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Flames Post 3-0 Doubles Mark on Day 2 of Wake Forest Fall Invite

November 4, 2017  Winston-Salem, N.C.  RSS
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Poynter won in doubles and triumphed in a three-set singles match on Saturday at the Wake Forest Invite.

Poynter won in doubles and triumphed in a three-set singles match on Saturday at the Wake Forest Invite.

Liberty men's tennis had a strong showing in doubles on Saturday morning at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational, recording a 3-0 mark on day two of competition at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.  

"Our doubles were much improved today," stated Flames head coach Derek Schwandt. "We came out with solid energy on all three courts. We are battling hard as a team and will look to finish the tournament strong tomorrow."

After dropping three doubles bouts on Friday, the Flames rebounded with three convincing victories on Saturday. Max Borcuti and Diego Castano, playing for the first time together this season over the weekend, collected a 6-2 victory over Wofford's Kyle Barr and Parks Schoen in a B1 doubles consolation draw match.

Also paired together for the first time this season, Liberty's Chase Burton and Alex Poynter scored a 6-2 triumph against Javier Renones and Austin Allen of East Carolina in the B3 singles back draw.

Poynter went on to win a three-set match in singles versus JMU's Theophile Lanthiez, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The junior will play for fifth place tomorrow against Wofford's Julian Chousa in the C2 singles division.

Liberty's Eddie Gutierrez and Vince Salas won their consolation match in the A1 doubles over Charlotte's Constandinos Christoforou and Leonardo Menezes, 6-2.

Salas was the other Liberty player to emerge victorious in a singles bout on Saturday. The sophomore took down Axel Fries of Davidson in straight sets (6-2, 7-6 (4)). Salas will meet Big South foe Oli Nolan of UNC Asheville in the consolation final of the B1 singles flight on Sunday.

Day three, the final day of the Wake Forest Invitational, begins on Sunday at 9 a.m.