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Flames Cruise Past Bulldogs

February 21, 2016  Tallahassee, Fla.  RSS
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Flames Cruise Past Bulldogs

The Liberty men's tennis squad earned a 7-0 victory over The Citadel on Sunday to conclude the Flames' three-match series in Florida.

With the win, Liberty improves to 4-5 on the year while the Bulldogs fall to 7-9 and 0-8 against Division I opponents this season.

The Flames eased past The Citadel for the doubles point. Sam Matheson and Egon Samaai picked up a 6-1 victory over Artemie Amari and Nicholas Bradley from the No. 1 doubles position.

Sophomore duo David Bush and Diego Castano clinched the doubles point for the red and blue after defeating Jackson Pride and Connor Grady, 6-1, in the No. 3 doubles slot.

After the doubles victory, it was all Liberty as the Flames finished 6-0 in singles action to claim the seven-point victory.

Matheson remains undefeated in singles play, defeating Amari in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles slot.

Samaai and Castano each won in three sets from the No. 2 and No. 5 singles positions, respectfully. Samaai bested Bradley, 7-4, 4-6, 12-10, while Castano downed Roy Hobson, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Kentucky native, Bush, notched a straight set victory over Anzalone from the No. 6 singles slot, 6-1, 7-5.

The final two singles matches yielded victories for fellow freshmen Eddie Gutierrez and Alex Poynter. Gutierrez defeated Pride from the No. 4 singles spot, 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, 6-5 Poynter bested Matthew Henson 6-4, 7-6(8-6).

"We executed much better today and finally found our timing outdoors," commented head coach Chris Johnson. "There were several close matches and we were able to take them all. That's a great sign moving forward."

The Flames return to action on March 2 when they open Big South action against in-state foe Longwood. The contest will be played in Farmville, Va., at 2 p.m.

Liberty 7, The Citadel 0
Doubles          

  1. Matheson/Samaai (LU) def. Amari/Bradley (CIT), 6-1
  2. Gutierrez/Poynter (LU) def. Henson/Anzalone (CIT), 6-4
  3. Bush/Castano (LU) def. Pride/Grady (CIT), 6-1

Singles

  1. Matheson (LU) def. Amari (CIT), 6-1, 6-3
  2. Samaai (LU) def. Bradley (CIT), 7-5, 4-6, 12-10
  3. Poynter (LU) def. Henson (CIT), 6-4, 7-6(6)
  4. Gutierrez (LU) def. Pride (CIT), 6-3, 6-4
  5. Castano (LU) def. Hobson (CIT), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
  6. Bush (LU) def. Anzalone (CIT), 6-1, 7-5