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Tribe Top Flames, 5-2, in Non-Conference Play on Saturday

March 3, 2018  Williamsburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames fell to the Tribe on Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg, Va.

The Flames fell to the Tribe on Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg, Va.

Liberty men's tennis hung close with William & Mary before falling, 5-2, to the Tribe, Saturday afternoon at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.

Liberty's record falls back to .500 (7-7) following just its second loss in the last six matches. William & Mary, who has been ranked as high as No. 45 in the nation this season, is now 7-3 in 2018.

"We played solid doubles and pushed them until the very end in singles. We need to get excited about our discipline and fundamentals moving forward to take the next step," said Liberty Head Coach Derek Schwandt.

The Tribe swept the doubles sessions from the Flames, but had to win two of the three matches in tiebreakers. The No. 1 match between the Tribe's Alec Miller and Brenden Volk and the Flames' Alex Poynter and Diego Castano went to William & Mary by a 6-3 decision.

Both the No. 2 and No. 3 bouts featured a tiebreaker. Christian Gargill and Louis Newman were the two Tribe players to clinch the doubles point, edging Liberty's Eddie Gutierrez and Vince Salas, 7-6. William & Mary's Lars de Boer and Finbar Talcott won the same 7-6 count over the Flames' Chase Burton and Sam Matheson.

The host Tribe built upon their 1-0 lead by securing victories at No. 3 (Newman) and No. 2 (Cargill) singles, in that order. Newman defeated Burton in straight sets (6-0, 6-2), and Cargill knocked off Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-4. Those victories put William & Mary ahead, 3-0.

On court six, Castano scored a 6-4, 6-4 win against Volk for Liberty's first point of the afternoon. Matheson topped Miller in two sets (6-2, 7-6) for his second win in as many days, bringing Liberty within a point at 3-2.

The No. 4 and No. 5 singles battles proved the most competitive. Talcott took the first set from Salas on court four and edged his counterpart in a second-set tiebreaker to win 6-4, 7-6. The William & Mary freshman's victory halted a Liberty comeback effort and brought the score to 4-2.

The Flames' Poynter lost his first set to Quiros, 6-3. However, the Liberty junior won the second set in a tiebreaker (7-6), forcing a deciding third set. Quiros claimed the third, 6-1, to win the match, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. The Tribe freshman's victory closed the final outcome at 5-2, William & Mary.

Liberty's next match will be its Big South home opener, next Friday against the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at 2 p.m.

William & Mary 5, Liberty 2
Singles competition

1. MATHESON, Sam (LIBERTYM) def. Alec Miller (WMM) 6-2, 7-6
2. Christian Cargill (WMM) def. GUTIERREZ, Eddie (LIBERTYM) 6-0, 6-4
3. Louis Newman (WMM) def. BURTON, Chase (LIBERTYM) 6-0, 6-2
4. Finbar Talcott (WMM) def. SALAS, Vince (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-6
5. Sebastian Quiros (WMM) def. POYNTER, Alex (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
6. CASTANO, Diego (LIBERTYM) def. Brenden Volk (WMM) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Alec Miller/Brenden Volk (WMM) def. POYNTER, Alex/CASTANO, Diego (LIBERTYM) 6-3
2. Christian Cargill/Louis Newman (WMM) def. GUTIERREZ, Eddie/SALAS, Vince (LIBERTYM) 7-6
3. Lars de Boer/Finbar Talcott (WMM) def. BURTON, Chase/MATHESON, Sam (LIBERTYM) 7-6

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,6,1,4,5) T-2:58  A-77