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Tennis' Regular-Season Finale Moved Up

April 14, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Cameron Richard and Tristan Stayt will look to help their teams wrap up the regular season with a win over UNC Asheville.

Cameron Richard and Tristan Stayt will look to help their teams wrap up the regular season with a win over UNC Asheville.

Due to the weekend's weather outlook, the Liberty's men's and women's tennis matches against UNC Asheville have been moved up and will be played Friday at 1 p.m.

Liberty's men's and women's tennis teams wrap up regular-season play tomorrow, with both teams taking on Big South Conference opponent UNC Asheville, at 1 p.m.

The Lady Flames (13-6, 5-1 Big South) are looking to post their ninth-straight victory and claim a share of the Big South regular-season title in the process. A win would also tie the program's mark for Big South wins in a season, matching the 6-1 record set by the 2009 squad. Despite the Bulldogs defeating the Lady Flames last season, Liberty holds an 8-3 edge in the series history with UNC Asheville.

The match also serves as the regular-season finale for UNC Asheville's women's team. The Bulldogs are 6-14 this season and 0-5 in Big South matches, including two close 4-3 losses to Radford and Presbyterian College.

Stephanie Schon is UNC Asheville's leading singles winner with a 12-8 record. The majority of her wins have come in the No. 3 position, where she has posted a 5-1 mark. In doubles, Devon Cavanaugh and Britney Cloer have scored the most wins for the team, going 7-5 in matches played at the No. 2 spot.

Liberty's men (9-10, 1-4 Big South) will also look to finish on a strong point as they head into post-season play. A win on Friday would mark the Flames' third-consecutive 10-win season, which would be a first in program history. Despite trailing the series history, 12-7, Liberty has defeated UNC Asheville in the last three meetings.

UNC Asheville is 8-9 this season, including 1-3 in Big South contests. The Flames and Bulldogs' conference victories have both come against Presbyterian College. Liberty swept the Blue Hose 7-0, while UNC Asheville won by a 5-2 margin.

The Bulldogs have a pair of players who have posted double-digit victories in singles this season. Adrien Langeard leads the way with an 11-3 mark, competing in the top three positions in UNC Asheville's lineup. The majority of his wins come at No. 2, where he is 8-3. Matt Waissen has also played in each of the top three singles slots, and is 10-7. Seven of his wins come at No. 3.

Langeard and Thomas Rees have been the most consistent team for the Bulldogs in doubles play, with the pair producing a 14-2 mark this season. Each of their matches have been contested at the No. 3 spot. The duo is 3-1 in Big South matches.

The Bulldogs then wrap up their regular season Sunday, hosting Coastal Carolina.