Egon Samaai won his 10th singles win of the year on Wednesday against James Madison.
Playing in their final home match of the 2013 regular season, the Liberty Flames came up short against the visiting James Madison Dukes, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hershey Tennis Courts. The contest served as the final home match in the highly-decorated career of Liberty senior Siim Tuus.
In defeat, Liberty drops to 10-10 (3-5 Big South) overall on the season, while James Madison improves to 7-10 (2-3 CAA) on the year.
Liberty's Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero breezed through their No. 2 doubles match against Hugo Ramadier and Greg Vladimirsky, 8-2, to open the afternoon. The Dukes rallied from a match down, beginning with an 8-4 victory from Bastian Russo and Florent Sentenac in the No. 3 position against the Flames' Tuus and Guillem Secanell.
In the No. 1 spot, Liberty's Shea Thomas and Egon Samaai raced out to a 6-3 advantage against Ryan Pool and Robert Stirling, but were unable to hold on as the James Madison tandem came from behind to win, 9-7, and secure the doubles point.
Samaai knotted the contest at one for the Flames with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 ousting of Maxi Branth in the No. 6 singles position. The win gives the freshman 10 victories on the season, making him the fourth Liberty player with double-digit singles victories on the season.
The Dukes collected a win in the No. 3 spot as Vladimirsky downed Segur 6-2, 6-4. Azuero responded for the Flames with a straight-set defeat of Sterling, 6-1, 6-4, improving his singles record on the year to 13-4. James Madison extended its lead to 3-2, after Sentenac edged Secanell, 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 5 slot.
In the No. 1 position, Thomas jumped out to a one-set advantage over Pool with a 6-3 win. The Dukes' senior rallied to win the final two sets, 6-3, 6-2, to clinch the contest for the visitors.
Looking for a win in the final home match of his career, Tuus played a thrilling three-set contest against Ramadier in the No. 2 spot. After dropping the first set, the Liberty senior bounced back to win the second, 6-3. In the third frame, Tuus went ahead 5-4, but was unable to close the match as Ramadier came back to win 7-5.
The Flames conclude the regular season on Friday with a noon match at North Carolina Central.
James Madison 5, Liberty 2 DOUBLES 1. Pool/Stirling (JMU) def. Thomas/Samaai (LU), 9-7 2. Segur/Azuero (LU) def. Ramadier/Vladimirsky (JMU), 8-2 3. Russo/Sentenac (JMU) def. Tuus/Secanell (LU), 8-5
SINGLES 1. Pool (JMU) def. Thomas (LU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 2. Ramadier (JMU) def. Tuus (LU), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 3. Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Segur (LU), 6-2, 6-4 4. Azuero (LU) def. Sterling (JMU) def. 6-1, 6-4 5. Sentenac (JMU) def. Secanell (LU), 7-5, 6-4 6. Samaai (LU) def. Branth (JMU), 6-1, 6-3