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Flames Sweep Highlanders 7-0 to Close Regular Season

April 13, 2019  Newark, N.J.   RSS
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Sturgill won in doubles and singles, Saturday at NJIT.

Sturgill won in doubles and singles, Saturday at NJIT.

The visiting Liberty Flames swept the NJIT Highlanders 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility.

The Flames close out the regular season with a 6-1 mark in the ASUN and 12-10 overall mark following the win. Liberty, which earned its third 7-0 victory of 2019, has won eight out of its last 10 overall. The Flames have clinched the No. 2 seed for the upcoming ASUN Men's Tennis Championship, to be held at Stetson next Thursday through Saturday.

NJIT drops to 4-15 and 0-7 in the ASUN and fails to qualify for the ASUN Championship.

Liberty 7, NJIT 0

Singles Competition
1. #121 Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Lukas Zvikas (NJIT) 6-1, 6-4
2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Abdullah Fouad (NJIT) 6-4, 6-3
3. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Zac Castagna (NJIT) 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. George Svensson (NJIT) 6-2, 6-1
5. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) def. Juan Bejarano (NJIT) 6-1, 6-1
6. Vince Salas (LIBERTYM) def. Pablo Arrutia (NJIT) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles Competition
1. Abdullah Fouad/Lukas Zvikas (NJIT) def. Nicaise Muamba/Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-4
2. Josh Wilson/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. Pablo Arrutia/Zac Castagna (NJIT) 7-5
3. Vince Salas/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) def. George Svensson/Juan Bejarano (NJIT) 6-2

Liberty 12-10, 6-1 ASUN
NJIT 4-15, 0-7 ASUN
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,5,3,6)

Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt
"Our guys support each other well today and played hard."

How It Happened

  • The Flames won two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point, starting with the No. 3 duo of Vince Salas and Steve Mundt. The pairing defeated the Highlanders' George Svensson and Juan Bejarano 6-2 in the match for its 10th spring win and fourth ASUN doubles triumph.
  • Liberty's Nicaise Muamba and Chase Burton fell 6-4 to Abdullah Fouad and Lukas Zvikas at No. 1 doubles. Josh Wilson and Ian Sturgill of the Flames won the deciding match, topping Pablo Arrutia and Zac Castagna by a 7-5 score on court two. That Liberty pairing went a team-best 4-1 in ASUN regular-season doubles bouts.
  • Liberty's first four singles victories of the match all came in straight sets. Sturgill needed only two sets and 15 total games to get by Sveenson in the No. 4 match.
  • No. 121 Muamba got past Zvikas in straight sets as well (6-1, 6-4) to give the Flames a comfortable 3-0 cushion. Muamba finished with a 6-1 ASUN singles record
  • The match-clinching point came from Wilson on court two, a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Fouad. Wilson wraps up his first regular season as a Flame with a 6-1 ASUN singles mark and 16-6 spring singles record.
  • With his team leading by a 4-0 score, Liberty senior Eddie Gutierrez made quick work of Bejarano in the No. 5 slot with a 6-1, 6-1 win. The Flames' Burton extended the lead to 6-0 with a three-set win on court three against Castagna (6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6)).
  • Salas also picked up a three-set triumph against his counterpart, Arrutia, on court six (3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)), completing the sweep. The Flames swept two ASUN foes (North Alabama and NJIT) by 7-0 scores in the regular season.
  • Liberty is now 3-0 all-time against NJIT after its first win over the Highlanders in over seven years.


Next Up

  • Liberty will be the No. 2 seed for the 2019 ASUN Men's Tennis Championship, held next Thursday-Saturday at Stetson's Mandy Stoll Tennis Center in DeLand, Fla. The Flames will receive a bye into Friday's semifinal round. Liberty's potential semifinal opponents will be announced in a seeding release, later this evening.