LU Beats Chicago State, PC Drops Match to Longwood


Liberty 7, Chicago State 0

The Liberty men's tennis team continued its hot streak, Wednesday morning, defeating Chicago State, 7-0.  The shutout is the Flames' fourth of the year.

Liberty ups its record to 9-3 with its sixth straight win, marking the program's longest win streak since an eight game stretch in 2003.  Chicago State remains winless on the year at 0-11.

Liberty quickly gained a 1-0 advantage with the doubles point.  The Cougars had to default in the No. 3 match, while Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas defeated Sergiu Muresan and Rashley Yeremia, 8-2 in the No. 2 slot.  Siim Tuus and Giancarlo Lemmi claimed an 8-5 win in the lead match, taking down Mario Naboa and Julian Chavez.

Chicago State then defaulted the No. 6 singles match, to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.
Liberty continued the morning sweep by only allowing Chicago State to win a combined 11 games in the five singles contests.

Matt Slamecka blanked Luis Ulloa, 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 match, while Dillon Segur only gave up one game, defeating Chavez, 6-1, 6-0.

Tuus and freshman Jorge Azuero both won by 6-1, 6-1 decisions in the No. 1 and No. 4 matches, respectively.  Tuus defeated Naboa, while Azuero outhit Yeremia.  Azuero's victory keeps him perfect in limited singles action this season, at 4-0.

Mandeep Yadav closed out the 7-0 win with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Sergiu Muresan in the No. 3 match.

The Flames will now return home and resume Big South play.  On Sunday, Liberty will welcome Gardner-Webb to the Hershey Tennis Courts for a 1:00pm Conference contest.

Longwood 4, Presbyterian 3

The Presbyterian College men's tennis team came up short to Longwood in a heartbreaker at Templeton Tennis Courts on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3.

PC moves to 8-9 on the year. Longwood improves to 5-7.

The day's result hung on the final singles match of the day. William O'Connell put up a battle at No. 2, edging Giorgi Khmiadashvili in the first set by a 7-6 margin. The Lancer took the final two to seal the match, however, 6-3, 6-4.

The Blue Hose captured the doubles point to go ahead heading into singles play, 1-0. Andrew Brigham and Zachary Sprouse led off by besting Edward Becker and Harry Kelleher, 8-3.

Rafael Berghaus and O'Connell then ran their record together to 6-0 with an 8-4 top flight victory over Daniel Elston and Khmiadashvili. The victory gave the point to PC and the home side nearly swept Longwood in doubles, but Edward Snead IV and Nathan Crocker fell in a battle to Nobu Tanaka and Steed Johnson, 8-7.

PC took a 2-0 lead in singles action as Sprouse dispatched Elston at the third flight, 6-3, 6-1. Longwood then grabbed its first win with a Tanaka top-flight victory over Berghaus, 6-3, 6-3. The Lancers evened the dual match at No. 5 as Crocker stumbled against Kelleher, 6-1, 6-3.

The Lancers grabbed its first lead thanks to a fourth-flight Becker victory Brigham, 6-3, 6-3.

Gonzalo Asis pulled PC even when he knocked off Johnson at the sixth-flight, 6-3, 7-5, but Longwood earned the win with the day's final victory.

PC returns to action on Saturday when the Blue Hose host USC Lancaster at 9:30am and Limestone at 3:30pm.