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No. 2 seed Liberty will begin its journey for an ASUN title in the semifinal round of the 2019 ASUN Men's Tennis Championship, Friday evening.
The Flames wrapped up the regular season with a 12-10 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the ASUN to earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
The three-day championship will be contested at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center at Stetson in DeLand, Fla., Thursday through Saturday. The tournament commences with quarterfinal matches, Thursday. The Flames will meet either No. 3 seed North Florida (12-10, 5-2 ASUN) or No. 6 seed Lipscomb (7-13, 2-5 ASUN), who will square off on Thursday at 5 p.m. Liberty will face the winner at 5 p.m., Friday.
On the other half of the bracket, FGCU (12-8, 7-0 ASUN) is the top seed and will await the winner between No. 4 seed Kennesaw State (10-12, 4-3 ASUN) and No. 5 seed Stetson (11-11, 3-4 ASUN).
The championship match will be contested on Saturday at 1 p.m. and carried live on ESPN+
The winner of the championship will earn an automatic bid to the 2019 Division I Men's Tennis Championship
Below is the schedule for the championship:
2019 ASUN Men's Tennis Championship – Mandy Stoll Tennis Center – DeLand, Fla. Thursday, April 18 – Quarterfinals Match 1 – No. 4 seed Kennesaw State vs. No. 5 seed Stetson, 2:30 p.m. Match 2 – No. 3 seed North Florida vs. No. 6 seed Lipscomb, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 19 – Semifinals Match 3 – No. 1 seed Florida Gulf Coast vs. Match 1 winner, 2:30 p.m. Match 4 – No. 2 seed Liberty vs. Match 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 – Final Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 1 p.m. – ESPN+
History in ASUN Championship/Series History vs. North Florida/Lipscomb Liberty is making its first-ever appearance in the ASUN Championship. The Flames were picked to finish third in the league.
Liberty defeated North Florida (April 6) and Lipscomb (March 30) by identical 4-3 scores this season. Both those matches were tied at 3-3 and required a third set on the final court to decide a winner. In the Flames' win over Lipscomb, freshman Josh Wilson came back to beat the Bisons' Pablo Caffarena in three sets (6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-5).
On April 6 against UNF, senior Eddie Gutierrez delivered a come-from-behind three-set win over Jorge Nunez (5-7, 6-4, 6-4) on his Senior Day. Gutierrez's victory lifted Liberty to a 5-0 mark in the ASUN.
How to Follow the Flames Stetson Athletic Communications will provide live scoring throughout the tournament. Find the links on the schedule page of LibertyFlames.com/menstennis. Saturday's championship match will be featured live on ESPN+.
Also, follow @LUMensTennis on Twitter and Instagram (libertyumentennis) for periodic updates throughout the weekend. Find the links on the schedule page of LibertyFlames.com/menstennis.
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