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Flames Conclude Regular Season with 5-2 Win Over Campbell

April 10, 2014
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Dillon Segur (pictured) teamed with Egon Samaai to deliver the clinching doubles win and followed that up with his 10th victory of the season in singles play.

The Liberty men's tennis team wrapped up its regular season on a high note, defeating the Campbell Camels, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon at the Nisbet Tennis Center.

"I'm very proud of these guys," stated Liberty Head Coach Chris Johnson. "We are certainly headed into the tournament on a high note. Taking the last two matches back-to-back on the road is huge."

The Flames are riding a hot streak as they head into next week's Big South Men's Tennis Championship. Liberty has won four-matches in a row, improving its overall record to 12-9 and league mark to 5-3. Thursday's win helps the Flames avenge a pair of losses last season to the Camels, including a narrow 4-3 setback in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship. Campbell's record falls to 11-7 on the season and 5-2 in conference play.

The Camels opened the match with a win in the No. 3 doubles position, as Marthinus Visser and Jean-Marc Krone knocked off Liberty's Shea Thomas and Guillem Secanell, 8-5.

The Flames responded with a tough win from Stan Vaughan and Alejandro Llamas, 8-7 (7-4), against Rik Van Gerwen and Fernando Guillen in the No. 2 spot.

Liberty looked to its top doubles tandem of Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur to secure the contest's first point. The No. 1 duo delivered with their team-leading 12th win of the season, defeating Dominik Kaniewski and Adrien Rossignon, 8-5.

Campbell came back with victories in two of the first three singles matches to tie the overall team match score at two apiece. At No. 1, Guillen downed Thomas, 6-1, 6-2, before Llamas ousted Krone, 7-6, 6-2, in the No. 6 position. The Camels final point of the match came when Steven Billington knocked off Vaughan in the No. 4 spot, 6-2, 7-5.

The Flames broke open the 2-2 tie with wins in the remaining three tilts. Samaai won his 12th  match of the season, besting Visser, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, at No. 2.

Jorge Azuero delivered the clinching point with a victory in the No. 3 position over Kaniewski, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Segur continued his strong singles play of late with a three-set victory at No. 5, giving Liberty the 5-2 team victory. The junior beat Rossignon, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to win his sixth match in a row and improve to 10-5 overall and 6-2 in Big South matches.

The Flames will next compete in the Big South Men's Tennis Championship, which begins next week at Gardner-Webb. Seedings and the schedule for the tournament will be released on Sunday.

Liberty 5, Campbell 2
DOUBLES
1. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur (LU) def. Dominik Kaniewski/Adrien Rossignon (CAM), 8-5
2. Stan Vaughan/Alejandro Llamas (LU) def. Rik Van Gerwen/Fernando Guillen (CAM) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Marthinus Visser/Jean-Marc Krone (CAM) def. Shea Thomas/Guillem Secanell (LU), 8-5

SINGLES
1. Fernando Guillen (CAM) def. Shea Thomas (LU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Egon Samaai (LU) def. Marthinus Visser (CAM), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
3. Jorge Azuero (LU) def. Dominik Kaniewski (CAM), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
4. Steven Billington (CAM) def. Stan Vaughan (LU), 6-2, 7-5
5. Dillon Segur (LU) def. Adrien Rossignon (CAM), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
6. Alejandro Llamas (LU) def. Jean-Marc Krone (CAM), 7-6, 6-2