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Liberty Has Good Showing In Season Opener

September 8, 2007
|  Fredericksburg, Va.
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Jarda Trojan record a 3-0 record in singles this past weekend at UMW Kickoff Tournament.

Jarda Trojan record a 3-0 record in singles this past weekend at UMW Kickoff Tournament.

The Liberty men's tennis team began its fall season by winning 18 matches at the University of Mary Washington Kickoff Classic this past weekend.

The victory total triples the Flames' total in the same event last year. Liberty won 11 singles and seven doubles matches in the two-day event over the weekend. In 2006, the Flames won three singles and four doubles matches. Veteran Jarda Trojan and newcomer Louis Steyn each posted 5-1 overall marks in the tournament to lead the Flames.

Seniors Trojan and Sebastian Pena along with Steyn paced the Liberty singles effort. Trojan went 3-0 on the weekend. The senior won both of his Flight 4 singles contests at the tournament in three sets, defeating Mary Washington's Jason Dunn, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, on Friday and Longwood's Austin Brawley on Saturday, 0-6, 6-1, 7-5. Trojan also captured his Flight 3 match-up with Sami Belakhlef of Richmond in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Pena, playing in Flight 1, and Steyn, competing in Flight 2, each posted 2-1 singles marks on the weekend.

In doubles, the team of Chad Simpson and Steyn led the Liberty effort by going 3-0 on the weekend in Flight 1, including a victory in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (5), over Longwood's Billy Heird and David Cardoso. The team of Trojan and Pena posted a 2-1 record in Flight 2 in the tournament.

The Flames will next take to the courts this fall in two weeks, as the Liberty men travel to Norfolk, Va., to participate in a three-day tournament, Sept. 21-23, hosted by Old Dominion.