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Men's Tennis Completes Fall Schedule
The Liberty men's tennis team completed its fall tournament schedule over the weekend, taking part in the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional, hosted at Virginia's Snyder Tennis Center. Five Flames participated in the main singles draw, which began with 128 of the region's top players. Liberty also had three doubles teams competing.
Siim Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi each secured a main draw victory for the Flames, advancing to meet ranked opponents. After an opening-round bye, Tuus defeated Old Dominion's Alfredo Rodriguez in three sets. The Liberty junior claimed the first set, 6-3, but Rodriguez countered with a 6-4 set to square the match. In the third frame, Tuus won running away, 6-1, advancing to the Round of 32. Next, Tuus was matched with No. 3 seeded Luka Somen of Virginia Tech, with the Hokie claiming victory, 6-3, 6-3.
Lemmi earned his opening-round victory in straight sets, defeating Eric Ward of Morgan State, 6-2, 6-1. In the Round of 64, Lemmi fell to Maryland's Tommy Lane, 6-2, 6-3.
While Tristan Stayt and Wayne Harrell were not able to post a victory in the main draw of the event, the Flames each posted a pair of victories to earn their spots in the opening rounds.
In qualifying action, Stayt took down Virginia's Brian Fang, 6-2, 7-5, as well as Morgan State's Dmitry Chekhlatty, 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, Harrell fought back for a three set win over Andre Vorobyov of Delaware, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, in his opening qualifier. Next, the East Windsor, Conn., native defeated Shane Korber of Georgetown, 6-1, 6-1, earning his spot in the main draw.
Shea Thomas was the fifth Flame competing in the event, but dropped an opening-round three-set match to Virginia Tech's Mauricio Antun, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Thomas and Dillon Segur notched the Flames' sole doubles victory in the event. The sophomore-freshman combination opened with a 9-7 defeat of Morgan State's Chekhlatty and Ward to advance to the Round of 32 before facting the overall No. 1 seed, Maros Horny and John Collins of Maryland. Thomas and Segur gave the top-seeded pair all the competition they wanted, with the match being decided in a tiebreaker. The Terrapin duo ended the match with the victory, 9-8 (4).
The tournament concludes the Liberty men's tennis team's fall play. The Flames will now have several months to prepare for its dual schedule in the spring.