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Flames Face Two Early Week Matches
The Liberty men's tennis team has had an unexpected break from competition as of late, but looks to return to the courts this week, beginning with back-to-back matches, Monday and Tuesday. The Flames' last four contests have been either postponed or cancelled. Their last match was played on March 14.
The Flames return to action on Monday for a Big South Conference road contest, taking on Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. in Boiling Spring, N.C. The following day, the Flames step out of conference action, playing host to Longwood at 3 p.m.
Liberty is 7-7 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in Big South action.
With no matches taking place in the last week, the men's streaks still remain intact. In doubles, Liberty has taken the team point in eight-straight matchups, thanks to the duos of Siim Tuus and Benjamin Wirth (No. 1) and Tristan Stayt and Mandeep Yadev (No. 3). Both pairings have won eight-consecutive doubles matches to pace the Flames' effort.
Giancarlo Lemmi has a streak of his own in singles, claiming victory in six-straight matches. The junior currently leads the squad in singles wins with eight.
Gardner-Webb has had similar luck as the Flames lately, also having to postpone multiple matches. The Runnin' Bulldogs are 8-8 on the year and hold a 2-1 record in Big South matches. The team's conference wins have come against Presbyterian College (5-2), a team the Flames swept 7-0, and UNC Asheville (6-1). Gardner-Webb has won three-straight matches.
Roman Piftor leads the team in singles victories, posting a 13-3 record on the year. Piftor has mainly held down the No. 5 spot in Gardner-Webb's lineup, going 9-3 in that position. His other wins came at No. 4, where he is 4-0. Andrew Carter and Andrew Veeder lead the squad in doubles with a 10-5 record, including being 3-0 in Big South matches. In their last ten contests, the duo is 9-1.
The following day, the Flames will look to add another win against Commonwealth opponent Longwood, who Liberty is 12-4 against all-time. The Lancers are 5-6 this season, including a pair of wins over Richmond, a team the Flames defeated 4-3 on Feb. 19.
Marc Ferrigno leads the team in dual wins, holding an 8-3 mark, with all matches coming at the No. 2 spot. Ferrigno is also part of the leading doubles team. Paring with Jimmy Davis, the duo is 6-2 in dual doubles matchups, but have dropped two of their last three.
The match, which will coincide with Liberty's women's contest with Longwood, is slated to begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Live stats will once again be available for fans to follow. Lineups will be posted just prior to the start time and score updates will be provided throughout the match.