LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lipscomb men’s tennis fell in a hard-fought 4-3 match against Liberty Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“Today was a great college tennis match and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end,” head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “We had a close one at No. 2 singles in the third set and anything could have happened.
“It’s tough to take losses with your head held high, but I think this is one of those times where you have to. We hit a low point against Kennesaw State and our character was challenged. They showed their character today and I am really proud of this team.”
Lipscomb (6-10, 1-2 ASUN) jumped out of the gate with a 1-0 lead after taking its ninth doubles point in 16 matches this season. On court one, Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena blanked Liberty’s top duo of Nicaise Muamba and Chase Burton, 6-0. The No. 3 pairing of Pedro Uribe and Michael Tougher sealed the point with a 6-3 win.
The Bisons (Jake Penny and Francesco Tacconi) were also leading 5-2 on court two when the point was clinched.
In singles, Liberty (9-9, 3-0) struck first on court three when Burton swept Uribe (6-2, 6-4). Penny returned the favor on court four when he disposed of Ian Sturgill 6-4, 7-5 to give the Bisons a 2-1 advantage.
Liberty’s Muamba, ranked No. 101 in the nation in singles, evened things up on the top line, defeating Chaw 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
The Bisons then responded with a 6-4, 7-5 win from David Skrabut on court five to recapture the lead at 3-2. From there, however, it would be all Flames as the home team won the next two matchups to earn the victory.
They secured the decision on court two in a three-set thriller. Caffarena won the first set against Josh Wilson 7-6 (10-8) to put the Bisons in a position to earn the road win, but Wilson battled back to win 6-4 and 7-5 in sets two and three.
“Credit to Liberty, they are a really good team and a high-class program,” Hernandez said. “I am looking forward to more battles with them.”
Lipscomb is back in action for its final home matches of the season next week. The Lady Bisons wil host NJIT at 11 a.m. Thursday before welcoming FGCU at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
|1. #101 Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Victor Chaw (LIP-M) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1|
|2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 7-5|
|3. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP-M) 6-2, 6-4|
|4. Jake Penny (LIP-M) def. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-5|
|5. David Skrabut (LIP-M) def. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-5|
|6. Vince Salas (LIBERTYM) def. George Wong (LIP-M) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|1. Victor Chaw/Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) def. Nicaise Muamba/Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-0|
|2. Josh Wilson/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) vs. Jake Penny/Francesco Tacconi (LIP-M) 2-5, unfinished|
|3. Pedro Uribe/Michael Tougher (LIP-M) def. Vince Salas/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 6-3|