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Flames Notch Big Victory on Senior Day

March 31, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Flames men's tennis squad earned a hard-fought victory on Senior Day, Tuesday afternoon at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts. Liberty defeated Campbell by a score of 4-3 to improve to 11-8, including a 4-2 Big South mark. The Camels drop to 10-8, 4-2 in Big South action.

Tuesday's match served as Senior Day for co-captains Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero.

Liberty claimed the doubles point after besting Campbell in two of the three doubles matches. Segur and teammate Egon Samaai downed Adrien Rossignon and Marthinus Visser, 8-4, to take the early advantage for the doubles point.

Shortly after Segur and Samaai won from the No. 1 slot, Diego Castano and David Bush delivered the doubles-clinching victory, defeating Steven Billington and Nicolas Rakitin by a score of 8-6 from the No. 3 doubles position.

Campbell's Lukas Schaefer and Jonathan O'Neal handed Azuero and Sam Matheson an 8-6 loss to cap off doubles play from the No. 2 doubles position.

Campbell tied the match at 1-1 after Visser defeated Castano in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5 from the No. 6 singles position.

The Camels took the lead shortly after as Rossignon dropped Jason Burgess from the No. 5 singles position, 6-1, 6-2.

With the Flames down 2-1, the squad rallied ahead in three straight singles battles to take the 4-2 advantage, claiming the match. Sophomore transfer Sam Matheson began the spurt with a straight set, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Rakitin from the No. 2 singles position.

Azuero delivered on Senior Day, claiming a straight set victory over Schaefer. After cruising through the first set, 6-2, the Colombia native was locked in a tight battle in the second set. Down 5-1, Azuero fought back to win six consecutive games to claim the second set by a score of 7-5 and place the Flames ahead, 3-2.

Samaai then provided Liberty with the match-clinching victory from the No. 4 singles position. The South Africa native bested O'Neal in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2 to boost the Flames ahead of the Camels.

With the match already in hand, Campbell claimed the final singles match as Billington defeated Segur in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Liberty returns to action Thursday when the Flames travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on the Winthrop Eagles at 1 p.m.   

Liberty 4, Campbell 3

Doubles

  1. Segur/Samaai (LU) def. Rossignon/Visser (CAM), 8-4
  2. Schaefer/O'Neal (CAM) def. Azuero/Matheson (LU), 8-6
  3. Castano/Bush (LU) def. Billington/Rakitin (CAM), 8-6

Singles

  1. Billington (CAM) def. Segur (LU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  2. Matheson (LU) def. Rakitin (CAM), 6-2, 6-4
  3. Azuero (LU) def. Schaefer (CAM), 6-2, 7-5
  4. Samaai (LU) def. O'Neal (CAM), 7-5, 6-2
  5. Rossignon (CAM) def. Burgess (LU), 6-1, 6-2
  6. Visser (CAM) def. Castano (LU), 6-1, 7-5