The Liberty men's tennis squad fell to Elon by a score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Racket.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 1-3 to begin the 2016 campaign. Elon evens its record at 3-3 after the victory.
Elon captured the doubles point, sweeping Liberty in the first two matches by a score of 6-2 in each frame. The final doubles contest was called following the Phoenix clinching the doubles advantage.
The Phoenix took a 2-0 lead from the No. 2 singles spot when Felipe Sarrasague bested Egon Samaai in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
The Flames edged back to within one with Sam Matheson's straight set victory in the No. 1 singles slot. Matheson squared off against Mario Paccini who took the No. 11 player in the nation, Ryan Shane of Virginia, to three sets, yesterday. Matheson surrendered just one game in two sets against Paccini, claiming the No. 1 singles by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
However, Elon doubled its lead for the second time when Salvador Mijares defeated David Bush, 6-3, 6-1 to give the Phoenix a 3-1 advantage.
Freshman Eddie Gutierrez collected his first collegiate spring victory from the No. 4 singles position to pull Liberty back to within one. The Mexico native defeated Petar Tomic in straight sets with each one going to a tiebreaker, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-4).
The Phoenix finished off the see-saw match with a victory in the No. 3 singles slot after Robert Lindgren defeated Diego Castano in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
The final match between Ryker Heller and Felipe Osses-Konig was called following Elon clinching the victory.
Liberty will return to action on Saturday when the Flames host North Carolina Central and Norfolk State in a doubleheader at the Sports Racket. The first contest against the Eagles will begin at noon followed by the Spartans at 6 p.m.
Elon 4, Liberty 2 Doubles