As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2016, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series starts today by looking at Moment No. 10, which includes an historic year for Liberty's men's tennis program and junior Sam Matheson.
Matheson became the first player in program history to earn Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Year honors and became the program's first-ever representative at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. He finished the year ranked No. 99 in the final ITA National rankings, spring boarding his professional career.
The 2016 calendar year was another banner year in Liberty Athletics. Liberty captured Big South titles in eight sports (football, men's golf, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field and women's soccer).
The Flames also captured the 2015-16 Big South Sasser Cup title, the 12th in program history, establishing a new standard for most Sasser Cup titles in league history. Liberty also won the Men's All-Sport and Women's All-Sport trophies, marking the third sweep in Liberty Athletics history of the Big South's major awards.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to count down the top moments of 2016 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 9 on Tuesday.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2016: No. 10 – Sam Matheson winning Big South Player of the Year honors/advancing to the NCAAs No. 9 – Revealed on Dec. 20 No. 8 – Revealed on Dec. 21 No. 7 – Revealed on Dec. 22 No. 6 – Revealed on Dec. 23 No. 5 – Revealed on Dec. 26 No. 4 – Revealed on Dec. 27 No. 3 – Revealed on Dec. 28 No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 29 No. 1 – Revealed on Dec. 30
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