Liberty senior Sam Matheson and sophomore Chase Burton were named Big South all-conference players, as announced by the conference on Monday morning at the start of the 2018 Big South Men's Tennis Championship. Flames head coach Derek Schwandt has been named the Big South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Matheson has been named to the Big South Conference First Team All-Conference Singles list. Burton garnered inclusion on the Big South Conference Second Team All-Conference Singles list. Burton was also named to the Big South All-Academic team. He currently has a 3.90 GPA and is majoring in business administration – entrepreneurship.
Matheson, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand, makes his second appearance on the all-conference first team listing after he was named Big South Player of the Year and first team all-conference in 2016. The senior is 13-8 in spring singles matches in the No. 1 slot in the Liberty lineup. Matheson defeated the Big South Player of the Year, No. 55 Henry Patten of UNC Asheville, in three sets (7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (2)) on March 10.
Burton has now made an all-conference singles team in each of his first two years as a Flame. As a freshman, he was named to the Big South Conference First Team All-Conference singles list. This spring, Burton is 14-9 overall in singles and went 6-1 in Big South singles matches. He enters the 2018 Big South Men's Tennis Championship on a six-match winning streak. The native of Naples, Fla., is tied for the most overall singles wins on the team (22) during the 2017-18 campaign.
Schwandt is the second-ever Big South Coach of the Year in program history and second in the last four years for the Flames (Chris Johnson, 2015). In just his first year at the helm, he has guided Liberty to a five-win improvement (seven wins in 2017, 12 wins so far in 2018). Schwandt also led the Flames to a 4-0 start in Big South play for the first time in program history.
UNC Asheville's Patten was named the Big South Player of the Year for a second straight year. Gardner-Webb's Millen Hurrion was voted Big South Freshman of the Year. Campbell's Dustin Werner was tabbed the Big South Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
No. 4 seed Liberty (12-11, 4-3 BSC regular season) will take on No. 5 seed Longwood (12-8, 3-4 BSC) regular season today (Monday) at 11 a.m. at Winthrop's Memorial Courts in Rock Hill, S.C. in a Big South Men's Tennis Championship quarterfinal matchup.
2018 Big South Conference Men's Tennis All-Conference and Award Winners First Team All-Conference Singles Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville Amadeo Blasco, Soph., Longwood Maximilian Scholl, Jr., Gardner-Webb Diego Quiroz, Jr., Winthrop Sam Matheson, Sr., Liberty Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell Millen Hurrion, Fr., Gardner-Webb Alexander Lykou, Sr., Presbyterian College
First Team All-Conference Doubles Henry Patten/Olly Cull, UNC Asheville Maximilian Scholl/Millen Hurrion, Gardner-Webb Diego Quiroz/Tremayne Mitchell, Winthrop Dustin Werner /Lorenz Schwab, Campbell
Second Team All-Conference Singles Rodrigo Magalhaes, Soph., Radford Tremayne Mitchell, Gr., Winthrop Valentin Popescu, Fr., Longwood Lorenz Schwab, Sr., Campbell Alejandro Bejar, Sr., Presbyterian College Chase Burton, Soph., Liberty Julian Farthing, Jr., Longwood Daniel Stenger, Fr., Presbyterian College
Second Team All-Conference Doubles Amadeo Blasco/Raisei Sakai, Longwood Gabriel Dias/Josh Ryan, Winthrop Rodrigo Magalhaes/Alexandros Caldwell, Radford Gerard Sola/Jonathan O'Neal, Campbell
All-Academic Team Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell Maximilian Scholl, Jr., Gardner-Webb Chase Burton, Soph., Liberty Julian Farthing, Jr., Longwood Alejandro Bejar, Sr., Presbyterian College Alexandros Caldwell, Jr., Radford Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville Diego Quiroz, Jr., Winthrop
Player of the Year Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville
Freshman of the Year Millen Hurrion, Gardner-Webb
Coach of the Year Derek Schwandt, Liberty
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell
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