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Men's Tennis to Begin 10-Match Road Stretch

February 7, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Siim Tuus is 3-0 in his No. 1 singles matches this season.

The Liberty men's tennis team is set for two matches away from Lynchburg this week, to begin a 10-match road stretch for the squad.  The team begins the stretch in Greenville, N.C., taking on East Carolina, Friday, at 2:30 p.m., and Georgia Southern at 11 a.m., Saturday, in a neutral-site match.

The Flames' contest against Longwood, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., has been postponed until Feb. 21 at the same time, and will still take place in Farmville, Va.

The Flames will be facing the longest stretch of matches away from Liberty Mountain since 2009, when the team played 15 consecutive contests out of town.  Nine of the Flames' 10 upcoming matches are outside the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Through three contests, the Flames have opened with a 2-1 mark, including a pair of 7-0 sweeps over Bluefield State (Jan. 26) and Averett (Feb. 4).  The team's sole defeat came at the hands of Richmond (Feb. 3), who used three three-set singles wins to claim a 6-1 victory.

Junior Siim Tuus has started strong this season, posting a 3-0 mark in singles play, all coming in the leadoff singles match.  In doubles, Tuus and teammate Tristan Stayt are 2-1 as the No. 1 duo.

Meanwhile, senior Giancarlo Lemmi holds an unblemished record in doubles play.  The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native is 3-0 while teaming with Flames freshmen.  Lemmi and Wayne Harrell are 2-0, while he has also chalked up a win with Dillon Segur.

Liberty will be seeking its first victory over ECU, Friday, as the Pirates have taken all five of the previous matchups.  Last season, ECU defeated the Flames, 5-2, at the Greenbrier Resort.

After finishing their 2011 campaign with a 13-11 record, the Pirates are 5-2 so far this season, including an unscathed 4-0 record at home.

The Flames will encounter Georgia Southern for just the second time, after the first meeting between the programs last year.  The homestanding Eagles claimed the 4-3 victory in 2011 , winning four singles matches to clinch the victory.

After opening 2012 by defeating Mercer, 5-2, Georgia Southern has dropped its last four contests.