The Liberty men's tennis team traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to face No. 3 Virginia on Sunday evening at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers swept through the doubles and singles matches to defeat the Flames, 7-0.
Liberty drops its first match of the season, falling to 2-1 in 2015 and 0-7 all-time against the in-state opponent. Virginia now improves to 3-0 on the young season.
To begin doubles play, Dillon Segur and Egon Samaai had to square off against Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane, the No. 14 doubles tandem in the nation. Segur and Samaai fell, 6-0, to the Cavaliers' dynamic duo.
Virginia won the next two doubles matches with Mitchell Frank/Collin Altamirano defeating Jorge Azuero/Diego Castano, 6-2, and Jonathan Cornish/Alexander Ritschard upending Sam Matheson and David Bush, 6-2, to claim the doubles point from the Flames.
In singles play, Liberty fell in straight sets in each of the six contests. In the No. 2 spot, Matheson fell to No. 4 ranked Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, 6-2, 6-2. Azuero also fell to a ranked opponent, No. 47 ranked Mac Styslinger by a score of 6-4, 6-2.
In the No. 1 slot, Segur fell to Frank, 6-1, 6-1 while Samaai fell in the No. 3 spot to J.C. Aragone, 6-2, 6-3.
Liberty did not throw in the towel however, with Castano and Bush fighting hard from the No. 5 and No. 6 spot respectively.
Castano delivered a tough bout against Corinteli, falling 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile, Bush delivered the tiebreaker in the second set before falling to Cornish, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2).
Liberty returns to play on Friday with a doubleheader against King at 12 p.m. and Bluefield State at 6 p.m. Both contests are set to take place at the Sports Racket.
No. 3 Virginia 7, Liberty 0