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Liberty Drops Home Contest to Highlanders

April 4, 2008
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Juan Reyes was Liberty's lone dual winner on the afternoon against Radford.

Juan Reyes was Liberty's lone dual winner on the afternoon against Radford.

With its match against High Point postponed on Tuesday, the Liberty men's tennis team returned to action after a week's break. For the first time this season, the Flames remained on their home courts at the Esbenshade-Hershey Tennis Center. Unfortunately, Liberty encountered Big South defending champion Radford in its home outdoor opener, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Highlanders.

Due to the threat of inclement weather, singles action took place before doubles play. The Highlanders, who came into the contest ranked No. 55 in the nation, took five-of-six singles matches. Liberty's lone singles' victory on the afternoon came in No. 6 singles, as Juan Reyes defeated Radford's Tyler Early in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Rafael Riso nearly picked up another win for the Flames in No. 5 singles. Despite giving up the first set, Riso rallied in the second set, forcing a third set tiebreaker. After battling back and forth in the tiebreak, Radford's Paul Boslet escaped the surging sophomore, 6-4, 6-7(1), 10-7.

With the Highlanders already claiming the win, both teams fought for possession of the doubles point. Radford captured the point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Liberty's No. 3 doubles tandem of Reyes and Chad Simpson prevented the sweep, defeating Early and Boslet, 8-4. The win gave Reyes his fifth-straight dual win this season.

The Flames will take a one day break from the action on Saturday, before gearing up for another home match against the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Sunday. Match time is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Radford 6, Liberty 1

DOUBLES
1. Martin Sayer/James Lloyd (RU) d. Sebastian Pena/Rafael Riso (LU) 8-4
2. Mehdi Benhammou/Ivan Salec (RU) d. Jarda Trojan/Leandro Schujmann (LU) 8-5
3. Juan Reyes/Chad Simpson (LU) d. Paul Boslet/Tyler Early (RU) 8-4

SINGLES
1. Martin Sayer (RU) d. Sebastian Pena (LU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Ivan Salec (RU) d. Chad Simpson (LU) 6-1, 6-2
3. James Lloyd (RU) d. Jarda Trojan (LU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Mehdi Benhammou (RU) d. Leandro Schujmann (LU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Paul Boslet (RU) d. Rafael Riso (LU) 6-4, 6-7(1), 10-7
6. Juan Reyes (LU) d. Tyler Early (RU) 6-3, 6-4