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Flames, Tribe to Collide in Saturday Afternoon Men's Tennis Tilt

March 2, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior Diego Castano and the Flames (7-6) will play at William & Mary on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Senior Diego Castano and the Flames (7-6) will play at William & Mary on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Liberty Flames men's tennis (7-6) is set to take on William & Mary (6-3) in a road contest on Saturday afternoon.

First serve between the Flames and Tribe is pegged for 3 p.m. at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.

Liberty enters Saturday's contest winners of four of its last five matches, including a 4-3 home victory over George Mason on Friday afternoon in Lynchburg. William & Mary is looking to bounce back from a Feb. 24 setback to Yale. The Tribe, who reached No. 45 in the national rankings (Feb. 20) less than two weeks ago, own an impressive win over No. 25 South Carolina.

How to Follow the Flames  
Live scoring and live video will be available for the match, courtesy of William & Mary Media Relations. Find the link for live stats and live video on the men's tennis schedule page on

Series History
Liberty and William & Mary will be meeting for the seventh time ever. The Flames have yet to defeat the Tribe. The two schools last met on April 8, 2015 in Williamsburg, Va., a match won by the Tribe by the count of 4-0.

Flames News and Notes

  • Three Flames are currently in the top 10 in career singles victories in program history: Diego Castano (T-5th, 63), Sam Matheson (8th, 57) and Eddie Gutierrez (10th, 49).
  • Gutierrez has been Liberty's most consistent player throughout the year with an 18-10 overall record and 8-4 spring singles record.
  • With its victory over George Mason on Friday, Liberty men's tennis equaled its win total (7) from a year ago. The 2018 Flames are 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the Big South so far under first-year head coach Derek Schwandt.
  • Against the Patriots, the Flames lost the doubles point for just the fourth time in 12 matches.
  • Liberty assistant coach Beck Pennington (Kentucky, 2013-17) and his doubles partner Enzo Wallart competed in the 2017 NCAA Men's Doubles Championship after defeating five nationally ranked opponents throughout the year. The Flames are 17-13 in doubles this spring, led by Gutierrez and Vince Salas (8-1, No. 2 doubles).


Scouting William & Mary
The Tribe have played well in singles with a 29-22 mark in spring competition. At the top of the lineup, Alec Miller has provided stability with a 7-1 mark (5-1 No. 2, 2-0 No. 1). Louis Newman is 6-2 in the No. 3 (2-0) and No. 4 (4-2) positions in third-year head coach Jeff Kader's lineup. William & Mary has struggled to find the right combinations in doubles play, as the Tribe holds a disappointing 6-18 mark despite having a 6-3 overall record.