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Flames Sweep Doubles, Defeat Charlotte
The Liberty men's tennis team started quickly against Charlotte, Sunday afternoon, as they swept doubles play before winning five of the six singles matches for a 6-1 victory.
The Flames' road win improves their mark to 3-6 on the year, while Charlotte falls to 3-8.
Siim Tuus and Benjamin Wirth held down the No. 1 doubles spot, defeating Anthony Davison and Krzysztof Kwasniewicz, 8-4. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Lemmi and Shea Thomas remained unbeaten in doubles competition (4-0), taking down Moritz Bernhoerster and Michael Anders, 8-5, at No. 2. Tristan Stayt and Mandeep Yadev posted their third doubles win as a pair, beating out Charles Martin-Lecamp and Chris Huynh, 9-7, to round out the sweep.
Liberty carried the momentum from its doubles success into singles play, scoring wins in five of the six matches.
After edging out Martin-Lecamp, 7-6 (3), in a tiebreaker for the first set, sophomore Tuus finished the No. 1 singles match strongly. Tuus wrapped up his victory by taking the second set, 6-2, for the straight-set win.
The Flames' second through fourth players were forced into deciding third sets, but each was dominant in the final frame to secure their respective wins.
Stayt and Bernhoester exchanged sets of 6-2 to open the No. 2 match up. However, the Flames' sophomore remained steady in the third, blanking his opponent, 6-0, to win the contest.
Freshman Thomas faced a very similar match with Anders at the No. 3 position, as each scored a 6-1 win in the first two sets. Thomas then earned his third singles win on the year by taking the final set, 6-1.
Lemmi gained the early advantage against Victor Theorin by winning the first set, 6-1, at No. 4 in the Flames' line up. Theorin denied the straight-set sweep by edging out Lemmi in the second, 7-6 (3), in a tiebreaker. The Flames' junior closed the match by winning the final frame, 6-1.
Piotr Kruk claimed victory in the No. 6 singles spot, defeating Huynh, 7-6, 6-2.
The Flames now have a short time away from competition before they hold their home opener on March 11, when Presbyterian comes to town. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
Liberty 6, Charlotte 1
1. Tuus/Wirth (LU) def. Davison/Kwasniewicz (Cha) 8-4
2. Lemmi/Thomas (LU) def. Bernhoerster/Anders (Cha) 8-5
3. Stayt/Yadav (LU) def. Martin-Lecamp/Huynh (Cha) 9-7
1. Tuus (LU) def. Martin-Lecamp (Cha) 7-6 (3), 6-2
2. Stayt (LU) def. Bernhoester(Cha) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
3. Thomas (LU) def. Anders (Cha) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Lemmi (LU) def. Theorin (Cha) 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-1
5. Kwasniewicz (Cha) def. Yadav (LU) 6-1, 7-6 (2)
6. Kruk (LU) def. Huynh (Cha) 7-6, 6-2