The Liberty men's tennis squad (2-1) looks to improve to 4-1 for the first time since it began the 2013 season 9-1. The Flames host King University at noon followed by Bluefield State at 6 p.m., with both matches being played at the Sports Racket.
Live stats will be available for both home matches on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the men's tennis schedule/results page. Fans can also follow the contests through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday.
The Flames are currently led by co-captains Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero who have posted a combined 3-3 singles record and 3-3 doubles record. Liberty's four newcomers have helped pace the Flames to the current 2-1 record, with a combined singles record of 6-3 and a doubles record of 4-5. Freshman Diego Castano is off to a 2-1 start in both singles and double play, as he was rewarded the CRONS Freshman of the Week award as announced by the conference office earlier this morning.
Friday's noon match between Liberty and King mark the first time that these two programs have squared off. King is off to a 1-3 start, dropping its most recent contest against Wofford, 7-0. The Tornados bring a young team to the Hill City, with three sophomores and two freshmen.
The Flames will have a quick turnaround Friday, competing against Bluefield State at 6 p.m. Liberty is currently 6-0 all-time against the Blues. Liberty and Bluefield State are facing off for the seventh consecutive season, with the last match falling in the Flames' favor, 5-2, at the Sports Racket. Bluefield State brings a balanced roster of three upperclassmen and three underclassmen. Five of the six Blues' athletes are international student-athletes.
Following this weekend's matchups, the Flames head to the Sunshine State to compete in a three-day tournament from Feb. 5-7 against Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and the University of Miami.
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