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Flames Fall in First Round of Big South

April 17, 2008
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Jarda Trojan concluded his Liberty tennis career at the Big South Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday.

Jarda Trojan concluded his Liberty tennis career at the Big South Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday.

Coming off two solid wins to close out the season, the No. 5 seed Liberty men's tennis team opened the 2008 Big South Men Tennis Championship on Thursday, squaring off against No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina. The Flames fell to the Chanticleers, 4-0.

Coastal Carolina began its road to the second round early, taking 2-of-3 doubles matches to earn the point. In the No. 3 Coastal's John Hairston and Joseph Withers defeated Chad Simpson and Juan Reyes, 8-3. Liberty's senior/freshman tandem of Jarda Trojan and Leandro Schujmann kept it close in the No. 2 doubles, before dropping the tightly contested match, 9-7.

The Chanticleers then proceeded to take three straight matches in singles action, to close out Liberty and advance to the semifinals. In No. 2 singles, Coastal Carolina's Ernesto Ramos defeated sophomore Chad Simpson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The No. 4 match produced an identical result, as Plamen Tzyetkov knocked off Liberty's Leandro Schujmann. Withers sealed the match for Coastal Carolina in the No. 5 flight, besting Rafael Riso, 6-1, 6-1.

The Flames end the season 8-10 overall. The Chanticleers will move on to the semifinals where they will battle No. 1 Radford on Friday.


DOUBLES
No. 1 – Tzvetkov/Ramos (CCU) vs. Pena/Riso (LU) 6-6 unfinished
No. 2 – Vlaskin/Mellis (CCU) def. Trojan/Schujmann (LU) 9-7
No. 3 – Hairston/Withers (CCU) def. Simpson/Reyes (LU) 8-3

SINGLES
No. 1 – David Mellis (CCU) vs. Sebastian Pena (LU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-3 unfinished
No. 2 – Ernesto Ramos (CCU) def. Chad Simpson (LU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Dmitry Vlaskin (CCU) vs. Jarda Trojan (LU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 unfinished
No. 4 – Plamen Tzvetkov (CCU) def. Leandro Schujmann (LU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 – Joseph Withers (CCU) def. Rafael Riso (LU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Carlo Checchia (CCU) vs. Juan Reyes (LU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-4 unfinished