The Flames snap a four-match losing skid and improve to 5-7 with the victory, while the Knights drop to 3-6 with the loss.
Liberty's top four singles players (Eddie Gutierrez, Vince Salas, Chase Burton and Diego Castano) each won their respective matches to give the Flames the necessary points.
|The Flames' top four singles players delivered victories, lifting the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Knights on Monday.|
The Knights opened the afternoon by taking the doubles point. The doubles point ultimately came down to a tiebreaker in the No. 3 match, won 7-6 (4) by Miki Nobuzawa and Gonzalo Quintana over Burton and Max Borcuti.
The two teams split the first two doubles matches. FDU's No. 1 duo of Adam Chan and Danilo Vukotic bested Castano and Alex Poynter, 6-3. The Flames' No. 2 pairing of Vince Salas defeated Diogo Garnel and Pedro Carvalho, 6-3, for their first win as a unit, this spring.
With the Knights leading 1-0 to begin singles, Chan won his match in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) over Poynter at No. 5 singles to stake Farleigh Dickinson to a 2-0 advantage.
Castano provided the Flames their first point of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Garnel in the No. 4 match. Following Castano's victory, Salomon put the Knights ahead by two points (3-1) for the second time, topping Borcuti, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 6 slot.
Needing the final three matches and points for the victory, Gutierrez, Burton and Salas all won in two-set matches. Gutierrez needed a tiebreaker to take the first set from Quintana and went on to win the No. 1 singles match, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Burton evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Carvalho, at No. 3 singles.
Finally, Salas took down Vukotic, 6-3, 7-6 (4), giving Liberty the 4-3 victory. The win was Salas' team-best 15th singles victory of the year and third singles victory in the last five days.
Following a day off from competition, the Flames will take on Fairfield (3-9) and Saint Joseph's (4-5) in a doubleheader, Wednesday at the USTA National Campus. The matches are set for 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. starts, respectively.
Live video and stats will be available on Wednesday. Find the links for each match on the Liberty men's tennis schedule & results panel on LibertyFlames.com.