For the third time this season, Liberty men's tennis junior Sam Matheson has been named the Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Week. Matheson also garnered Big South recognition on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. The New Zealand native captured the award as announced by the Big South Conference for matches played from Feb. 29-March 6.
Matheson continues his hot start for Liberty, posting a 4-0 record in conference play this last week as the Flames finished 1-1 against Big South opponents. On Wednesday, Liberty bested Longwood by a score of 7-0, with Matheson notching a victory in both singles and doubles play. Matheson and Egon Samaai defeated Longwood's Alfonso Castellano and Julian Farthing by a score of 7-6(6) from the No. 1 doubles spot. With the match already clinched, Matheson extended the Liberty lead to five after easing ahead of Florian Uffer, 6-3, 6-4. Matheson did all he could in Saturday's 4-3 loss to UNC Asheville. The New Zealand native paired up with Samaai to defeat Alex Croker and Brett Landau, 6-4. Matheson and Samaai's victory sparked Liberty to win the doubles point and jump out ahead of the Bulldogs. After the match had gone back-and-forth with Asheville tying it at two apiece, Matheson provided Liberty with a 3-2 lead, in what would be the Flames' last singles victory of the contest. Matheson defeated Croker in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, but the Bulldogs claimed the final two singles matches to down the Flames at home.
Matheson and the Flames return to action this afternoon in a non-conference bout with No. 57 UC Irvine at 5 p.m. ET, in Palm Springs, Calif.
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