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Six Flames Compete at ITA All-American
The Liberty men's tennis team competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) All-American Championships this past weekend, posting a pair of victories in the fall event at the Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.
The event, which lasts nine days, involves prequalifying rounds, qualifying rounds and concludes with the main draw event contested Oct. 6-9. The Flames had six participants in the event, beginning play in the prequalifying round which included over 250 student-athletes.
Liberty Junior Siim Tuus posted one victory for the Flames, defeating Trevor Horstmann of Oklahoma State. Tuus earned the victory quickly in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Tuus then fell to Spencer Newman of Florida in the next round, 6-2, 6-3. Newman then claimed two more wins to advance to the qualifying round.
Freshman Jorge Azuero secured the Flames other win in the prequalifying draw. The Cali, Colombia, native defeated Ahmed Albitar of Bradley in three sets. After dropping the opening set, 6-2, Azuero rebounded with consecutive sets of 6-4 to claim victory. Johan Backstrom of Ole Miss knocked off Azuero in the next round, 6-4, 6-3. Backstrom also advanced through to the qualifying round.
Also competing in the event for the Flames were senior Giancarlo Lemmi, sophomore Shea Thomas and freshmen Dillon Segur and Wayne Harrell.
"Our freshman class continues to impress me. Jorge played some really good tennis this weekend against the best in the nation," stated Liberty head coach Chris Johnson.
Liberty will go nearly two weeks before their next competition, which comes at the Virginia Fall Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. The three-day tournament begins on Oct. 14.