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Flames Collect 5 Victories on Day 1 of Liberty University Invitational

September 22, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mermersky picked up his first career win as a Flame on Friday.

Mermersky picked up his first career win as a Flame on Friday.

Liberty University Invitational Day 1 Results

The Liberty Flames men's tennis team captured five total matches, highlighted by freshman Sebastian Mermersky's singles win in his collegiate debut, Friday afternoon on day one of the Liberty University Invitational at the Cook Tennis Center.

Mermersky, slotted in the top singles flight, Red singles, knocked off Charlotte's Siem Fenne in straight sets (7-5, 6-3). Up next for the Liberty freshman is a showdown against Campbell's Gerard Sola on Saturday.

"Our guys did a great job of competing today and committing to their games, regardless of the score or situation in the match," stated Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt. "That's exactly what we're looking for, to be engaged every point from start to finish."

Sophomore Chase Burton also collected a victory in the Red singles division, bouncing back from a first-set loss to top Inigo Torre Martin of VCU, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Burton is slated to take on Richmond's John Karlawish, Saturday following doubles play.

In the White singles flight, Flames junior Eddie Gutierrez and senior Diego Castano both picked up their first victories of the season. Gutierrez defeated Longwood's Julian Farthing, 7-5, 7-5. Next in store for the Mexico City, Mexico, native is a Saturday matchup against the Campbell Camels' Fabien Ayet.

Castano needed just two sets to get past Richmond's Joseph Nardini (6-2, 6-4). He will take on Presbyterian's Alberto Conde on Saturday.

Liberty's doubles tandem of Castano and Alex Poynter earned a convincing 6-2 victory over Charlotte's duo of Collin Thomson and Noah Milliken in the White doubles division. Castano and Poynter will face Lorenz Schwab and Ondrej Labik of Campbell on Saturday morning.

Saturday's action will commence at 9 a.m. with doubles play. Sunday's final day of competition will begin at noon.

Results from the invitational, as well as a recap, will be available at the conclusion of Saturday and Sunday on