Muamba is the second player in program history to qualify for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
No. 119 Nicaise Muamba of the Flames tennis team fell to No. 6 Brandon Holt of USC in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship by a 6-1, 6-1 score, Monday morning at the USTA National Campus.
The setback ends Muamba's season as the sophomore from Laval, Quebec, Canada was the ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Year this spring and became the second Liberty player to earn entry into the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
With the win, Holt, the sixth-ranked player in the country, improves to 20-5 on the year and has won his last 11 singles bouts. He will move onto the second round, where he will face No. 38 Emil Reinberg (Georgia), a straight-sets (6-2, 7-5) winner over No. 63 Alexandre Rotsaert (Stanford) on Monday.
Muamba and Holt battled on Court 6 of the USTA National Campus. The two players traded games to open the match on a warm morning in Orlando, but the USC junior won the next five games to take the first set 6-1.
The two competitors each won a game to start the second set as well. However, Holt pulled away in the exact same fashion by capturing the last five games to claim the match 6-1, 6-1.
Muamba, the ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Year, was the second player in program history to individually qualify for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship (other: Sam Matheson in 2016). He was also the sixth different player ever to represent the ASUN Conference in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship and first since UNF's Jack Findel-Hawkins represented the ASUN in 2017.
Muamba finished the spring season with a 16-7 overall record and posted a 26-13 overall record in his first season with Liberty in 2018-19. His 26 victories are the third most in a season in program history.
A four-time ASUN Player of the Week, Muamba has been nationally ranked in singles six times this spring, reaching as high as No. 99 in the nation in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Tennis Rankings on Feb. 20.