The Liberty men's tennis squad (8-5) will travel to Richmond, Va. tomorrow to take on in-state opponent Richmond at 2:30 p.m.
Liberty enters the contest having recently completed its Texas road trip in which the Flames left with a 3-1 mark. Liberty began the trip by defeating Abilene Christian by a score of 4-3 on March 7 in Abilene, Texas. Following the match against the Wildcats, the Flames competed in a doubleheader against Incarnate Word and St. Mary's on Tuesday, winning both contests by a score of 6-1 and 8-1. The lone loss for the red and blue came on Thursday when No. 72 UTSA bested the Flames, 6-1, in San Antonio, Texas.
Liberty is led by freshman Diego Castano, who boasts a team-best 8-4 record. Sophomore transfer Sam Matheson and junior Egon Samaai are tied for the second best singles mark as the teammates hold an 8-5 overall mark. Castano also paces the squad in doubles play with a 8-5 mark, while Dillon Segur is close behind with seven doubles wins.
Tomorrow's match between Richmond and Liberty will mark the 13th time the two programs have squared off on the tennis courts. Richmond leads the all-time series with a 9-3 record. In the most recent contest, the Spiders doused the Flames by a score of 5-2 in Lynchburg, Va. on Feb. 28, 2014.
The Spiders enter the contest with a 6-5 mark to begin the season. Most recently, Richmond dropped a 4-1 decision to UNCG on Sunday in a neutral site game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Spiders have fallen in three of their last five matches dating back to Feb. 27 when they lost to East Carolina by a score of 5-2 in Greenville, N.C.
Following tomorrow's contest, the Flames return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. when Liberty plays host to conference rival, Coastal Carolina. The contest will be played at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts. The Flames will then turn around to compete against Big South foe, Presbyterian on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
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