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Tennis Competes at Virginia State Collegiate
Against a strong field, including many of the Commonwealth's Division I squads, the Flames took seven of their 16 singles matches during the tournament. Leading the Liberty effort was Steyn, who went 2-1 in singles play. The sophomore defeated William & Mary's Varun Pandit, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and downed Binghamton's Moshe Levy, 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-3 for his two wins in singles play.
"This tournament had a lot of good players and the field included William & Mary, which was ranked No. 30 in the nation last year and Binghamton, who is in the same region with the Ivy League schools," noted Liberty head coach Chris Johnson. "Considering the level of competition, we did pretty well."
Lenardo Schujman also collected two singles wins for the Flames. The Liberty newcomer took both triumphs in straight sets. Schujman defeated Richmond's Rafael Arana, 6-1, 6-0 and topped Longwood's Austin Brawley, 7-5, 6-3.
On the doubles side, Liberty took two of five doubles matches. Jarda Trojan and Sebastian Pena teamed for an 8-6 victory over Brandon Lindsley and Mani Barajas-Alexander of Longwood, while Steyn and Chad Simpson defeated Jordan Lipstock and Matthew Vaugh of George Mason, 8-3.
Liberty will take the weekend off to prepare for the ITA Mideast Fall Regionals, Oct. 12-14 at Charlottesville, Va.