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Liberty Falls to No. 1 Virginia

February 27, 2010  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Chad Simpson

Chad Simpson

The Liberty Flames men's tennis dropped a 7-0 decision to the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers, Saturday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. It was the first-ever meeting between the Flames and a team ranked No. 1 in the country.

Liberty falls to 1-5. Virginia moves to 13-1.

The Cavaliers, winners of 11 consecutive matches, opened the match by taking the doubles point. Virginia's Philippe Oudshoorn and Steven Elkeman Rooda defeated Liberty's Siim Tuus and Tristan Stayt in a tightly played No. 1 contest, 8-5. Despite a strong effort by the Flames combination of Louis Steyn and Ben Wirth, the host Cavaliers' pairing of Santiago Villegas and Dino Dell'Orto were able to win the No. 2 contest, 7-6 (4).

In singles, the Flames stretched Virginia to tiebreakers in two of the matches, but were not able to break through for a win. Giancarlo Lemmi forced a second set tiebreaker in the No. 3 spot against Julen Uriguen. However, the sophomore could not force a third set, falling 6-0, 7-6 (0). Teammate Chad Simpson also had his No. 4 contest go to a second set tiebreaker, before dropping a 6-2, 7-6 (1) decision to Milo Johnson.

Later in the day, the Flames hosted Bluefield at the Sports Racket in Lynchburg.

UVa 7 LU 0
1. Oudshoorn/Rooda (UVa) def. Tuus/Stayt (Lib) 8-5
2. Villegas/Dell'Orto (UVa) def. Steyn/Wirth (Lib) 7-6(4)
3. Fang/Barrick (UVa) def. Lemmi/Simpson (Lib) 8-2

1. #15 Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Siim Tuus (Lib) 6-2, 6-4
2. Philippe Oudshoorn (UVa) def. Tristan Stayt (Lib) 6-3, 6-4
3. Julen Uriguen (UVa) def. Giancarlo Lemmi (Lib) 6-0, 7-6(0)
4. Milo Johnson (UVa) def. Chad Simpson (Lib) 6-2, 7-6(1)
5. Santiago Villegas (UVa) def. Benjamin Wirth (Lib) 6-3, 6-1
6. Dino Dell'Orto (UVa) def. Louis Steyn (Lib) 6-1, 6-4