The Liberty men's tennis team concluded the final round of the Wake Forest Fall Invitational Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Flames attained success this weekend, posting six top five finishes out of 12 brackets, including Dillon Segur's first-place finish in the C2 Singles Flight.
Overall, Liberty finished with a record of 20-21, including 17-13 in singles competition for the tournament.
In the C2 Singles Flight, Segur battled valiantly all the way through to the end. In Segur's first match, he triumphed in straight sets over North Carolina's Chad Haskins by scores of 6-4, 6-1. Following Segur's first-round victory, Segur squared off against Big South opponent Brendon Dempsey of Gardner-Webb, defeating him in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Segur overcame trouble in the semifinals match, winning the third set after dropping the second set to Davidson's JB Gough (6-1, 2-6, 6-4). Segur secured the final round victory over UNCW's Santtu Leskimen in three hard-fought sets with scores of 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.
Sam Matheson carried his strong play from the UVa Fall Invite into this weekend's tournament. Matheson finished the tournament with a strong third-place ranking in the B1 Singles Flight. Matheson defeated the Seahawks' Zach Hublitz in the first round in three hard-fought sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Matheson secured a second three-set victory of the tournament in the quarterfinals over Tennessee's Bartosz Sawicki with scores of 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. After dropping the semifinals round to Wake Forest's Nicky Kunz, Matheson finished third place by default as UNCW's Javier Restrepo was unable to play.
Jorge Azuero capped off the Flames' strong play, finishing third in the C1 Singles Flight. Azuero started the competition with a straight-set victory over UNCG's Connor Thompson, 6-4, 7-5. Navy's Tucker Massie was no match for Azuero, with the senior picking up his second consecutive straight-sets victory of the tournament 6-1, 6-4. Despite faltering in the semifinals against the Demon Deacons' Matt Erdman, Azuero won the third place consolation by default when South Carolina's Vladyslav Yanchenko was unable to continue play.
Liberty's top doubles finish came from the duo of Josiah Boda and Jason Burgess. Boda and Burgess were granted a first-round bye in the D Doubles Flight. In the semifinals of their respective flight, the dynamic duo upended Navy's Krishna Jana and Joshua Martin by a score of 8-2. The Liberty team fell in the finals, 8-4, to Davidson's JB Gough and Jordan Hart en route to their second-place finish.
The Flames return to action Thursday, traveling to Charlottesville, Va. to take part in the Atlantic Regional Tournament.