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Muamba Qualifies for NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship

May 1, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Muamba was selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships, starting May 20.

Muamba was selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, starting May 20.

Liberty Flames men's tennis sophomore Nicaise Muamba has been selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.

Muamba, currently the 119th-ranked singles player in the nation, is the second Flame in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship, joining Sam Matheson (2016).

"Nicaise's work ethic, discipline and leadership skills set the bar high for our team on a daily basis. I appreciate his dedication and love for tennis and the team," stated Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt.

The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommitee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, and Muamba was an automatic qualifier from the ASUN Conference.

The singles and doubles competition will be held May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-19.

"Nicaise is a great leader who shows consistency and professionalism every day in practice. His love for the game and his work ethic is contagious," said Flames assistant coach Beck Pennington.

The ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Year and an ASUN All-Conference first team honoree, Muamba finished with a 16-6 record in spring singles matches and a 26-12 overall singles record during his first season with the Flames. Muamba's 26 victories are the third most by a Flame in a single season in program history.

The Laval, Quebec, Canada native earned ASUN Player of the Week distinction a conference-best four times. Muamba posted a 15-6 mark at No. 1 singles, including a straight-sets victory over No. 21 Adria Soriano Barrera in Liberty's spring opener on Jan. 18.

Muamba has been national-ranked in singles six times spring, reaching as high as No. 99 in the nation in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Tennis Rankings on Feb. 20. He also was the first player in program history to garner a national ranking in singles and doubles at the same time, achieving the feat on March 5. Muamba and the Flames finished 6-1 in the ASUN in their first year in the league, earning the No. 2 seed for the ASUN Men's Tennis Championship.  

All matches at the Division I Men's Tennis Championships will be best-of-three sets. No ad-scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. There are 15 automatic qualifiers, 49 at-large selections and 10 alternates for the championship.

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) top 125. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 started singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.