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LU Sweeps Eagles for Second-Straight 7-0 Win
The victory leaves the Flames one shy of their first double-digit win total since 2005, as Liberty has won two straight and five of its last matches six to raise its mark to 9-4 in 2009. The loss for the Eagles snapped a brief two-game winning streak and dropped North Carolina Central's record to 5-6.
The Flames received much more of a test at doubles against the Eagles than in their matchup with Manhattanville the previous day. Clay Cypert and Giancarlo Lemmi got the Flames started with an 8-5 win over Aljehandro Espitin and Jack Waissen at No. 1 doubles, giving the tandem their 10th doubles win of the year.
Chad Simpson and Gregorio Machado continued to find success at No. 2 doubles, evening their record on the year at 5-5 with an 8-6 win over Andres Perez and Trey Chatman, while Louis Steyn and Juan Reyes rolled to their eighth victory in 2009 with an 8-2 win over Jose Fabara and Stephen Allsop at No. 3 doubles, sweeping the first team point in the match.
The Flames' top singles and doubles player, Cypert continued to get tested at No. 1 singles. The junior needed a tiebreaker to win in the first, 7-6 (6-0), followed by a 7-5 victory in the second set before Cypert dispatched Waissen.
The Flames only other challenging singles match came at No. 5 singles, but Machado moved to 6-5 on the year with a 6-4, 7-6 (3-0) win over Espitin.
Steyn, who dominated his opponent in the second set with a 6-0 win the previous day, continued to roll, as the Bloemfontein, South Africa native kept Fabara from taking a game in a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles.
Reyes, who only dropped one singles game against Manhattanville yesterday, was flawless against the Eagles today, following Steyn's lead for a 6-0, 6-0 win over Allsop at No. 6 singles.
Rounding out the overall sweep for Liberty were victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles by Simpson and Lemmi, respectively.
Simpson upped his mark to 6-2 at No. 3 singles in 2009 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Perez, while Lemmi closed out the day's action with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Chatman in the No. 4 singles matchup.
The Flames will team up with their female counterparts on Thursday, when they close out Spring Break action in the "Palmetto State" with a contest against Rockhurst. Match time against the Hawks is set for 6:30 p.m.