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Liberty Men's Tennis 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional Preview

October 16, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty is set to compete at the 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional, starting Thursday.

Liberty is set to compete at the 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional, starting Thursday.

All nine Liberty men's tennis players are set to compete at the 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional, hosted by Virginia, starting Thursday.

Seven of the Flames' nine-man roster will get their tournaments started on Thursday in the singles round of 256 and 128, while junior Nicaise Muamba and Josh Wilson will begin on Friday in the singles round of 64. Muamba and Wilson are both seeded and have received byes to the round of 64.

Muamba, the No. 65-ranked player in the nation, is the top seed in the singles main draw. Wilson is the No. 6 seed.

Last year, the ITA Atlantic Regional was held at Virginia Tech, and the year prior, the Flames men's tennis program hosted it at the Cook Tennis Center. Virginia last hosted the regional in fall 2014.

Event/Days/Location: ITA Atlantic Regional | Thursday-Monday | Snyder Courts (13 courts), Dell Courts (4 courts), Boar's Head Sports Club (4 courts) | Charlottesville, Va.

Participating Teams: Liberty, Delaware, Duquesne, George Mason, Georgetown, Hampton, Howard, James Madison, Longwood, Morgan State, Mount Saint Mary's, Navy, Old Dominion, Penn State, Radford, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary

Liberty Flames Players Participating: Nicaise Muamba, Josh Wilson, Chase Burton, Goncalo Ferreira, Ian Sturgill, Steve Mundt, Deji Thomas-Smith, Joseph Emerson, William Barker

General Information
Draws

Schedule/Draws/Results:
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. start: Singles Round of 256, Singles Round of 128
Friday, 9 a.m. start: Singles Round of 64 and singles consolation for first match losers, Doubles Rounds of 64 and 32
Saturday, 9 a.m. start: Singles Rounds of 32 and 16, Doubles Round of 16
Sunday, 9 a.m. start: Singles Quarterfinals: Doubles Quarterfinals and Semifinals
Monday, 9 a.m. start Singles Semifinals and Finals, Doubles Finals

Results will be available on LibertyFlames.com/menstennis at the conclusion of each day.

Tournament Breakdown:
The singles main draw finalists will both receive a berth into the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Newport Beach, Calif., Nov. 6-10. The doubles main draw champion will receive a berth into the ITA National Fall Championships.

Sturgill and Mundt currently lead the squad with seven singles triumphs apiece, while Burton, Wilson, Thomas-Smith and Barker have five apiece. The Flames' four doubles teams for the tournament will be: Muamba and Thomas-Smith, Wilson and Ferreira, Mundt and Burton and Sturgill and Emerson.

In 2018, Muamba and Eddie Gutierrez both reached the round of 16 in the singles main draw. In doubles, Muamba and Wilson advanced to the quarterfinal round before bowing out.