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Men's Tennis Set for Commonwealth Matches

February 16, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Stanislav Vaughan and the Flames look to end their three-match slide this weekend.

Stanislav Vaughan and the Flames look to end their three-match slide this weekend.

The Liberty men's tennis team continues its season-opening road schedule this weekend, visiting two Commonwealth opponents, Old Dominion and Richmond. The Flames meet the Monarchs at 2 p.m. on Friday, before facing the Spiders at 5 p.m., Saturday.

In the midst of a three-match slide, Liberty has opened its season at 1-4.

The men's program seeks its first victory against Old Dominion, with the Monarchs taking the victory in the eight matches played in the series. Last season, the Monarchs knocked off the Flames, 5-2, in a late-January meeting.

Old Dominion has been settling in at home early this year. Its match with Liberty is its 12th-straight contest in Norfolk to open the season. The Monarchs home stand will last 15 matches. Meanwhile, Liberty is on the road during its first nine contests this spring.

Old Dominion is 9-2 this season and has already produced a win streak of eight in a row. However, that streak was snapped their last time on the courts, with UMBC claiming victory, 4-3. The Monarchs' streak included a 5-2 defeat of Big South member, Winthrop.

Saturday's match pits the Flames against the 3-6 Spiders. The match will be contested at the Raintree Swim and Racquet Club in Richmond. While Richmond leads the series between the programs, 7-2, Liberty has taken the last two meetings. In both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Flames edged out 4-3 victories against the Spiders.

Richmond is coming off a 6-1 loss to Lehigh on Sunday.