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Doubles Point Secures Big South Win for LU
The victory, Liberty's fourth in the last five trips out onto the tennis courts, ups the Flames' 2008-09 season mark to 11-5 and 1-1 in Big South play. The win leaves the 2009 Flames tied with the 2003 squad for the second most victories in program history (11-11). The program record is still a ways off, as the 1990 team finished the spring season with a 16-5 record.
Liberty opened the match reeling off three straight wins in doubles. After having their personal six-match winning streak snapped, Liberty's Clay Cypert and Giancarlo Lemmi started a new run with an 8-4 win over Mauricio Correra and Jonas Brobeck at No. 1 doubles.
Chad Simpson and Gregorio Machado pushed their winning streak to five in a row, with an 8-4 victory over Joe May and Nicolai Nonnenbroich at No. 2 doubles.
The Flames secure what would be a decisive team point in the match with a Louis Steyn and Juan Reyes 8-2 victory over Nathan White and Alexander Greer at No. 3 doubles, matching their No. 2 tandem's five-match winning streak.
The homestanding Bulldogs opened up the singles matches strong, winning in the top two spots of the lineup. Correra handed Cypert his second straight setback at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win for UNC Asheville, followed by a 6-3, 6-1 victory by Nonnenbroich over Steyn to prevent the junior from picking up his 10th No. 2 singles victory of the season.
Simpson and Lemmi got the Flames back on track, securing victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Simpson moved to 8-3 in the third spot of head coach Chris Johnson's lineup with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Brobeck, followed by Lemmi's three-set victory (6-2, 1-6, 6-1) over White at No. 4 singles.
Mays ended a seven-match singles losing skid for the Bulldogs with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Reyes in the junior's second match of the year at No. 5 singles, after posting a 10-3 mark for Liberty at No. 6 singles.
With the match hanging in the balance, one of two freshmen on Liberty's roster helped secure the Flames first conference win of the year, as Machado knocked off Alex Appelt, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 singles to give Liberty the road win.
The Flames will look to make it two in a row on their weekend conference swing to the western part of the state of North Carolina, when they take on Big South newcomer Gardner-Webb on Sunday.