The Liberty men's tennis squad (6-7) will host East Carolina (8-6) on Sunday at the Sports Racket at 1 p.m. The Flames were set to host Winthrop in a Big South Conference match tomorrow at 2 p.m., but the event has been rescheduled to Tuesday at 2 p.m.
2016 Season The Flames enter the week coming off their most recent 5-2 victory against UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif., on March 10. The victory snapped a two-match losing skid and brought the Flames to within one game of .500 on the season.
Sam Matheson continues to lead the Flames' efforts this season. The New Zealand native has thrice been named the Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Week (Feb. 10, Feb. 17 & March 9). Matheson is 8-3 in doubles action but stands alone in singles play with a perfect 11-0 overall mark. Co-captain Egon Samaai has also accounted for eight doubles wins, tying Matheson for the most doubles victories this season for the Flames. Freshman Eddie Gutierrez ranks second on the squad in singles victories with six.
Chasing History Senior Egon Samaai currently ranks fourth on Liberty's all-time singles wins list (68), having recently passed former teammates Jorge Azuero and Dillon Segur. Samaai needs seven more wins this spring to pass former standout Siim Tuus for the most singles wins in program history. Samaai collected his 72nd doubles victory on against the Highlanders, which ranks third most in program history for doubles wins. Samaai needs eight wins to pass former standout Giancarlo Lemmi for the second most doubles wins in program history.
Scouting the Opponent The Pirates enter the weekend coming off a 4-3 loss to UNC Greensboro yesterday in Greenville, N.C. ECU has dropped five of its last seven matches, after beginning the season 6-1. The Pirates have seen success in singles action, posting a 48-31 record in dual matches this spring. Ronny Georgi leads the way with a 10-3 record, with Will Bissett and Fredric Lehfeldt on his tracks with eight singles wins.
What's next? Following this weekend's match, Liberty will return to action on Thursday with a conference tilt against Presbyterian at 1 p.m. in Clinton, S.C.
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