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Flames Face Final Nonconference Match of 2012
With just three matches remaining in the regular season, the Liberty men's tennis team will step out of conference one last time for 2012, traveling to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood. Match time for Tuesday is slated for 1:30 p.m.
The Flames will look to rebound once again, after a Saturday setback to Winthrop halted their three-match win streak. Liberty is now 13-6 this spring, and owns a 2-3 record in Big South matches.
Three Flames currently hold singles win streaks of four matches or more. Mandeep Yadav stepped back into Liberty's lineup on March 10 with a loss, but since then the senior has gone 6-0. Yadav has played in the No. 3 and No. 5 positions. The only team member with a longer streak is freshman Jorge Azuero, who has won each of his seven matches this season in limited action. Meanwhile, Matt Slamecka has filled in the final two slots to go 4-0 on the year.
Two doubles teams reached the 10-win plateau over the weekend. Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas won their fourth doubles match in a row to reach the mark, while Giancarlo Lemmi and Siim Tuus also took their 10th win. Liberty's doubles play continues to be strong for 2012, as they have posted a combined record of 42-15.
Longwood will host the Flames, Tuesday, owning a 7-7 record this spring. The match is being made up from a postponement in early February. Most recently, the squad fell to George Mason, by a 4-3 margin on Saturday. The defeat snapped the Lancers' three-match win streak, which included a 4-3 win over Presbyterian College, a team Liberty defeated, 7-0. However, Longwood has bested one program that handed Liberty a loss, with the Lancers downing Richmond, 4-3. The Spiders knocked off Liberty in early February, 6-1.
Nobu Tanaka has led the Lancers in singles play this season, going 10-3 from the No. 1 position. He is currently on an eight-match win streak, and is 21-6 including matches from the fall tournament season.
The Lancers have struggled in doubles play, as they hold an 18-31 record. Daniel Elston and Giorgi Khmiadashvili lead the way at No. 1 with a 5-3 record.
The match will serve as Longwood's Senior Day.