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Mountaineers Remain Unbeaten in Win over LU
Liberty, who had won four out of its last five matchups coming into the Friday meeting, moves to 4-3 on the year after the road setback.
The contest was tight from the onset, but the Mountaineers eeked out critical victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the first team point on the afternoon.
Clay Cypert and Giancarlo Lemmi gave the Flames a strong start, ending a two-match slide and while moving to 5-2 on the year at No. 1 doubles, with an 8-5 victory over Bobby Lake and Alain Humblet to open the match.
However, Appalachian State came roaring back in the following two doubles bouts, beginning with an 8-2 win by Peter Jacobs and Trent Constance over the Flames' Gregorio Machado and Chad Simpson at No. 2.
With the doubles points up for grabs, the Mountaineers' pair of Lee Floyd and Phillip Kloc took to the courts against Liberty's No. 3 tandem of Juan Reyes and Louis Steyn, winning a hard-fought 8-4 decision to give the home squad the early team lead.
Moving into singles, Liberty's six entered the matchup with five of the six singles players on personal winning streaks.
The Flames hung tough at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but fell in close matches. Lake remained unbeaten on the season at No. 1 with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Cypert, while Jacobs posted a 7-5, 6-2 win over Lemmi at No. 2 singles to keep pace with Lake and go 4-0 on the year.
The pair of wins by the Mountaineers' leading singles players set the tone for the remainder of the matchups, as Appalachian State rolled to four more singles victories in straight sets to seal the 7-0 blanking of Liberty.
The final singles bout of the afternoon ended a five-match winning streak for Reyes at No. 6 singles, as Humblet controlled Liberty's junior, topping the Cail, Columbia, native (6-1, 6-3) to move him to 5-2 on the season.
The Flames will travel 45 miles back toward Lynchburg tomorrow before they return to Liberty Mountain, when Liberty takes to the courts against Lenoir Rhyne on Saturday. The non-conference matchup in Hickory, N.C., is slated to begin at 1 p.m.