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Flames Men's Tennis Prepared for ITA Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech

October 17, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames will compete at the five-day ITA Atlantic Regional, held at Virginia Tech.

The Flames will compete at the five-day ITA Atlantic Regional, held at Virginia Tech.

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The Liberty men's tennis team will return to action at the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) DI Men's Tennis Atlantic Regional Championship, starting on Thursday.

The five day-event will be hosted by the Virginia Tech men's tennis program for the third time in the last four years. It will be contested at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va.

"It's a great opportunity for our team to compete in Regionals," said head coach Derek Schwandt. "It will be important for our guys to trust the work that we've put in, stay composed and manage our emotions."

The tournament will start tomorrow at noon with singles qualifying. All eight players on Liberty's roster will compete at the event. Flames freshman William Barker is the lone Liberty player who will be competing in qualifying tomorrow, while the rest of his teammates will get started on Friday.

Event/Days/Location: ITA Atlantic Regional | Thursday-Monday | Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center

Participating Liberty Players: William Barker (singles qualifying and doubles), Chase Burton (singles and doubles), Eddie Gutierrez (singles and doubles), Farid Juri (singles and doubles), Nicaise Muamba (singles and doubles), Vince Salas (singles and doubles), Ian Sturgill (singles and doubles) and Josh Wilson (singles and doubles)

Tournament Schedule
Thursday (12 p.m. start): First round of qualifying singles (12 p.m.), second round of qualifying singles (3 p.m.)
Friday (TBA start): Singles round of 128, first three rounds of doubles
Saturday (TBA start) Singles round of 64 and 32, doubles quarterfinals
Sunday (TBA start): Doubles round of 16, singles quarterfinals, doubles semifinals
Monday (TBA start): Singles semifinals, singles final, doubles final

Results from each day of the tournament can be found at HokieSports.com. Tournament draws will be posted as soon as they are made available. In addition, each day of the regional will feature a live results page that will be updated periodically throughout the day as matches conclude.

Liberty Player Breakdown
Freshman William Barker
Record This Season: 3-1 singles | 1-2 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Qualifying Draw
Doubles Partner: Chase Burton
Notable: In his first action of the season at the Liberty University Invitational (Sept. 28-30), Barker won three matches in the backdraw of the singles White flight.

Junior Chase Burton
Record This Season: 5-2 singles | 2-3 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: William Barker
Notable: Burton is off to a solid start to his junior campaign with five wins against two just losses in singles play. He has 46 career singles triumphs to date.

Senior Eddie Gutierrez
Record This Season: 4-3 singles | 3-3 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Ian Sturgill
Notable: Gutierrez is Liberty's active leader with 58 career singles victories.

Freshman Farid Juri
Record This Season: 3-3 singles | 4-1 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Vince Salas
Notable: Juri teamed up with Vince Salas for a doubles title at the Liberty University Invitational.

Sophomore Nicaise Muamba
Record This Season: 6-3 singles | 1-2 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Josh Wilson
Notable: Muamba has played against some top-flight competition already this fall. The sophomore played in two different International Tennis Federation (ITF) events (ITF Canada F6 Futures, ITF Canada F7 Futures) back in September.

Junior Vince Salas
Record This Season: 4-0 singles | 3-0 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Farid Juri
Notable: Salas claimed a doubles and singles title at the Liberty University Invitational back in late September.

Freshman Ian Sturgill
Record This Season: 5-1 singles | 1-4 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Eddie Gutierrez
Notable: Sturgill has performed well in singles in both tournaments he has competed in. On the Flames' home courts at the Liberty University Invitational, Sturgill won three of his four singles bouts.

Freshman Josh Wilson 
Record This Season: 3-4 singles | 3-3 doubles
Draws: Doubles Main Draw, Singles Main Draw
Doubles Partner: Nicaise Muamba
Notable: Wilson picked up three singles triumphs in four matches at the Liberty University Invitational.