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Sam Matheson Wins Finals in UVa Fall Classic

October 5, 2014  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Sam Matheson Wins Finals in UVa Fall Classic

The Liberty men's tennis team concluded the final round of the UVa Fall Classic Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Flames competed in one singles final in which Sam Matheson came away with a three-set victory over James Madison's Maxi Branth. Overall, Liberty finished 20-17 for the UVa Fall Classic.

In the Black draw, Matheson battled valiantly all the way through to the end. In Matheson's first match, he overcame a second-set loss, defeating Princeton's Ben Tso in three sets, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Matheson won in straight sets over William & Mary's Scott Huang, 7-6(5), 6-3.

The sophomore's semifinals matchup was more of a challenge, as Matheson once again losing the second set to set up for a dramatic finish. Matheson regained his composure to defeat East Tennessee State's Ismael Merino in a hard-fought battle in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 10-7. Matheson finished the weekend with the Black Draw finals victory in three tightly contested sets over James Madison's Branth, 6-3, 6-7(6) and 10-6.

The Flames' duo of Egon Samaii and Dillon Segur captured the third-place slot in the Blue Doubles draw, defeating VCU's Michal Voscek and Matthew Kritzinger, 8-7.

Liberty captured a pair of fifth-place finishes in the White and Black Doubles draws. Jorge Azuero and Diego Castano captured the fifth-place final in the White Doubles, defeating George Washington's Jabari Stafford and Darian Hashemzadeh, 8-3.

The Black Doubles draw saw the duo of Matheson and David Bush cap off the weekend with a fifth-place victory over Old Dominion's Javier Maestre and Samuel Perelman by a score of 8-5.

"To win the Big South championship in the spring our guys need to be put under pressure and challenged as much as possible. The competition this past weekend at UVa continues this process for us," Liberty Men's Assistant Coach Rich Benson commented. "We picked up some nice wins from our freshmen Diego Castano and David Bush. Our best result came in from our sophomore transfer Sam Matheson who won all four of his singles matches to win his flight. This was a very good weekend for us, and Coach Johnson and I were proud of the team's effort."

The Flames return to action on Friday when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take part in the Wake Forest Fall Invitational.