LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty won a close doubles points and close singles matches as the Flames edged UNC Asheville, 5-2 in Big South Conference men’s tennis action Monday afternoon at the Hershey Tennis Courts.


The Bulldogs (1-2, 7-9) won at #1 doubles as Brett Landau and Alex Croker defeated Jorge Azuero and Alejandro Llamas, 8-3 but lost at #2 and #3 doubles to allow the Flames to take a 1-0 lead.


Asheville surged ahead in singles completion as Landau won in straight sets at #3 light, 6-3, 6-2 over Azuero and Will Goldberg downed Guillen Secanell at #6 flight, 6-3, 6-0.


The Bulldogs led 2-1 but couldn’t hold Liberty off. The Flames won the next four singles matches to improve their record to 9-9 overall and 2-1 in league action.


Asheville hosts Presbyterian College this Thursday at the ARC starting at 2 p.m.


Liberty 5, UNC Asheville 2
Mar 31, 2014 at Lynchburg, Va. (Hershey Tennis Courts)

Singles competition

1. THOMAS, Shea (LIBERTYM) def. KRIPAK, Daniel (ASHM) 6-4, 6-2

2. SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTYM) def. CROKER, Alex (ASHM) 7-5, 6-1

3. LANDAU, Brett (ASHM) def. AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-2

4. VAUGHAN, Stan (LIBERTYM) def. SCHUBEL, John (ASHM) 6-4, 6-4

5. SEGUR, Dillon (LIBERTYM) def. SWINDLER, Josh (ASHM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

6. GOLDBERG, Will (ASHM) def. SECANELL, Guillem (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. LANDAU, Brett/CROKER, Alex (ASHM) def. AZUERO, Jorge/LLAMAS, Alejandro (LIBERTYM) 8-3

2. SAMAAI, Egon/SEGUR, Dillon (LIBERTYM) def. SCHUBEL, John/GOLDBERG, Will (ASHM) 8-3

3. THOMAS, Shea/SECANELL, Guillem (LIBERTYM) def. KRIPAK, Daniel/SWINDLER, Josh (ASHM) 8-3

Match Notes

UNC Asheville 7-9, 1-2 Big South

Liberty 9-9, 2-3 Big South

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,2,4,1,5)