Asheville & Liberty Score Men Tennis Wins

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UNC Asheville 4, Gardner-Webb 0ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville remained perfect in Big South Conference play with a hard-fought 4-0 victory over visiting Gardner-Webb Tuesday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown.

The Bulldogs (10-7, 3-0 BSC) and Runnin' Bulldogs (6-12, 0-5 BSC) had to be moved inside due to a torrential thunderstorm that hit the Asheville area right after doubles was completed. Asheville earned the doubles points and then won three singles matches, two in three sets to secure the victory. The other three singles matches did not finish.

The Bulldogs picked up the doubles point and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match with three tough wins.  Jonas Brobeck and Matt Waissen earned an 8-5 win at #1 doubles. Thomas Rees and Adrien Langeard won at #2 doubles by the same score.  Pete Conaty and John Schubel won at #3 by an 8-6 score.

In singles play, Langeard won convincingly at #1 over Korhan Ates, 6-1, 6-2. At #2 singles, Matt Waissen fell in the first set to A. Knutson-Sundblad, 2-6. But Waissen roared back in the next two sets to win 6-1, 6-3.

Jonas Brobeck clinched the win with his team-leading 11th singles win of the year. He outlasted Roman Piftor at #3 4-6, 7-6, 7-5. He stayed alive in the match in the second by winning a tie-breaker, 7-1.

Asheville is off until Friday and Saturday when the Bulldogs face two of the biggest road matches in school history. The Dogs play at Liberty on Friday and then face a first-place showdown with defending BSC champion Radford on Saturday.

Singles competition
 
1. LANGEARD, Adrien (ASH) def. Korhan Ates (GWUM) 6-1, 6-2
2. WAISSEN, Matt (ASH) def. A. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWUM) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. BROBECK, Jonas (ASH) def. Roman Piftor (GWUM) 4-6, 7-6, 7-5
4. REES, Thomas (ASH) vs. Ernest Alberch (GWUM) 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
5. MATTHEWS, Ryan (ASH) vs. Joao Poli (GWUM) 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
6. SCHUBEL, John (ASH) vs. Brendan Dempsey (GWUM) unfinished
 
Doubles competition
 
1. BROBECK, Jonas/WAISSEN, Matt (ASH) def. Matthew Parker/Ernest Alberch (GWUM) 8-5
2. REES, Thomas/LANGEARD, Adrien (ASH) def. Korhan Ates/A. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWUM) 8-5
3. CONATY, Pete/SCHUBEL, John (ASH) def. Stephen Martin/Joao Poli (GWUM) 8-6
 
 Liberty 5, Longwood 2

While Longwood jumped on the board first by taking the doubles point, the Flames finished strongly in singles play, Tuesday, taking five of the six matches en route to a 5-2 victory in Farmville, Va.

Liberty is now 14-6 for 2012, which is the second-highest win total in the program's history. However, it is the most wins the program has had in a single season while facing a Division I schedule. The 1990 team posted 16 wins against a schedule which included a range of competition. Longwood falls to 7-8 with the loss.

Uncharacteristically, the Flames only managed one doubles victory to open the match.  Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas claimed the No. 2 contest, as they outhit Harry Kelleher and Edward Becker, 8-6, for their team leading 11th win of the year.  However, the homestanding Lancers' wins at No. 1 and No. 3 secured the first point of the afternoon.

The Flames turned things around quickly in singles action, as they won five of the six matches to claim victory.

Siim Tuus snapped a small two-match skid in the No. 1 contest, downing Nobu Tanaka, 6-2, 6-4, for his team leading 12th win of the year.

Stayt and Mandeep Yadav each secured efficient wins, in two sets.  Yadav clinched his seventh straight singles win since dropping his opening match of the season, knocking off Becker, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 4 slot. Stayt recorded his ninth victory of the year, dropping just one game to Steed Johnson in the No. 6 match, 6-1, 6-0.

Giancarlo Lemmi became the fourth Flame to reach double-digit wins for the season, taking his 10th singles win of 2012, as his opponent retired in the second set.  The senior held a 6-4, 6-3, advantage before Daniel Elston retired.

Jorge Azuero remained unbeaten in singles play with a win at No. 5. The freshman defeated Kelleher, 6-2, 7-6 (5), for his eighth victory of 2012.

The Lancers' sole point on the afternoon came with a three-set win in the No. 2 match.

The Flames will celebrate Senior Day on Friday, when UNC Asheville treks to the Hill City. Match time is slated for 1:00pm.

East Tennessee State 4, #73 Radford 0

East Tennessee State ended Radford's six-match winning streak with a 4-0 victory over the Highlanders Tuesday afternoon at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.
 
The Bucs' Jeremy Bonneville and Juan Ramirez rallied from a 4-1 deficit on court two to defeat Igor Ogrizek and Stin Meulemans, 8-6, and claim the doubles point.
 
Radford's lone doubles victory came from its top duo of Nicholas Sayer and Thomas Dehaen, who won their sixth straight with a 9-8 (3) decision.
 
After ETSU got straight-set wins from Jesus Bandres (6-1, 6-1) and Roger Ordeig (6-4, 6-0) to go up, 3-0, the match was suspended due to severe thunderstorms.
 
Play resumed two hours later at a local indoor facility, where Sander Gille upset No. 78 Sayer, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the match.
 
The Highlanders, who were without the services of freshman Patrick O'Keefe due to injury, were up a set in two of the matches and leading the second set on court five when the match was decided.

Each of Radford's four setbacks this spring have come to teams that were ranked or have spent time in the ITA National Rankings.
 
Radford will begin its final homestand of the 2011-12 season with a 3:00pm dual against Charlotte Wednesday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.

Appalachian State 6, Presbyterian 1

The Presbyterian College men's tennis team battled Appalachian State on Tuesday afternoon and fell to the Mountaineers, 6-1. The squad celebrated the career of senior Zachary Sprouse in the player's final match at Templeton Tennis Courts.

PC moves to 11-12 on the year while Appalachian State improves to 11-6.

Prior to the match, the Blue Hose swapped stories about Sprouse, discussed his career and presented him with gifts from his PC teammates. The senior will leave PC as the program's leader in both Division I singles (now at 33) and doubles victories (37).

Appalachian State took the doubles point to begin the match, but not without a fight from the Blue Hose. Doubles action began as the Mountaineers won the No. 3 match with Zeke Sansing and Steve Karendal holding off Edward Snead IV and Sprouse, 8-5.

PC answered at the top flight to even the score. Grayson Mills and Rafael Berghaus outlasted Sebastien King and Philip Kloc in a 8-6 marathon win.

The point came down to the second-flight matchup between PC's William O'Connell and Andrew Brigham and Appalachian State's Alex Markov and Alain Humblet. The Blue Hose came close but fell short by the slimmest of margins, 9-8.

In singles play, Gonzalo Asis earned the team's lone win with a decision in straight sets over Matt Saltsgaver at the sixth flight, 6-1, 6-1.

Brigham took on King at No. 4 and gave the Mountaineer a battle, falling by a 7-5, 7-6 margin. O'Connell nearly took a set from Humblet at the third flight before coming up short, 6-4, 7-6.

In another close first set, Nathan Crocker took on Karendal but fell, 7-5, 6-0.

At No. 2, Sprouse stumbled against Kloc, 6-1, 6-2, while Berghaus dropped a top-flight set to Markov, 6-2, 6-2.

PC travels to Campbell on Thursday for a 2:00pm matchup against the Camels in Buies Creek, N.C.