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Flames to Face a Pair of Commonwealth Foes This Weekend
The Liberty men's tennis team takes to the road this weekend for a pair of in-state clashes, beginning with Norfolk State on Saturday and finishing with a match against William & Mary on Sunday. Match times for this weekend's contests are slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Live stats for Sunday's match will be provided courtesy of the William & Mary sports information department and can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link located on the men's tennis schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com.
Liberty is off to its best start since the 2004 season, posting a 2-0 record through the first two matches of the year. With a win on Saturday over the Spartans, the Flames will begin a season 3-0 for the first time in program history.
Liberty has recorded a pair of 7-0 sweeps to start the season. The Flames downed Bluefield State on Feb. 1, before routing Bridgewater on Feb. 16 in Liberty's home opener.
Saturday's match will be the fifth meeting all-time between the Flames and Spartans. Liberty holds the 3-1 series lead, including a 5-2 win last season in Lynchburg.
The Spartans are riding a three match winning streak heading into the weekend and hold an overall record of 3-3 (1-0 MEAC). Last weekend, Norfolk State defeated Christopher Newport, 6-1, and South Carolina State, 4-3.
Dzmitry Zyhmantovich and Robin Riethmueller pace the Spartans with identical 5-1 marks in singles play out of the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively. In doubles play, Zyhmantovich and Pete Rastromer-Pello are 2-2, playing three out of four matches in the No. 1 spot.
William & Mary is 2-2 overall on the season, but has dropped its last two matches, falling 4-3 to No. 62 North Florida and 7-0 to No. 34 Northwestern. The Tribe have won each of the previous three meetings against the Flames, with the last win coming during the 2010 season.
In the latest ITA national singles rankings, the Tribe's Ben Guthrie earned his first career ranking, coming in at No. 103. John Banks and Ben Hoogland both hold 3-1 singles ledgers this season to lead the team.
Following this weekend's matches, the Flames will return home to begin a four-match home stand, beginning on Feb. 22 against Morgan State at 2:30 p.m.