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Liberty Sweeps New Orleans, 7-0, on Friday

February 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Burton and the Flames swept New Orleans, 7-0, on Friday afternoon.

Burton and the Flames swept New Orleans, 7-0, on Friday afternoon.

The Liberty Flames men's tennis squad swept the New Orleans Privateers, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at Florida State's Speicher Tennis Center.

Liberty (4-5) won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches to seize command early and claimed all six singles bouts from the Privateers (2-2), four of them coming in straight sets.

"Today was a tough battle. All of our guys showed a lot of heart and fight," stated Flames head coach Derek Schwandt. "I'm proud of how we persevered."

The Flames' 7-0 victory was their first 7-0 sweep since March 2, 2016 at Longwood.

Liberty's No. 1 doubles pairing of Diego Castano and Alex Poynter defeated Johannes Klein and Alexis Guedy, 6-2. In the No. 2 match, Eddie Gutierrez and Vince Salas upended Nicolas Kramer and Christian Fjeldstad, 7-5. The Liberty duo's victory, which moved them to a Big South-best 7-0, provided the Flames a 1-0 lead in the match.

In singles, Diego Castano pushed the Liberty advantage to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Fjeldstad. The Flames senior's victory on court six was his fourth in the No. 6 slot, this season.

Flames sophomore Chase Burton upended his opponent, Klein, in straight sets (6-2, 6-2), stretching the lead to three points (3-0).

Senior Sam Matheson clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Guedy in the No. 1 singles match. The New Zealand native has now won three straight solo bouts, improving to 5-3 in the spring.

After losing the first set, 6-1, to Giaconomo Adoncecchi, Salas rebounded with a pair of 6-4 second and third-set victories to win, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Philippines native's win brought the score to 5-0 in favor of the Flames.

Liberty's last two singles victories of the day came from Poynter (No. 5 singles) and Gutierrez (No. 2 singles). Poynter secured a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lorenzo Camilli.

Much like his doubles partner (Salas), Gutierrez dropped his opening set to Klein, 6-1. The Flames junior, last week's Big South Player of the Week, took the final two sets, 6-3, 6-1, to capture the match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. His team-leading 15th singles victory of 2017-18 capped off the 7-0 sweep for Liberty.

Liberty will play a doubleheader tomorrow at the Speicher Tennis Center. The Flames will play the Florida A&M Rattlers (0-7) at 10 a.m., followed by host No. 16 Florida State (12-1) at 4 p.m.

Liberty 7, New Orleans 0
Singles competition
1. MATHESON, Sam (LIBERTYM) def. Alexis Guedy (UNOM) 6-1, 6-4
2. GUTIERREZ, Eddie (LIBERTYM) def. Johannes Klein (UNOM) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. BURTON, Chase (LIBERTYM) def. Nicolas Kramer (UNOM) 6-2, 6-2
4. SALAS, Vince (LIBERTYM) def. Giacomo Adoncecchi (UNOM) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. POYNTER, Alex (LIBERTYM) def. Lorenzo Camilli (UNOM) 7-5, 6-4
6. CASTANO, Diego (LIBERTYM) def. Christian Fjeldstad (UNOM) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. POYNTER, Alex/CASTANO, Diego (LIBERTYM) def. Johannes Klein/Alexis Guedy (UNOM) 6-2
2. GUTIERREZ, Eddie/SALAS, Vince (LIBERTYM) def. Nicolas Kramer/Christian Fjeldstad (UNOM) 7-5
3. BURTON, Chase/MATHESON, Sam (LIBERTYM) vs. Giacomo Adoncecchi/Lorenzo Camilli (UNOM) 6-6, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,1,4,5,2) T-2:50