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Liberty Hands Radford First Conference Loss

April 10, 2010
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Chad Simpson won in both singles and doubles, Saturday

Chad Simpson won in both singles and doubles, Saturday

The Liberty Flames posted their fifth consecutive victory, handing the Radford Highlanders their first Big South Conference dual loss since 2007 by a 4-3 count, Saturday in men's tennis action at the LU Tennis Courts.

Liberty, which has won seven of its last eight matches, moves to 3-1 in Big South play and 11-7 overall. Radford, the three-time defending conference champion, falls to 4-1 in Big South action and 10-10 overall.

The Flames grabbed an early 1-0 lead by winning the No. 2 and No. 3 contests to capture the doubles point. The Liberty pairing of Giancarlo Lemmi and Chad Simpson defeated Zack Watson and Paul Boslet, 8-4, in the No. 2 match-up. The victory was the Liberty's duo's 12th of the spring. Flames Juan Reyes and Louis Steyn wrapped-up the point, remaining unbeaten at 8-0, with an 8-3 victory over Igor Ogrizek and Erik Finkenbrink at No. 3.

In singles, Liberty stretched its advantage to 3-0, with singles victories by Siim Tuus at No. 1 and Chad Simpson at No. 4. Tuus defeated Ivan Salec in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Simpson downed Boslet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The match was one of only two which did not go three sets.

Erik Finkenbrink trimmed the Liberty advantage to 3-1, by taking the No. 6 match-up. The Highlander won 6-3, 6-3, over Juan Reyes.

Shortly after Radford posted its first point, Liberty clinched the match. Senior Louis Steyn claimed a tightly-contested, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win over Watson at No. 5 to close out the victory for the Flames.

With the match decided, the Highlanders added two victories for the final 4-3 score.

The Flames travel to Williamsburg, Va., tomorrow, for a non-conference match-up with the Tribe of William & Mary. Match time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Liberty 4, Radford 3
Singles competition
1. TUUS, Siim (LU) def. SALEC, Ivan (RAD) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
2. DEHAEN, Thomas (RAD) def. STAYT, Tristan (LU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
3. OGRIZEK, Igor (RAD) def. LEMMI, Giancarlo (LU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
4. SIMPSON, Chad (LU) def. BOSLET, Paul (RAD) 6-4, 6-4
5. STEYN, Louis (LU) def. WATSON, Zack (RAD) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
6. FINKENBRINK, Erik (RAD) def. REYES, Juan (LU) 6-3, 6-3

1. DEHAEN, Thomas/SALEC, Ivan (RAD) def. TUUS, Siim/STAYT, Tristan (LU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. LEMMI, Giancarlo/SIMPSON, Chad (LU) def. WATSON, Zack/BOSLET, Paul (RAD) 8-4
3. REYES, Juan/STEYN, Louis (LU) def. OGRIZEK, Igor/FINKENBRINK, Erik (RAD) 8-3ll enjoy a week break before returning home