Liberty men's tennis junior Sam Matheson concluded his historic run in the ITA All-American tournament on Wednesday morning. Matheson advanced to the qualifier as the first Flame ever to do so, then notched two wins to have a chance to progress to the main draw.
Matheson needed a win today to compete in the main draw tomorrow but fell short, falling to Georgia's Walker Duncan by a score of 6-1, 6-3. Duncan, a freshman for the Bulldogs, was ranked second in the nation in his recruiting class by tennisrecruiting.net.
Matheson finished the tournament with a 6-1 record, defeating opponents from Texas Tech, Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
"Sam literally poured everything he had into this tournament," stated head coach Chris Johnson. "We are so proud of him! I look forward to watching his results as his confidence continues to grow."
Matheson and the Flames return to action on Oct. 15 when Liberty travels to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the ITA Atlantic Regional.