The No. 5 seed Liberty Flames men's tennis squad blanked No. 4 seed Gardner-Webb, 4-0, during a Thursday quarterfinal match of the 2016 Big South Men's Tennis Championship from the Cook Tennis Center.
Liberty's victory helped the Flames improve to 11-10 overall this season, while the Runnin' Bulldogs conclude their season with a 10-12 overall record.
Liberty claimed the critical doubles point, winning from the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions. The sophomore doubles tandem of David Bush and Diego Castano began doubles competition with a 6-3 victory over Paul Hogan and Jonathan Walker from the No. 2 slot.
After the Runnin' Bulldogs earned the 6-4 victory from the No. 1 position, Liberty's freshman duo of Alex Poynter and Eddie Gutierrez picked up a critical 7-5 victory from the No. 3 doubles spot over Yaroslav Prostakov and Adam Schmidt to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead.
Castano began singles play with a straight-set victory for the Flames, providing Liberty with the early 2-0 advantage. The Liberty sophomore bested Benjamin Kaszas 6-2, 6-4 from the No. 4 singles slot.
The Liberty lead was tripled after Gutierrez earned a straight-set victory of his own to provide the Flames with a 3-0 edge. Gutierrez defeated Prostakov, 6-1, 7-6(7-5) from the No. 3 singles position.
Samaai clinched the match for Liberty from the No. 2 singles position. The Liberty senior ousted Nikita Zverkov in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, to clinch the match by the final score of 4-0 in favor of the Flames.
Liberty will square off against No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina in a Big South Men's Tennis Championship semifinal contest tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. at the Cook Tennis Center. The Chanticleers bested the Flames earlier this season by the final score of 6-1 on April 6.
Liberty 4, Gardner-Webb 0 Doubles