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Egon Samaai has acquired a talent for recording the critical stage in a lot of of Liberty’s team successes which he started “That’s a match, lads!” crying and hitting a tennis ball as high as he could instantly after he closed out the win.

It had been something he’d done against Gardner Webb during his four-year career wearing the Flames’ colours. The Runnin’ Bulldogs done so convincingly, and had won every match.

Until Thursday.

It ’s lots of entertaining. I’ve a lot of matches for Liberty on the years that it only becomes interesting clinched,” Samaai said. You begin to get interesting to it and not take everything so seriously. It’s only interesting to get this win for the men because we’ve looking forward to the next round and been working for it.”

The Chanticleers got the better of LU, 6-1, in the teams’ regular season meeting last week in the Coastal Carolina Tennis Complex.

They ’re a great team, really strong. We got beat pretty badly in the normal season by them,” Samaai said, “but this time we’re playing with our supporters on our courts. Therefore I believe we’re in far better condition now. We’re going to do a bit of scouting … some video session to find out what we are able to anticipate for [today]. I believe we’ll be in great condition to win

Samaai conquered Zverkov 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles by commanding the match with his ruling serve and skill to break Zverkov in crucial scenarios.

There were two cases Zverkov let his emotions show. The first was a nifty backhand that Samaai set flawlessly on a return that resulted in Zverkov and netted a crucial stage slamming his racket to the court.

Zverkov stayed crouched around on the court along with his head.

Samaai assumed complete control in order to complete the competition as well as the match.

“Everyone has their breaking point and I really could tell just where I needed him that I had him once I saw him kneeling around,” Samaai said. “I could capitalize on that and win from there.”

Alex Poynter and Eddie Gutierrez edged the GWU team of Adam and Yaroslav Prostakov Schmidt 7-5 thanks to some crucial serve from Poynter.

Gutierrez carried over that momentum by rushing out to some one-set lead over Prostakov, 6-1.

Nevertheless, Prostakov forced a tiebreaker in the next set and came back.

“The man in the stages that were significant, he broke down and he could’t manage the pressure,” Gutierrez said.

“We understood we had the ability do it; we only have’t brought it all at one time. … You actually saw that “Now. That’s one of the things we discussed. I used to be actually proud that on the largest of occasions, they found a means to essentially take charge of each court.”

Stuart Hooper: Shower chief retires with impact

Stuart Hooper

Bath captain Stuart Hooper has retired with immediate effect due to a back injury.

“I did the harm in December against Leicester. I missed six or five weeks got it back into a period when I really could play, but did not get it right sadly.

Now I am really, very excited about the following challenges in life.”

Hooper, who sits ninth on the all time record of Premiership appearance makers, became the captain of Bath in 2011.

His side are now ninth in the Premiership.

“To lead like he’s done is an excellent homage to the guy,” said Bath head coach Mike Ford. “To get this way is an excellent accomplishment, to play in the position he plays for 16 years in the top level.

“Stuart made the decision at the start of the season this would be his last. It is just four matches off his terms although it is not exactly on his terms. Many people must retire with years left inside them.

He is not going away.

“He is an incredible person of excellent character as well as the club have recognised that individuals are in need of folks like this in the organisation. He will be here for quite a while.”