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Flames Close Regular Season vs. Radford

April 11, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mandeep Yadav and the Flames look to grab one more win before the Big South Men's Tennis Championship next weekend.

Mandeep Yadav and the Flames look to grab one more win before the Big South Men's Tennis Championship next weekend.

The Liberty men's tennis team will hold its regular-season finale, Thursday, as conference unbeaten No. 75 Radford travels to Lynchburg for a 2 p.m. meeting. For the first time, fans will have the option to watch live coverage of the event on the Big South network, with live streaming video and commentary being available for the No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles matches.

The Flames will look to close out the regular season with its second win over a ranked opponent this season, while a victory would also tie the program's best mark for wins in a season (16). Liberty is also looking to improve its standing in the Big South, as the Flames currently sit at 3-3, tied for fourth in the conference with Campbell.

Four Flames have claimed at least 10 singles wins this season, led by junior Siim Tuus.  Tuus has been strong in the lead match for head coach Chris Johnson, going 13-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Giancarlo Lemmi and Dillon Segur each own 11 victories, while Wayne Harrell has added 10.

Doubles play has also been strong for the Flames, producing a 45-18 overall record. Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas lead the team with 12 victories, while Lemmi and Tuus have 11 wins.  Tuus and Lemmi are 4-1 in conference play as a pair.

Meanwhile, Radford boasts a 16-5 record overall and is 6-0 in Big South matches. All five of the team's losses have been on the road, with three of those coming to ranked opponents. The match is also the Highlanders' regular-season finale.

All six of Radford's regular starters have recorded double-digit victories. Thomas Dehaen (No. 4), Stijn Meulemans (No. 3) and Nicholas Sayer (No. 1) lead the way this spring with 15 wins apiece.

In doubles, Radford is 32-26 this season. Dehaen and Sayer have held down No. 1, going 10-7 this spring and 5-1 in conference matches.  Meulemans and Igor Ogrizek have also been a formidable pair, going 11-7 and 5-0 in conference play.

The live coverage will be anchored by Alan York and Jacob Johnston, with coverage starting jointly with the opening doubles match at approximately 1 p.m.

Fans may also follow live updates for all matches through the live stats link on