The Liberty Flames men's tennis squad fell to Florida Gulf Coast in the first-ever meeting between the squads, 6-1, in Miami, Fla., earlier this afternoon. With the loss, the Flames fall to 4-3 on the season; meanwhile the Eagles improve to 4-1.
Despite falling by a score of 6-1, the Flames had their chance to capture wins, forcing the Eagles to compete for three sets on three different occasions.
FGCU tallied the first point of the afternoon with wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions. At No. 1, Jordi Vives and Tianyu Bao bested Dillon Segur and Egon Samaai, 6-3. Andres Alfonzo and Austin Bates clinched the doubles point for the Eagles with a 6-1 victory over Jorge Azuero and Diego Castano from the No. 2 position.
The Eagles clinched their second team point of the contest with Vives edging Segur in three hard-fought sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
FGCU took the 3-0 lead when Alfonzo ousted Matheson in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Flames notched their lone point when Samaai defeated Eduardo Alfonzo, 7-6, 6-4 to pull Liberty to within two.
The Eagles clinched the match from the No. 4 slot with Ricky Ventura having to use all of his energy to defeat Azuero in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6.
With the match already in hand, FGCU captured the remaining two singles positions to solidify the score at 6-1.
Liberty returns to action tomorrow when they take on Miami, Fla. at 3 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Florida Gulf Coast 6, Liberty 1