The Liberty Flames tennis squad closed its West Coast trip with a convincing 5-2 victory over UC Riverside at the SRC Tennis Courts in Riverside, Calif.
The Flames improved to 6-7 on the campaign, snapping the Highlanders' four-match winning streak to move UC Riverside to 8-9 overall.
Sam Matheson and Egon Samaai started the contest off on a strong note for the Flames, defeating Julian Ruffin and Sean Yun, 6-3, in the No. 1 doubles slot.
David Bush and Diego Castano clinched the doubles point for Liberty after the sophomore doubles tandem bested Hans Baumstark and Jack Felich, 6-4.
Eddie Gutierrez and Alex Poynter triumphed in a tight-knit doubles match from the No. 2 slot, pulling ahead of Kyle McCann and Marcus Vizcarra, 7-6(6).
Matheson continues to provide the spark for Liberty at the top of its singles lineup, earning his 11th singles victory of the season to improve to 11-0. The New Zealand native cruised past Ruffin in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
The Highlanders cut the 2-0 deficit in half when Yun defeated Samaai in the No. 2 singles position, 6-4, 6-3. UC Riverside would not come any closer.
Castano extended the lead back to two after defeating Calvin Ngo by a score of 6-4, 6-1 from the No. 4 singles position.
Bush clinched the match for the Flames. The Kentucky native stepped from the No. 6 singles spot to defeat Felich in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.
Liberty and UC Riverside split the final two singles matches to bring the final score to a 5-2 advantage in favor of the Flames. Gutierrez notched the final win of the evening for Liberty, besting McCann in three sets, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.
Liberty returns to action on March 19 when the Flames host Winthrop at 2 p.m. in a Big South showdown at the Cook Tennis Center.
Liberty 5, UC Riverside 2 Doubles