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Men's Tennis Travels to Appalachian State
In their second week of competition, the Liberty men's tennis team has one match slated, as they will travel to Boone, N.C., to compete against Appalachian State on Friday.
The Flames posted a 1-1 record in their opening weekend while competing in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., at the Greenbrier Resort. After dropping a 5-2 contest to East Carolina, Liberty rebounded the following day to defeat Bluefield State, 6-1.
Giancarlo Lemmi helped the Flames by posting a 3-1 record during the weekend. Lemmi picked up a win at No. 4 singles against Bluefield State's Vlad Catlan (7-5, 6-3), while teaming with Tristan Stayt for two doubles wins in the No. 2 position. The combo knocked off East Carolina's Stian Tvedt and Henrik Skalmerud, 8-6, and blanked Bluefield State's Marcin Majchrzak and Jesus Sanchez, 8-0.
Freshman Piotr Kruk also went 3-1 in his Liberty debut, which earned him honors as the Big South's men's tennis Freshman of the Week. The Zarow, Poland, native went 1-1 in singles and teamed with Mandeep Yadev for a 2-0 record at No. 3 doubles.
The Flames are 1-8 against Appalachian State. In their meeting last season, Appalachian State picked up the slim 4-3 victory. After taking the first series meeting, the Flames have dropped eight straight to the Mountaineers.
This will serve as Appalachian State's season and home opener. Last season, Appalachian State went 12-9 overall, with a 4-6 record in the Southern Conference. The match is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.