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Flames Close Out Regular Season This Week

April 7, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames Close Out Regular Season This Week

The Liberty men's tennis squad closes out its regular season schedule this week with a pair of Virginia opponents. Liberty opens action this week with a match against William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Flames will then conclude their regular season on Friday at Radford at 3 p.m. in Liberty's Big South finale.

Liberty enters its final week of regular season play with a 12-8 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in Big South action. The Flames have won two consecutive matches heading into the final week. Liberty's most recent victory came on Thursday when the Flames downed Winthrop, 4-3, in Rock Hill, S.C. for the first time in program history.

Liberty is led in singles play by newcomer Sam Matheson. The New Zealand native has posted a 14-6 singles record this season, including a six-match win streak.

Junior, Egon Samaai falls right behind Matheson with a 13-7 overall record. Samaai has posted a 9-4 record from the No. 3 singles position.

Senior and co-captain, Dillon Segur leads the way in doubles play for the Flames. The North Carolina native enters the week with a 12-8 record, with all but one match coming from the No. 1 doubles slot. Segur boasts a 6-4 record with Samaai as well as a 6-4 mark with freshman standout, Diego Castano.

The William & Mary Tribe enter the contest with a 12-11 record on the season. The Tribe have dropped four of their last five matches. In the most recent match, William & Mary fell to No. 4 Virginia by a score of 7-0 in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. Despite having hit a tough skid, the Tribe have never lost to the Flames. William & Mary holds a 5-0 advantage in the series, having downed Liberty by a score of 5-2 in Williamsburg, Va. on Feb. 6, 2014.

To close out the regular season, Liberty will square off against the Radford Highlanders on Friday at 3 p.m. With a win against Radford, the Flames would finish the regular season with a 6-2 mark in Big South action, marking the best conference record in a single season in program history. Radford enters the week with a 7-8 record, including a 3-2 conference mark. The Highlanders have a chance to improve on their overall record with a 2 p.m. matchup on Thursday against Hampton in Radford, Va. Radford has won five of its last six matchups with the one loss being in the Highlanders' most recent outing against Winthrop. The Highlanders fell to the Eagles, 4-3, in Rock Hill, S.C. on Saturday to end Radford's five-match winning streak.

Following this week's action, the Flames return to action at the Big South Championship in Asheville, N.C., which will begin on April 18.