Dillon Segur notched wins in doubles and singles play on Friday against Richmond.
The Liberty men's tennis team suffered its first home defeat of the season on Friday evening, falling to the Richmond Spiders, 5-2, inside the Sports Racket.
The loss drops the Flames to 4-5 for the year and 2-1 in home contests. Richmond improves to 4-7 on the season and 9-3 all-time versus Liberty.
In doubles play, Liberty notched a win at No. 2 when Dillon Segur and Egon Samaai posted a dominating, 8-3 victory over Alex Hahn and Canyon Teague. It was the duo's team-leading fourth win of the season.
Richmond battled back with wins in the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. Jonathan Quenard and Dylan Trent knocked off the Flames' Stan Vaughan and Alejandro Llamas, 8-5, at No. 3. In the No. 1 position, Jacob and Ethan Dunbar rallied from down 7-6 to knock off No. 59 Shea Thomas and Jorge Azuero, 8-7 (4), putting the Spiders ahead 1-0 heading into the singles matches.
Richmond collected four consecutive wins to open singles play. Jacob Dunbar defeated Samaai, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2, before Hahn defeated Vaughan, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 4 position. In the top spot, Ethan Dunbar ousted Thomas, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the contest for the Spiders. Richmond's fifth point came courtesy of Teague in the No. 5 position, 7-5, 6-4, over Llamas.
Liberty closed the match strong, winning the final two singles tilts. At No. 3, Azuero downed Trent in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 5-1, before Segur ended the contest with a 6-4, 7-5 defeat of Noah Fenton in the No. 6 position. Azuero improved to 4-4 with the win, while Segur upped his record to 3-1 on the season.
The Flames return to the court on Sunday with a challenging road test against defending national champion and No. 10 ranked Virginia. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Richmond 5, Liberty 2 DOUBLES 1. Jacob Dunbar/Ethan Dunbar (RICH) def. No. 59 Shea Thomas/Jorge Azuero (LU), 8-7 (5) 2. Dillon Segur/Egon Samaai (LU) def. Alex Hahn/Canyon Teague (RICH), 8-3 3. Jonathan Quenard/Dylan Trent (RICH) def. Stan Vaughan/Alejandro Llamas (LU), 8-5
SINGLES 1. Ethan Dunbar (RICH) def. Shea Thomas (LU), 6-4, 6-4 2. Jacob Dunbar (RICH) def. Egon Samaai (LU), 6-2, 6-2 3. Jorge Azuero (LU) def. Dylan Trent (RICH), 7-5, 4-6, 5-1 (won on a code violation) 4. Alex Hahn (RICH) def. Stan Vaughan (LU), 6-4, 6-4 5. Canyon Teague (RICH) def. Alejandro Llamas (LU), 7-5, 6-4 6. Dillon Segur (LU) def. Noah Fenton (RICH), 6-4, 7-5