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Burton Drops 3-Set Match, Bows Out in Quarters of ITA Regionals

October 23, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Burton played in the quarterfinals of the main draw on Monday.

Burton played in the quarterfinals of the main draw on Monday.

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Liberty sophomore Chase Burton's deep run in the singles main draw at the ITA Atlantic Regional ended on Monday with a three-set loss to No. 7 seed Alexandre Ribeiro of Virginia Tech.

Ribeiro topped Burton in a lengthy three-set bout, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 that started at the Cook Tennis Center before having to finish indoors at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg due to inclement weather.

In the first set, Burton was on serve, leading, 3-2, before Ribeiro broke serve and rallied to win the final four games and the set, 6-3.

Burton rebounded in the second set. Down 2-1, he broke serve to even it at 2-2. The sophomore then claimed four of the next five games to win the set, 6-3, and square the match at 1-1.

Ribeiro outlasted Burton, 6-2, in the third set for the match victory. He will face No. 12 seed Aziz Kijametovic of ODU in a semifinal match, tomorrow morning. The other semifinal match will feature No. 6 seed Christos Antonopolous of Penn State and No. 8 seed Aswin Lizen of Virginia.

Burton's run to the quarterfinals is the second straight year in which the Naples, Florida, native has made it to the round of 16 or deeper at the ITA Atlantic Regional.              

Day six of the ITA Atlantic Regional will resume at 10 a.m., Monday morning at the Cook Tennis Center. The final of competition will feature the semifinals and finals of singles.

Results from each day of the tournament can be found on the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament Central page on     

"Thank you to all of the Liberty staff that made this event a first-class event," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt. "I was proud of the team's effort and character. We will look to build on this leading up to our last tournament of the fall at Wake Forest."

The Flames' final tournament of the fall will be the Wake Forest Invitational, Nov. 3-5 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.