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Liberty Flames Men's Tennis Falls to First Place Presbyterian

April 1, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's tennis squad could not get past first place Presbyterian in Big South action Saturday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center, losing 6-1.

The Flames' fourth straight setback puts them at 7-11 overall and 0-4 in the Big South, while the Blue Hose improve to 12-9 and 4-0 in the Big South.

Presbyterian took the doubles point by winning the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. The Blue Hose also won at No. 2-6 singles in a match that saw all six singles bouts need only two sets to decide.

In doubles, PC's No. 2 unit of Brandon Mills and Alexander Lykou defeated Liberty's Vince Salas and Eddie Gutierrez, 6-3. The Blue Hose also took care of business on court one, as Ben Kelly and Joel Roberts knocked off the Flames' top unit, Alex Poynter and Diego Castano, 6-2. The PC seniors' win put the visitors out in front, 1-0.

Liberty's Chase Burton and Max Borcuti improved to 7-5 as a pairing, this spring, with a 6-3 triumph over Diego Manzanas and Jaime Lopez in the No. 3 doubles match.

Despite the doubles setback, Manzanas knocked off Gutierrez (6-1, 6-0) in straight sets on court three, putting PC up, 2-0. The Blue Hose lead grew to 3-0 from Kelley's 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Castano in the No. 4 slot.

Lopez provided the winning point for PC, requiring two sets to knock off Borcuti (6-2, 6-1) on court six. The Blue Hose boasted their lead to 5-0 with a win from Alejandro Bejar in the No. 5 match. Bejar beat Liberty sophomore Ryker Heller, 6-1, 6-3.

Presbyterian's Brandon Mills handled Liberty's Salas, 6-2, 6-4 on court two but Burton salvaged the final point for the hosts with a two-set win over PC's No. 1 player Alexander Lykou, 6-4, 6-3.

Saturday's match was the final home match for Liberty men's tennis, this season. The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday at noon at Big South foe UNC Asheville (7-11, 1-5 Big South). First serve is scheduled for noon at Asheville Racquet Club.