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Liberty Falls at Longwood

March 31, 2009
|  Farmville, Va
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Louis Steyn won in singles, Tuesday

Louis Steyn won in singles, Tuesday

The Longwood Lancers won the doubles point and then claimed victory in four singles matches to defeat the Liberty Flames, 5-2, Tuesday at the Longwood Tennis Courts.

Liberty, who had not played in a week due to several matches being canceled due to inclement weather, drops to 11-7 on the season. Longwood improves to 9-6.

The host Lancers took two out of the three doubles contests to capture the doubles point to begin the match. Longwood's Billy Heird and Brandon Lindsley got the Lancers started, with an 8-1 win over the Liberty pairing of Otavio Costa and Giancarlo Lemmi, 8-1.

The final two doubles contests were tight matches, with each team picking up a victory. Gregario Machado and Chad Simpson defeated David Cardoso and Carlos Garcia de Andoain, 9-7, in the No. 2 contest. In the pivotal contest for the first team point of the match, Milo Barajas-Alexander and Nobu Tanaka defeated Liberty's Louis Steyn and Juan Reyes, 9-7, to give Longwood a 1-0 lead.

The Lancers followed their doubles success, winning four of the six singles contests for the overall match victory. Liberty's Steyn evened the overall match at 1-1 to start singles play with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Garica de Andoain at No. 1 singles.

However, Longwood ran off wins in the next four matches to seal the team victory. Lindsley started the wins with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Simpson in the No. 2 spot. Tanaka followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Lemmi at No. 3. Cardoso's 6-1, 6-1 victory over Marchado at No. 4 gave the Lancers the needed points for victory. Heird claimed the final Longwood singles win at No. 5, 6-0, 6-0, over Costa.

Liberty' s Juan Reyes defeated Austin Brawley, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 6 singles for the final match outcome of 5-2.

The Flames travel to Radford, Saturday, for a Big South Conference match with the Highlanders. Match time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.