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Flames Blank Oral Roberts, 7-0
The Liberty men's tennis team produced its third sweep of 2012, Monday, defeating Oral Roberts, 7-0, at the University of Tulsa's Case Tennis Complex.
The Flames improve to 4-3 for 2012, and are now 3-0 in neutral-site matches. The Golden Eagles drop to 1-6 with the loss.
Liberty had the advantage in doubles, as Oral Roberts only suited up five players, leading to a default in the No. 3 matchup. The Flames then secured the point with a win in the No. 2 slot, an 8-4 victory for Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas over Parker Allen and Oscar Witzand.
Oral Roberts defaulted the No. 6 singles match to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.
Tuus once again led the Flames' charge from the lead singles match, as he picked up a two-set win over Gutierrez. After taking the opening set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (1), the Estonia native claimed the match, 6-2, in the second. The victory is Tuus' sixth of the season.
Thomas picked up the win in the No. 2 match, knocking off Allen in three sets. Despite dropping the opening set, 6-4, the sophomore rebounded, 6-1, 10-7 to take the win.
Liberty overwhelmed the Golden Eagles in the No. 3 through No. 5 matches, only surrendering a total of two games in the three matches.
Lemmi took a straight-set sweep over Witzand, 6-0, 6-0, while Harrell defeated Avery and Matt Slamecka defeated Matthew Prevost, both by 6-1, 6-0 counts. Harrell's victory increased his team-leading win streak to four matches.
The Flames will look to carry their momentum into tomorrow, when they face Oklahoma State in a 3 p.m. match at the Cowboys' DeBois Tennis Complex.
Liberty 7, Oral Roberts 0
1. Tuus/Lemmi (LU) def. Avery/Gutierrez (ORU), 9-7
2. Stayt/Thomas (LU) def. Allen/Witzand (ORU), 8-4
3. Slamecka/Harrell (LU) def. Prevost/No Player (ORU), default
1. Tuus (LU) def. Gutierrez (ORU), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
2. Thomas (LU) def. Allen (ORU), 4-6, 6-1, 10-7
3. Lemmi (LU) def. Witzand (ORU), 6-0, 6-0
4. Harrell (LU) def. Avery (ORU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Slamecka (LU) def. Prevost (ORU), 6-1, 6-0
6. Segur (LU) wins by default