The Liberty Flames men's tennis squad (3-1) bested King Tornado (1-4) by a score of 7-0, Friday afternoon at the Sports Racket. Friday's match was the first time the two programs have ever squared off.
The Flames jumped on board first after a clean sweep in doubles play. Big South Freshman of the Week Diego Castano and Josiah Boda notched the first doubles victory from the No. 3 slot, 6-4, over Makar Grytsevych and Ankith Reddy Madasani.
Sam Matheson and David Bush clinched the doubles point for the red and blue after defeating Lennard Keswani and Seth Carelli from the No. 2 position, 6-3. Dillon Segur and Egon Samaai finished off the doubles competition with the point in hand, ousting Moritz Poswiat and Luis Delgado, 6-3.
Castano quickly extended the lead to 2-0 to begin singles play with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 performance over Carelli from the No. 4 rotation.
Matheson delivered a strong performance from the No. 2 position, upending Delgado in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 to further extend the Liberty lead, 3-0.
Co-captain and senior Dillon Segur clinched the team victory for the Flames, ousting Poswiat from the No. 1 hole in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 to push the Liberty lead to 4-0 on the day and the team's record to 3-1 on the season.
With the match in hand, the Flames earned wins in each of the final three singles positions. At No. 5, Jason Burgess defeated Madasani 6-3, 6-1.
Following the conclusion of Burgess's match, Samaai finished up his three-set victory from the No. 3 position, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-6. Boda completed the 7-0 sweep of the Tornado following a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Grytsevych in the No.6 slot.
The Flames host Bluefield State tonight at 6 p.m. at the Sports Racket. Following the conclusion of tonight's match, Liberty will take to the road, traveling to Miami, Fla. for a three-game road swing starting Thursday.
Liberty 7, King 0