ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Liberty won a close doubles point and split the singles matches to earn a hard-fought 4-3 Big South Conference men's tennis victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Friday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.


The Flames improved to 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Big South. The Bulldogs dropped to 5-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.


Liberty was able to win the doubles point by winning at #1 and #2 flights. The second flight was the toughest for Asheville. Liberty's duo of Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero edged Daniel Kripak and John Schubel 9-8 in a tie-breaker. The Flames won the tie-breaker 8-4.


Asheville's Adrien Langeard continued his great season as he won at #1 flight, 6-3, 6-0 over Siium Tuus of Liberty. The Bulldogs then got three-set wins from Matt Waissen and Kripak at #2 and #3 flights respectively.  Kripak fought back from a first set loss to Segur to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.


But the Flames won at #4, #5 and #6 to claim the victory. Jorge Azuero, Egon Samaai and Stan Vaughan all won for Liberty in straight gets.


Asheville is back in action on Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Lees-McRae.


UNC Asheville
Liberty vs UNC Asheville (Mar 08, 2013)

Liberty 4, UNC Asheville 3
Mar 08, 2013 at Asheville, N.C. (ARC Downtown) 

Singles competition

1. LANGEARD, Adrien (ASHM) def. TUUS, Siim (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-0

2. WAISSEN, Matt (ASHM) def. THOMAS, Shea (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

3. KRIPAK, Daniel (ASHM) def. SEGUR, Dillon (LIBERTYM) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

4. AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) def. CROKER, Alex (ASHM) 6-4, 6-3

5. SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTYM) def. SCHUBEL, John (ASHM) 6-3, 7-6

6. VAUGHAN, Stan (LIBERTYM) def. LANDAU, Brett (ASHM) 7-5, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. THOMAS, Shea/SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTYM) def. LANGEARD, Adrien/WAISSEN, Matt (ASHM) 9-7

2. SEGUR, Dillon/AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) def. KRIPAK, Daniel/SCHUBEL, John (ASHM) 9-8 (8-4)

3. CROKER, Alex/LANDAU, Brett (ASHM) def. TUUS, Siim/VAUGHAN, Stan (LIBERTYM) 8-5

Match Notes

Liberty 8-1, 2-0 BSC

UNC Asheville 5-4, 1-0 BSC