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Flames Post First Win of Season

January 24, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Juan Reyes

Juan Reyes

The Liberty Flames men's tennis team notched its first victory of the year, Saturday night inside the Sport Racket, by sweeping Bluefield, 7-0.

The Flames, who are now 1-1 on the year, opened the match with victories in each of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 advantage. Liberty's Giancarlo Lemmi and Clay Cypert defeated Bluefield's Andy Sarver and Marcin Majchreax in No. 1 doubles, 8-3, to begin the doubles sweep. The Flames' duo of Chad Simpson and Juan Reyes took the No. 2 contest, 8-1, over Susan Zivcovik and Derick Sizemore, while Gregorio Machado and Louis Steyn won in No. 3 doubles over Howard Coston and Justin Wood, 8-0.

In singles, head coach Chris Johnson's team continued its success, taking all six singles contests for a 7-0 match victory. All six Liberty players won their matches in straight sets. Otavio Costa in the No. 4 match, Machado in the No. 5 match and Juan Reyes in the No. 6 match did not drop a game in winning their singles contests. Cypert took the No. 1 singles contest for the Flames, while teammate Steyn won at No. 2 singles.

The Liberty men's tennis team next hosts Lynchburg at the Sport Racket on Feb. 7. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

LU 7 Bluefield State 0

1. Clay Cypert d. Andy Sarver 6-2,6-1
2. Louis Steyn d. Marcin Majchreax 6-0,6-1
3. Giancarlo Lemmi d. Susan Zivcovik 6-1,6-0
4. Otavio Costa d. Derick Sizemore 6-0,6-0
5. Gregorio Machado d. Howard Coston 6-0,6-0
6. Juan Reyes d. Justin Wood 8-0

1. Lemmi/Cypert d. Sarver/Majchreax 8-3
2. Simpson/Reyes d. Zivcovik/Sizemore 8-1
3. Machado/Steyn d. Coston/Wood 8-0