Liberty men's tennis was topped, 6-1, by Valparaiso, Sunday at the Star Island Resort and Tennis Club.
The Flames' fourth consecutive loss drops them to 4-7 overall, while the Crusaders run their winning streak to 12 matches, improving to 13-1 overall with the win.
Valparaiso won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles match to take the doubles point. The Crusaders' top duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Dave Bacalla bested the Flames' Alex Poynter and Diego Castano, 6-3. In the No. 2 match, Charlie Emhardt and Chad Kissell prevailed, 6-3 over Vince Salas and Eddie Gutierrez, giving Valparaiso a 1-0 lead.
In singles competition, Liberty's Salas was the lone Flame to win a singles match, which was the final match of the day to wrap up play. Salas dropped the first set, 6-0, to Charlie Emhardt but took the final two sets to emerge victorious, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2. Valparaiso won each of the other five singles matches in straight sets.
The No. 1 singles match was won by Schorsch over Gutierrez, 6-2, 6-3, giving the Crusaders a 2-0 edge. In the No. 6 position, Valparaiso's Brian Pecyna put the Crusaders ahead, 3-0, with a straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) triumph over the Flames' Max Borcuti.
The Crusaders received the match-clinching point out of the No. 4 spot from Dave Bacalla. Bacalla took down Liberty's Diego Castano, 6-2, 6-4.
Garrett Gardner and Chad Kissell gave Valparaiso their fifth and sixth points with victories. Gardner upended Poynter, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 5 match. Kissell won the first set over the Flames' Chase Burton in a tiebreaker before winning set two, 6-2, to take the match (7-6 (7-5), 6-2).
Liberty fell to Valparaiso, Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla.
Liberty will be back in action on Monday at 11:30 a.m. against Farleigh Dickinson (3-4). Following Monday's match, the Flames will take on Fairfield (11:30 a.m.) and Saint Joseph's (7 p.m.) in a doubleheader, Wednesday.
Live video and stats will be available for matches played at the USTA National Campus on Monday and Wednesday. Find the links for each match on the Liberty men's tennis schedule & results panel on LibertyFlames.com.