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Flames Take Nonconference Win Over Longwood
While Longwood jumped on the board first by taking the doubles point, the Flames finished strongly in singles play, Tuesday, taking five of the six matches en route to a 5-2 victory in Farmville, Va.
"This was a good match to win on the road," remarked Liberty Head Coach Chris Johnson. "We were much improved in singles today."
Liberty is now 14-6 for 2012, which is the second-highest win total in the program's history. However, it is the most wins the program has had in a single season while facing a Division I schedule. The 1990 team posted 16 wins against a schedule which included a range of competition. Longwood falls to 7-8 with the loss.
Uncharacteristically, the Flames only managed one doubles victory to open the match. Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas claimed the No. 2 contest, as they outhit Harry Kelleher and Edward Becker, 8-6, for their team leading 11th win of the year. However, the homestanding Lancers' wins at No. 1 and No. 3 secured the first point of the afternoon.
The Flames turned things around quickly in singles action, as they won five of the six matches to claim victory.
Siim Tuus snapped a small two-match skid in the No. 1 contest, downing Nobu Tanaka, 6-2, 6-4, for his team leading 12th win of the year.
Stayt and Mandeep Yadav each secured efficient wins, in two sets. Yadav clinched his seventh straight singles win since dropping his opening match of the season, knocking off Becker, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 4 slot. Stayt recorded his ninth victory of the year, dropping just one game to Steed Johnson in the No. 6 match, 6-1, 6-0.
Giancarlo Lemmi became the fourth Flame to reach double-digit wins for the season, taking his 10th singles win of 2012, as his opponent retired in the second set. The senior held a 6-4, 6-3, advantage before Daniel Elston retired.
Jorge Azuero remained unbeaten in singles play with a win at No. 5. The freshman defeated Kelleher, 6-2, 7-6 (5), for his eighth victory of 2012.
The Lancers' sole point on the afternoon came with a three-set win in the No. 2 match.
The Flames will celebrate Senior Day on Friday, when UNC Asheville treks to the Hill City. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.
Liberty 5, Longwood 2
1. Khmiadashvili/Elston (LW) def. Tuus/Lemmi (LU), 8-4
2. Stayt/Thomas (LU) def. Kelleher/Becker (LW), 8-6
3. Tanaka/Johnson (LW) def. Yadav/Segur (LU), 8-4
1. Tuus (LU) def. Tanaka (LW), 6-2, 6-4
2. Khmiadashvili (LW) def. Thomas (LU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Lemmi (LU) def. Elston (LW), 6-4, 3-0, retired
4. Yadav (LU) def. Becker (LW), 6-1, 6-2
5. Azuero (LU) def. Kelleher (LW), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Stayt (LU) def. Johnson (LW), 6-1, 6-0