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Flames Compete in Southern Intercollegiates
The Liberty men's tennis team competed this weekend in the 43rd annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships. The tournament, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., is the oldest fall college tennis tournament in America. The field contained players from 34 different teams.
Giancarlo Lemmi's play highlighted singles play for the Flames, while the duo of Siim Tuus and Stanislav Vaughan had a successful showing in doubles.
Playing in the Division III singles, Lemmi advanced into the quarterfinals on the weekend. After opening his run with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lipscomb's James Murrell, Lemmi also defeated Philip Meyer of Elon on Friday, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. On Saturday, Lemmi had another straight set win, defeating Mark Worsham of Mercer, 6-0, 6-1, before dropping the quarterfinal match to Illia Ziamstov of UNC Wilmington, 6-4, 6-4.
Tuus and Vaughan were able to post two victories in the Division II doubles draw, before the tournament faced weather issues. The sophomore and freshman pair first defeated the Middle Tennessee State team of Shaun Waters and Kyle Wishing, 8-4. Next, they faced the seeded team of Charlie Jones and Alex DiValerio of Vanderbilt, and picked up the 8-6 victory. Sunday's rain would move all competition indoors, which backed up doubles play and later led to cancellations of several of the remaining matches of the event.
The Flames will take a couple weeks off from competition, and will return to the courts on Oct. 8 to compete in the Elon Fall Tournament in Elon, N.C.