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Flames Edged by Chanticleers in BSC Opener
Despite Coastal Carolina giving up its first points of the year at home, the Chanticleers knocked off Liberty 4-3, Saturday, in both teams' Big South Conference opener.
Homestanding Coastal Carolina (6-1), who took its fourth consecutive home victory, jumped out to a 1-0 lead after sweeping doubles play from the Flames (3-3). It is the first time Liberty has been swept in doubles this season.
While the Flames claimed two of three singles matches to go three sets, the Chanticleers held on for the 4-3 overall victory as each team claimed three singles victories.
Siim Tuus led the Flames from the No. 1 spot once again, downing Danny Heidecker, 7-6 (5), 6-3, for his fifth singles win of the year.
The Chanticleers took the No. 2 and No. 3 matches in straight sets.
Tristan Stayt was victorious in the No. 4 match for his second straight win, as he defeated Matias Di Pasquale, improving to 4-2 for 2012. Despite dropping the opening set, 6-2, Stayt rebounded with sets of 7-6, 7-6, to take the hard-fought win.
Freshman Jorge Azuero picked up the final point for the Flames in the No. 6 singles match, defeating John Karle. Azuero also came from behind for the victory, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The Flames travel west for their next two matches as they step back out of conference, taking on Oral Roberts, Monday at 11 a.m., and Oklahoma State, Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Coastal Carolina 4, Liberty 3
1. Di Pasquale/Kusuda (CCU) def. Tuus/Stayt (LU), 8-3
2. Heidecker/Yedigarian (CCU) def. Thomas/Segur (LU), 8-5
3. Barr/Karle (CCU) def. Lemmi/Harrell (LU), 8-1
1. Tuus (LU) def. Heidecker (CCU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
2. Christufides (CCU) def. Thomas (LU), 6-3, 6-1
3. Kusuda (CCU) def. Lemmi (LU), 6-3, 6-1
4. Stayt (LU) def. Di Pasquale (CCU), 2-6, 7-6, 7-6
5. Yedigarian (CCU) def. Segur (LU), 6-7, 6-0, 6-2
6. Azuero (LU) def. Karle (CCU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3