The Liberty men's tennis team traveled to face No. 10 and defending national champion Virginia on Sunday evening at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers swept through the doubles and singles matches to defeat the Flames, 10-0.
Liberty drops its second match in a row to fall to 4-6 on the season and 0-6 all-time against the Cavaliers. The Flames are now 0-2 this season against ranked opponents. Virginia, which beat No. 6 Notre Dame earlier in the day, improves to 9-1 overall.
The Flames nearly pulled off a win in the No. 2 doubles position. Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur were edged by Luca Corinteli and Harrison Richmond, 8-7 (5). It was Samaai and Segur's first loss in the past three matches.
Liberty's No. 59 ranked duo of Shea Thomas and Jorge Azuero fell 8-1 in the No. 1 position. The Flames' remaining two doubles teams of Alejandro Llamas and Stan Vaughan and Josiah Boda and Guillem Secanell both lost, 8-3 and 8-1, respectively.
In singles play, Liberty fell in straight sets in each of the nine contests. In the No. 1 spot, Thomas fell to No. 92 ranked Alex Domijan, 6-3, 6-2. Samaai and Llamas both also fell to ranked opponents with Samaai losing to No. 72 Mac Styslinger, 6-3, 6-4, while Llamas was downed by No. 77 Jordan Daigle, 6-2, 6-1.
Azuero lost 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3, while Segur was downed 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 5 spot and Secanell fell, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6. In the final three singles tilts, Vaughan was ousted 6-1, 7-5, while Boda suffered a 6-1, 7-5 setback and Sergio Mourelo lost, 6-2, 6-1.
Liberty returns to play on Saturday with a road contest at Coker. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
No. 10 Virginia 10, Liberty 0 Doubles: 1. Alex Domijan/Justin Shane (UVa) def. #59 Shea Thomas/Jorge Azuero (LU), 8-1 2. Luca Corinteli/Harrison Richmond (UVa) def. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur (LU), 8-7(5) 3. Jonathan Cornish/ Jordan Daigle (UVa) def. Alejandro Llamas/Stan Vaughan (LU), 8-3 4. Ryan Shane/Alex Scheinman (UVa) def. Josiah Boda/Guillem Secanell (LU), 8-1 Order of Finish: 4,1,3,2 Singles: 1. #92 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. Shea Thomas (LU), 6-3, 6-2 2. #73 Mac Styslinger (UVa) def. Egon Samaai (LU), 6-3, 6-4 3. Justin Shane (UVa) def. Jorge Azuero (LU), 6-0, 6-1 4. #77 Jordan Daigle (UVa) def. Alejandro Llamas (LU), 6-2, 6-1 5. Harrison Richmond (UVa) def. Dillon Segur (LU), 6-0, 6-3 6. Luca Corinteli (UVa) def. Guillem Secanell (LU), 6-0, 6-1 7. J.C. Aragone (UVa) def. Stan Vaughan (LU), 6-1, 7-5 8. Jonathan Cornish (UVa) def. Josiah Boda (LU), 6-0, 6-2 9. Alex Scheinman (UVa) def. Sergio Mourelo (LU), 6-2, 6-1