wayne Harrell and Dillon Segur are 20-7 in singles play. The trio, which was ranked as a top-25 mid-major recruiting class, is also 14-5 in doubles matches.
Harrell is tied for the team lead in singles wins with junior Siim Tuus, both taking nine wins this season. Shea Thomas and another freshman, Dillon Segur, are next, each scoring seven singles wins in 2012. In all, the Flames are 54-24 (.692) in singles matches.
The Flames have also taken advantage of strong doubles play as of late, with the team taking the opening point in each of their last seven matches. A pair of undefeated duos has led the way during the span, as Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi and Thomas and Tristan Stayt have produced 6-0 and 5-0 marks, respectively. For 2012, the Flames are 30-9 (.769) in doubles play.
On Tuesday, Liberty is slated for a 2 p.m. meeting with James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. The Dukes are 5-6 this season and 1-1 in home matches. JMU owns the series advantage, 11-3, and have taken the last five meetings. With no meeting last season, the Dukes took the latest matchup in 2010, by a 4-3 margin.
The Dukes' top of the lineup has been strong this spring, with No. 1 Greg Vladimirsky and No. 2 Ryan Pool leading the way with eight and seven wins, respectively. Vladimirsky and Bertrand Moulin are 5-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Pool and Florent Sentenac are 7-3 in the No. 2 doubles contests.
On Friday, the Flames will then take on Campbell, welcoming the Camels back into the Big South Conference. Cambell is 10-3 all-time against Liberty, taking the last four meetings. Last season, the Camels claimed a 5-2 win in Buies Creek, N.C. Liberty is 1-1 against Campbell in past Big South matches, which took place in 1993 and 1994.
The Camels are 5-7 this season and 1-2 in Big South matches. Campbell defeated Winthrop, 4-3, for its conference win and lost to both UNC Asheville and Coastal Carolina by 5-2 margins.
Nine singles wins from Adrien Rossignon leads the team, with his wins coming from the top two spots in the lineup. Fernando Guillen is just one off Rossignon's mark, claiming eight matches this season, also coming in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The Camels are 14-18 in doubles matches this spring, with Guillen and David Clavera teaming up for a 5-5 mark to lead the team.
The Camels will take on DePaul on Wednesday before hosting the Flames on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.