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Flames Edged by William & Mary, 4-2
The Liberty Flames looked to extend their season-opening winning streak to a program-best four matches on Sunday against the Tribe of William & Mary. After falling behind 2-0, the Flames rallied to knot the contest at two apiece, before the Tribe collected the final two points of the morning to come away with the 4-2 victory.
Liberty's first loss of the year drops its record to 3-1, while William & Mary improves to an even 3-3 on the season.
The morning began with the Tribe earning doubles wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Aaron Chaffee and Adrian Vodislav handed Liberty's No. 1 pair of Shea Thomas and Egon Samaai their first doubles loss of the season, winning by a final score of 8-4. The Flames' Siim Tuus and Stan Vaughan battled back and forth against John Banks and Scott Huang, but it was the William & Mary tandem that came away with the 8-7 victory, in the No. 3 spot.
After collecting the doubles point, the Tribe quickly extended their lead to 2-0, as Huang knocked off Vaughan, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 6 singles spot.
The Flames responded with back-to-back wins in the top two singles positions. Thomas remained perfect in singles matches this season, improving to 4-0 with a straight-set win over Andersson, 6-2, 6-2. Tuus matched Thomas' 4-0 season mark with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Chaffee to even the day's match at 2-2.
In the No. 5 position, Banks took the first set from Samaai, 6-3, and outlasted the Flames' freshman in the second set, 7-6, to claim the win and push the Tribe back up by one, 3-2.
Hoogland clinched the victory for William & Mary, knocking off Segur in three sets, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, in the No. 3 slot.
With the match already won, the No. 4 tilt between Azuero and Vodislav was ruled a no result.
"I am very proud of our team today," stated Liberty head coach Chris Johnson. "They fought the whole match against a very good team. If we execute this well the rest of the season, then we will reach our goals for sure."
Next up, Liberty returns home on Friday for a 2:30 p.m. match with Morgan State.
William & Mary 4, Liberty 2
1. Chaffee/Vodislav (W&M) def. Thomas/Samaai (LU), 8-4
2. Andersson/Hoogland (W&M) vs. Azuero/Segur (LU), 7-6 unfinished
3. Banks/Huang (W&M) def. Tuus/Vaughan (LU), 8-7
1. Tuus (LU) def. Chaffee (W&M), 6-3, 6-2
2. Thomas (LU) def. Andersson (W&M), 6-2, 6-2
3. Hoogland (W&M) def. Segur (LU), 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
4. Vodislav (W&M) vs. Azuero (LU), 5-7, 6-4 unfinished
5. Banks (W&M) def. Samaai (LU), 6-3, 7-6
6. Huang (W&M) def. Vaughan (LU), 6-1, 6-3