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Flames Face Three Matches in Four Days

March 24, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames hit the road before hosting five of their final six regular-season matches for the spring.

The Flames hit the road before hosting five of their final six regular-season matches for the spring.

The Liberty men's tennis team will look to level its Big South mark on Sunday, before hosting a pair of non-conference matches, Monday and Wednesday.  The Flames will travel to face Presbyterian College tomorrow, before they host five of their final six regular-season matches for 2012.  The contests with Morgan State and Norfolk State are slated for 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

After stringing together seven consecutive victories, the Flames have dropped their last two matches, both on the road.  Liberty was edged, 4-3, by James Madison on Tuesday before falling to Campbell, 5-2, Friday.

Siim Tuus continues to be the pacesetter in singles play, holding a 10-4 record in the No. 1 slot.  The junior's defeat to Campbell's Adrien Rossignon was his first conference loss of the season.  Freshman Wayne Harrell has won nine singles matches, while three Flames have tallied seven wins.

While the Flames still own a 32-13 mark in doubles play, two duos' win streaks were snapped against the Camels.  Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi's seven match streak at No. 1 was halted, while Shea Thomas and Tristan Stayt's six match streak came to an end.  It was the first loss of the season for both doubles teams.

The Blue Hose are 8-9 for the spring season.  Despite enduring an eight match losing streak in February, PC has picked up its play as of late, winning six of its last eight matches.  The team is 0-1 in conference action, but will face Campbell on Saturday before hosting the Flames, Sunday.

Rafael Berghaus and Zachary Sprouse currently own 11 and 10 singles wins this season to lead the Blue Hose. Berghaus has led from the top of the lineup, going 8-5 in No. 1 matches and 3-3 at No. 2.

Berghaus has teamed with Grayson Mills to go 8-3 in No. 1 doubles contests, while Berghaus and William O'Connell are 7-0 as a tandem.

Morgan State is 3-5 this season, but will string together four matches in four days, beginning Saturday.  Their matchup with the Flames on Monday will be their third in as many days, with Liberty hosting the Bears.  Morgan State's victories have come over St. Francis (N.Y.), Maryland Eastern Shore and Coppin State.

The Flames then close the quick stretch of matches by hosting Norfolk State, Wednesday.  The Spartans 10-9 this season, and will host Delaware, Tuesday, before traveling to Lynchburg.