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Liberty to Play Unique Doubleheader on Saturday with Road & Home Matches

March 6, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will play a road and home match, Saturday.

Liberty will play a road and home match, Saturday.

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The Liberty men's tennis squad will play a pair of matches on Saturday.

The Flames will first compete in a road match at No. 38 Virginia. First serve between the Flames (7-3) and Cavaliers (8-4) is set for 11 a.m. at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. Liberty will then return to Lynchburg to face the Bellarmine Knights (4-3) at 5 p.m. at the Cook Tennis Center.

Liberty is currently on a three-match winning streak, including victories over William & Mary (4-3 final), Penn State (5-2 final) and Elon (7-0 final). The Flames swept the Elon Phoenix 7-0 in their most recent match, last Friday.

Virginia is 2-1 in the early going in ACC play and got past Notre Dame 4-3, last Sunday at home. Bellarmine, who will join the ASUN Conference starting in the 2020-21 school year, is looking to snap a three-match losing skid.

Liberty is 0-8 all-time against Virginia. The two teams last met on Feb. 11, 2018, a 6-1 triumph for the Cavaliers at Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. The Flames and Bellarmine Knights will be meeting for the first time.       

Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is 7-3 to start the season for the first time since 2012 when the Flames also opened the year by winning seven of their first 10 matches.
  • Liberty continues to lead the league with three ASUN Player of the Week awards through the first eight weeks of the spring campaign. Sophomore Josh Wilson (Feb. 12 and 26) has two of those honors, and freshman Goncalo Ferreira (Jan. 29) has the other.
  • This is already Liberty's sixth home match of the season. The Flames played six total home matches in 2019, posting a perfect 6-0 record.
  • The Flames are 4-1 on their home courts this season and 3-2 in road contests. Saturday will mark Liberty's first home outdoor match of the spring. The Flames' only other outdoor match in 2020 was their spring opener at Miami, Jan. 19. 
  • The Flames are a combined 38-22 (.633) in singles and 14-12 (.538) in doubles, this spring. Freshman Rafael Marques Da Silva leads the squad with a 9-1 singles mark (8-1 No. 5, 1-0 No. 2). Sophomore Steve Mundt and senior Chase Burton have the best doubles mark, 4-1, of Liberty doubles units in 2020.