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No. 5 Liberty Advances with Victory Over G-W

April 16, 2009  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Louis Steyn closed out Liberty's win with a win in No. 3 singles, Thursday.

Louis Steyn closed out Liberty's win with a win in No. 3 singles, Thursday.

The No. 5 seed Liberty Flames advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 Big South Championship by defeating No. 4 seed Gardner-Webb, 4-1, Thursday morning at Memorial Courts on the campus of Winthrop University.

With the win, the Flames improve to 13-9 overall and move on to the semifinals, where they will play No. 1 seed Radford at 10 a.m., Friday. Liberty will be making its first-ever semifinal appearance in the Big South Men's Tennis Championship.

Liberty picked up the doubles point as Juan Reyes and Louis Steyn cruised to an 8-1 victory at No. 3, and the No. 1 team of Clay Cypert and Giancarlo Lemmi clinched the point with an 8-5 win.

In a tightly-contested match in singles, the doubles point proved to be the difference for the Flames. Gardner-Webb evened the match at 1-1 in the first solo match completed in the match. Evgeny Slesarev downed Cypert in straight sets in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Liberty upped its advantage in the match to 3-1, with victories by Reyes and Simpson at No. 6 and No. 4 singles. Reyes tallied the first Flames win in singles on the morning with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Bulldog's Ryan Bernthal. Simpson took the No. 4 contest, 6-3, 6-1 over Carlos Quijano.

With Gardner-Webb leading in both the No. 2 and No. 5 singles contest, Liberty's Lemmi closed out the match at No. 3 with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Rafael Altmayer.

The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs end their season 9-17.

No. 1 – Cypert/Lemmi (LU) def. Slesarev/Altmayer (GW), 8-5
No. 2 – Simpson/Machado (LU) led Veeder/Quijano (GW) 8-7, unfinished
No. 3 – Reyes/Steyn (LU) def. Bernthal/Lawlor (GW), 8-1

No. 1 – Evgeny Slesarev (GW) def. Clay Cypert (LU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 – Andrew Veeder (GW) led Louis Steyn (LU), 3-6, 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
No. 3 – Giancarlo Lemmi (LU) def. Rafael Altmayer (GW), 7-6 (5), 6-1
No. 4 – Chad Simpson (LU) def. Carlos Quiano (GW), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – Jamie Lawlor (GW) led Otavio Costa (LU), 6-2, 3-6, 4-1, unfinished
No. 6 – Juan Reyes (LU) def. Ryan Bernthal (GW), 6-4, 6-2