Liberty men's tennis junior Sam Matheson has been named the Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Week, as announced by the Big South Conference for matches played from Feb. 1-7.
Matheson is the first Flame to garner Big South recognition this season. The New Zealand native also entered the spring season ranked as the No. 15 singles player in the Atlantic Region.
Sam Matheson finished the week with a 3-1 overall record, including two singles wins. In a 5-2 loss against Furman on Friday, Matheson paired up with Egon Samaai to claim Liberty's lone doubles win, defeating Adam Steryous and Cameron Green, 6-3. Matheson then squared off against Steryous in the No. 1 singles match, going down to the wire in three sets. The New Zealand native fought hard for the first set to win 7-5 before dropping a 6-1 decision in the second frame. Matheson rallied to pull away from Steryous in the third set, 6-3. Matheson competed against Elon's Mario Paccini on Sunday who took the No. 11 player in the nation, Ryan Shane of Virginia, to three sets, on Saturday. Matheson surrendered just one game in two sets against Paccini, claiming No. 1 singles by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
Matheson and the Flames return to action on Saturday when they take on North Carolina Central and Norfolk State in a doubleheader at the Sports Racket. Liberty's contest against the Eagles will begin at noon followed by the Spartans at 6 p.m.
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