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Flames Score Win Versus Cougars
The Liberty men's tennis team stepped out of conference Tuesday afternoon to score an 8-1 win over Averett, in a match where each doubles contest was worth a point.
The Flames (9-10) surrendered their only point to the Cougars (10-4) in doubles, but still grabbed two of the three first-played contests. Siim Tuus and Benjamin Wirth defeated Kirill Orlov and Iliya Egorov, 8-4, in the No. 1 match, while Giancarlo Lemmi and Shea Thomas claimed the No. 2 match, 8-1, over David Lembke and Andrey Yasyr. Freshmen Piotr Kruk and Stanislav Vaughan dropped the only match, narrowly being edged by Xavier Ruiz and Bruo Faidutti, 9-8.
In singles, the Flames captured each of the six matches contested, all coming in straight sets.
Tuus took the lead singles match, defeating Orlov, 6-3, 6-3, while freshman Thomas notched his first win while playing at No. 2, beating Ruiz, 7-5, 6-1.
Lemmi scored his team-leading 11th singles win of the season by claiming victory over Lembke, 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Senior Wirth continued the Flames' momentum in singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Yasyr in the No. 4 match.
Kruk and Vaughan redeemed themselves with their singles play, as the pair only gave up one game in the final two matches. At No. 5, Vaughan blanked Faidutti, 6-0, 6-0, while Kruk defeated Egorov, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 6 contest.
The Flames' final match of the year comes on Saturday, when they travel to face off with Big South Conference foe, UNC Asheville. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Liberty 8, Averett 1
1. Tuus/Wirth (LU) def. Orlov/Egorov (AU) 8-4
2. Lemmi/Thomas (LU) def. Lembke/Yasyr (AU) 8-1
3. Ruiz/Faidutti (LU) def. Kruk/Vaughan (AU) 9-8
1. Tuus (LU) def. Orlov (AU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Thomas (LU) def. Ruiz (AU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Lemmi (LU) def. Lembke (AU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Wirth (LU) def.Yasyr (AU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Vaughan (LU) def. Faidutti (AU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kruk (LU) def. Egorov (AU) 6-1, 6-0