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Flames Drop Season Opener
The Liberty Flames found the going tough in the season opener as they fell, 7-0, to the Appalachian State Mountaineers, indoors at the Sports Racket, Saturday night.
Despite prevailing in a hard fought #1 doubles match, the Flames were unable to get the point for doubles as the Mountaineers rebounded to take both the #2 and #3 doubles. The Liberty tandem of Priit Pihl (Sr., Saue, Estonia) and Jarda Trojan (So., Prague, Czech Republic) edged Appalachian State's Ryan Brookshaw and Alex Probst, 9-8, for the victory in the #1 doubles match.
The Mountaineers then swept the singles matches despite strong efforts by two Flames for the match win. Pihl lost the first set of his #1 singles match with Probst, 6-4, only to rally to win the second set, 6-2, before dropping the match in a tiebreaker, 10-8. After dropping his first set in a tiebreaker, Braen Aneiros (Sr., Panama City, Panama) rebounded to take the second set of his match, before also falling in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 11-9, to Andrew Taylor.
With the non-conference loss, Liberty falls to 0-1 overall, while Appalachian State starts the season, 1-0 overall.
The Flames are next in action on February 11 as they host Mary Washington at 6:30 p.m. indoors at the Sports Racket.