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Liberty's Cypert Claims Singles Crown

October 12, 2008
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Liberty's Juan Reyes

Liberty's Juan Reyes

Liberty's Clay Cypert won the B3 singles title at the Sergio Tacchini Collegiate Invitational at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center, this past weekend.

In addition, fellow Flames Giancarlo Lemmi and Juan Reyes reached the semifinals of their respective singles brackets during the three-day tournament.

Cypert took three matches in claiming the B3 singles 12-player bracket championship. The junior transfer from Ada, Okla., advanced in his first match, when Delaware's Nolan Greenburg retired due to injury with Cypert up 2-1 in the contest. The Liberty newcomer followed with a 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 victory over Villanova's David Sheehan. In the finals, Cypert defeated Chris Kushma of George Washington, 6-4, 6-1, to capture the title.

In C1 singles, Lemmi opened the tournament with a victory over Mike Taylor of Villanova, 7-6 (5), 6-2. The freshman moved into one of his bracket's semifinals with a 6-3, 6-0 win over George Mason's Lee Wexler. Lemmi then fell to Zack Siegler of Villanova, the eventual C1 champion, 6-3, 6-3.

Reyes won his first match in C2 singles over George Mason's Matt Vaughn by default. In the afternoon on Saturday, he defeated Lafayette's Kyle MacLelland, 7-5, 6-4. Sunday, Reyes fell in the bracket's semifinal to George Washington's Richard Blumenfield, 6-4, 6-3.

Louis Steyn also won his first match in B1 singles over Joseph Adewumi of UMBC, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0, before falling to Old Dominion's Alex Funkhouser, the eventual bracket champion, 6-2, 7-5.

In doubles action, Lemmi and Cypert combined to advance to the finals of the B3 doubles bracket, taking the runner-up spot. The pairing dropped George Mason's Jordan Lipstock and Matt Vaughn, 8-1, to open doubles play. In their next match, the Liberty duo defeated their fellow Big South pairing of Coastal Carolina Carlo Cheechia and Dorian Sovic, 9-1. However in the finals, Lemmi and Cypert fell in a close match to James Madison's Tommi Nissinen and Brian Rubenstein, 8-6.

Liberty continues its fall campaign at the ITA Mideast Regionals, beginning Oct. 16 in Chapel Hill, N.C.