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Men's Tennis Concludes Fall Competition, Sunday

November 2, 2014  Wilmington, N.C.  RSS
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Men's Tennis Concludes Fall Competition, Sunday

The Liberty Flames men's tennis squad concluded its fall competition this weekend, taking part in the UNCW Quad Invite in Wilmington, N.C.

The UNCW Quad Invite was played as a hidden dual format where there is no bracket but each school faces opposing teams for the entirety of the particular round. Joining Liberty on the weekend were host UNCW, Richmond and USC Upstate.

The Flames finished the weekend with seven total victories. On Friday, the Flames notched two doubles wins against the Richmond Spiders. Egon Samaii and Jorge Azuero recorded the first win of the tournament for Liberty, upending the Spiders' Dylan Trent and Canyon Teague in a hard-fought doubles match, 8-7 (5). Dillon Segur and Sam Matheson edged Ethan Dunbar and Stathi Kyriakides, 8-5 for the Flames' second doubles victory on the day.

Saturday's competition was halted due to inclement weather, with doubles matches continuing early Sunday morning.

The Flames were blanked in the four doubles matches by the host Seahawks, before bouncing back to take three singles matches against Richmond. Segur put Liberty on the right track, defeating Jonathan Quenard in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3.

Following Segur's singles win, Azuero and Diego Castano secured back-to-back victories for the Flames. Azuero defeated Caleb Troy in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Castano notched his singles victory handily over Kyriakides 6-3, 6-0.

The Flames picked up two singles wins against USC Upstate to conclude the tournament. Matheson knocked off Viktor Selander in three tightly contested sets. Matheson clinched the first set by a score of 6-2 and then went down to the wire in the second set, losing 6-4. Matheson and Selander were neck and neck in the final set before Matheson broke free to win, 10-8.

Azuero notched the final win of the tournament for the Flames in similar fashion, upending John Giakoumakis in three sets. Much like Matheson, Azuero won the first set 6-4 and then fell in the second set, 2-6. The final set seemed like it would never end, with Azuero and Giakoumakis trading point for point. Finally, Azuero proved too much for the Spartans' freshman, elevating to an 11-9 win.

The Flames return to action on Jan. 23 when they open up their spring schedule at home against in-state rival James Madison.