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Liberty Rallies to Knock Off Coastal Carolina, 4-3

April 9, 2014  Conway, S.C.  RSS
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Freshman Alejandro Llamas delivered the clinching point on Wednesday afternoon against Coastal Carolina.

Freshman Alejandro Llamas delivered the clinching point on Wednesday afternoon against Coastal Carolina.

The Liberty men's tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to edge Big South Conference rival Coastal Carolina, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.

The win improves the Flames' record to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in conference matches. The victory marks Liberty's first win over a Chanticleers' squad, which was ranked as high as No. 68 nationally this season, since the 2005 campaign, halting a 10-match losing skid. The loss drops defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina to 10-9 on the season and 2-4 in league play.

For just the second time this season in conference play, Liberty was swept in the doubles matches. In the No. 1 spot, Philipp Tsangaridis and Leo Christofides ousted the Flames' Jorge Azuero and Alejandro Llamas, 8-3.

Coastal Carolina's Ted Nilsson and Jabor Al-Mutawa ousted Shea Thomas and Guillem Secanell, 8-5, to clinch the point for the home team.

The Chanticleers completed the doubles sweep when Garik Yedigarian and Renan Samed edged Liberty's Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur, 8-7. The loss halted Samaai and Segur's six-match winning streak and is just their second conference setback of the season.

The Flames tied the contest at one apiece courtesy of a singles win by Segur in the No. 5 spot. The junior ousted Hunter Whalen, 6-4, 6-2, to improve to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in Big South matches.

Coastal Carolina surged back in front by two, after capturing wins in the No. 2 and No. 4 positions. Samaai fell to Nilsson, 6-1, 6-3, before Samed knocked off Liberty's Stan Vaughan, 7-5, 6-1.

Facing a 3-1 deficit, the Flames battled back to tie the match at three each. Azuero tallied Liberty's second point with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Christofides in the No. 3 spot.

Thomas continued his strong play in singles matches, bouncing No. 101 ranked Tsangaridis, 6-4, 6-4, in the top spot to improve to a team-best 13-6. The win was Thomas' fourth consecutive singles victory and second straight win against a nationally ranked opponent.

With the contest knotted at three apiece, the match came down to the No. 6 tilt featuring Llamas versus Al-Mutawa. Llamas won a tight first set, 7-6, before posting a 6-4 win in set two to seal the win for the Flames.

Liberty closes out its regular season tomorrow with a road match at Campbell. The Flames and the Camels are scheduled to begin play at 2 p.m.

Liberty 4, Coastal Carolina 3
1. Philipp Tsangaridis/Leo Christofides (CCU) def. Jorge Azuero/Alejandro Llamas (LU), 8-3
2. Garik Yedigarian/Renan Samed (CCU) def. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur (LU), 8-7
3. Ted Nilsson/Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU) def. Shea Thomas/Guillem Secanell (LU), 8-5

1. Shea Thomas (LU) def. No. 101 Philipp Tsangaridis (CCU), 6-4, 6-4
2. Ted Nilsson (CCU) def. Egon Samaai (LU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Jorge Azuero (LU) Leo Christofides (CCU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Renan Samed (CCU) def. Stan Vaughan (LU), 7-5, 6-1
5. Dillon Segur (LU) def. Hunter Whalen (CCU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Alejandro Llamas (LU) def. Jabor Al-Mutawa (CCU), 7-6, 6-4