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Flames Down James Madison, 5-2

March 13, 2014  Hilton Head, S.C.  RSS
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Egon Samaai collected his seventh singles win and fifth doubles victory of the season on Thursday versus James Madison.

Egon Samaai collected his seventh singles win and fifth doubles victory of the season on Thursday versus James Madison.

The Liberty men's tennis team made it two-for-two on its spring break tour of South Carolina, defeating the James Madison Dukes, 5-2, on Thursday morning in a neutral site contest in Hilton Head.

After defeating the Dukes for the first time since 2005, the Flames improve to 6-6 overall this season heading into Big South play. With the loss, James Madison falls to 4-7 overall.

For the fifth time this season, Liberty opened the match by securing the doubles tally. Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur improved to a team-best 5-2 with a commanding 8-3 victory in the No. 2 position over the Dukes' Niels Kathol and Brett Moorhead. After James Madison notched a win in the No. 3 spot, No. 80-ranked Shea Thomas and Jorge Azuero clinched the doubles point for the Flames with a tight victory at No. 1 versus Miljan Ruzic and Robert Stirling, 8-7 (7-0). The win pulled Thomas to within one victory of tying Giancarlo Lemmi for the most career doubles wins in program history. 

Thomas pushed Liberty's lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win in the No. 1 singles position. The senior collected his seventh victory of the year by defeating Stirling, 6-2, 6-2.

The Dukes' Sebastian Salinas knocked off Azuero, 6-2, 6-1, to pull within 2-1, but the Flames quickly responded with a win in the No. 3 position from Samaai. The sophomore ousted Moorhead, 6-4, 6-4, matching Thomas for the team lead with seven singles victories.

Stan Vaughan sealed the match for Liberty with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Kathol in the No. 6 spot. Segur notched the Flames' fifth point with a three-set win against Maxi Branth at No. 5, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2.

The contest concluded with a win by James Madison in the No. 4 position, making the final score 5-2 in favor of Liberty.

The Flames kick off Big South competition on Saturday with a road contest at Presbyterian College. Match time versus the Blue Hose is slated for 10 a.m.

Liberty 5, James Madison 2
DOUBLES
1. Shea Thomas/Jorge Azuero (LU) def. Miljan Ruzic/Robert Stirling (JMU), 8-7 (7-0)
2. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur (LU) def. Niels Kathol/Brett Moorhead (JMU), 8-3
3. Sebastian Salinas/Maxi Branth (JMU) def.Stan Vaughan/Alejandro Llamas (LU), 8-3

SINGLES
1. Shea Thomas (LU) def. Robert Stirling (JMU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Sebastian Salinas (JMU) def. Jorge Azuero (LU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Egon Samaai (LU) def. Brett Moorhead (JMU), 6-4, 6-4
4. Miljan Ruzic (JMU) def. Alejandro Llamas (LU), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
5. Dillon Segur (LU) def. Maxi Branth (JMU), 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
6. Stan Vaughan (LU) def. Niels Kathol (JMU), 6-4, 6-1