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Segur Takes Men's Tennis Freshman of the Week
For the second time in the last three weeks, Liberty men's tennis player Dillon Segur has been named the Big South's Freshman of the Week. The conference announced the weekly awards this afternoon, which cover matches played March 26-April 1.
Segur posted a combined record of 4-1 last week, going 2-1 in singles action and 2-0 with partner Mandeep Yadav in doubles matches. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native is now 10-8 in singles and 9-3 in doubles play during his freshman campaign.
In the opening match of the week against Morgan State, Segur took part in two of the most competitive matches on the day. In doubles, Segur and Yadav were forced into a tiebreaker to defeat the Bears' No. 3 duo, Aaron Benjamin and Jannick Tash. The Liberty tandem, who is 3-1 this season, were strong in the breaker, winning 7-1 to take the match, 9-8. Segur then played in the No. 2 slot for the second time this season, coming up with another hard-fought win. After winning the first set, 6-3, over Eric Ward, the match was forced to a deciding ten-point rally-scored frame. Despite falling behind, Segur closed the match to claim the victory, 10-8.
Against Norfolk State, Segur racked up two more wins, this time more conventionally. He and Yadav began with an 8-1 win over the Spartans' Shaheed Mourillon-Swift and Igor Braga. In singles, the freshman downed Christian Romanzini, 6-1, 6-4.
Segur's sole loss came against Winthrop's Dylan Comerford, while he and Yadav did not compete in doubles due to a Winthrop forfeit in the No. 3 match.
The weekly conference award is the Flames' sixth of the season. Giancarlo Lemmi and Wayne Harrell swept the awards for the week of Feb. 6-13, while Harrell added his second freshman of the week honor for the week of Feb. 27-March 4. Siim Tuus and Segur were part of Liberty's second sweep of the awards, with Segur getting his first conference recognition.
The Flames are in competition this afternoon, taking on Longwood at 1:30 p.m.