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No.4 Liberty Falls to No. 5 Gardner-Webb

April 22, 2010
|  Radford, Va.
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Tristan Stayt won at No. 2 singles for the Flames.

Tristan Stayt won at No. 2 singles for the Flames.

No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb knocked off No. 4 seed Liberty, 4-2, in the first round of the 2010 Big South Men's Tennis Championships Thursday morning at the RU Tennis Courts.

Gardner-Webb (12-13) advances to the semifinals and will take on top-seeded Radford Friday morning at 10 a.m. Liberty's season comes to an end with a 12-10 record

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles contests.

Their top duo of Evgeny Slesarev and Rafael Altmayer defeated Siim Tuus and Tristan Stayt, 8-5. Just a short time later, Andrew Veeder and Jeremie Tardif clinched the team point for Gardner-Webb with an 8-6 win over Lemmi and Simpson on court two.

Liberty's lone doubles win came from the pairing of Juan Reyes and Louis Steyn at the No. 3 position, 8-6. The duo finished the season with a 12-1 record.

The Flames grabbed their first lead of the match at 2-1, with singles wins from Louis Steyn in the No. 5 contest and Tristan Stayt at No. 2. Steyn defeated Tardiff, 6-2, 6-2. Stayt downed Veeder, 6-1, 6-4.
However, Gardner-Webb bounced back with victories from Knutsson-Sunsdblad, Slesarev and Altmayer to secure the match, 4-2.

Gardner-Webb 4, Liberty 2

Singles competition
1. SLESAREV, Evgeny (GWUM) def. TUUS, Siim (LU) 6-2, 6-2
2. STAYT, Tristan (LU) def. VEEDER, Andrew (GWUM) 6-1, 6-4
3. ALTMAYER, Rafael (GWUM) def. LEMMI, Giancarlo (LU) 6-3, 6-2
4. SIMPSON, Chad (LU) vs. PIFTOR, Roman (GWUM) 1-6, 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
5. STEYN, Louis (LU) def. TARDIF, Jeremie (GWUM) 6-2, 6-2
6. KNUTSSON-SUNDBLAD, A (GWUM) def. REYES, Juan (LU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. SLESAREV, Evgeny/ALTMAYER, Rafael (GWUM) def. TUUS, Siim/STAYT, Tristan (LU) 8-5
2. VEEDER, Andrew/TARDIF, Jeremie (GWUM) def. LEMMI, Giancarlo/SIMPSON, Chad (LU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6,1,3)
Court 4 in singles competition was unfinished; the match was already decided