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BSC Co-Leader Liberty to Host Radford on Saturday Afternoon

March 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames take on the Highlanders on Saturday afternoon in Big South action.

The Flames take on the Highlanders on Saturday afternoon in Big South action.

Big South co-leader Liberty (11-8, 3-0 BSC) will face the Radford Highlanders (7-4, 0-1 BSC) on Saturday afternoon.

Due to expected inclement weather, Saturday's men's tennis match will be contested at Crosswhite Athletic Club (118 Davis Cup Rd., Lynchburg), beginning at 2 p.m.

The Flames enter the bout with a 3-0 Big South mark to share the best record in the conference with Campbell (3-0) and Winthrop (3-0). Liberty has conference victories over Longwood, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville in the first half of its Big South slate.

Meanwhile, the Highlanders have only competed in one league match, a 4-3 setback to UNC Asheville, last Sunday.

How to Follow the Flames  
Live scoring, courtesy of Liberty Athletics Communications, will be available for the match. Find the link for live scoring on the Liberty men's tennis schedule page on

In addition, follow @LibertyMTennis on Twitter and "libertyumenstennis" on Instagram for match updates and live look-ins throughout Saturday's contest. 

Series History
The Highlanders have taken 30 of the 38 all-time meetings with the Flames, including last year's 4-3 victory in Radford, Va. (April 9, 2017). The Flames last defeated the Highlanders, 6-1, on March 31, 2016.

Flames News and Notes

  • After starting the year 5-6, Liberty has won six of its last eight matches since Feb. 28. The Flames have taken down Longwood, George Mason, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, Point Loma Nazarene and San Diego State during that stretch.
  • The Flames' Eddie Gutierrez and Diego Castano both have 20 or more singles victories this year. Gutierrez has 21 victories this season and is 7-2 in three-set matches, this spring. Castano is now 20-13 on the year and a Big South-best 12-3 in the No. 6 slot.
  • Castano, a senior from Statesville, N.C., is on a six-match winning streak. He won a dramatic three-set match at San Diego State on Wednesday.
  • Senior Sam Matheson and sophomore Chase Burton have also been solid contributors in their roles. Matheson is 11-6 in the No. 1 spot in the Flames' lineup, while Burton's best position has been the No. 3 slot, where is 9-5.
  • Liberty's top two doubles units have been Gutierrez/Vince Salas (8-4 No. 2 doubles) and Castano/Alex Poynter (8-6 No. 1 doubles). Castano and Poynter are 15-9 overall as a pairing during the 2017-18 campaign.


Scouting Radford
The Highlanders, who are coached by Rolando Vargas, are led by Alexandros Caldwell, who is 10-1 in the spring and 5-0 in the No. 1 singles slot. Michiel Meekers (9-2 spring, 8-2 No. 4) and Matko Varga (8-3 spring, 6-1 No. 3) also provide a solid presence in the middle of the Radford singles lineup. In doubles, Caldwell and Rodrigo Magahaes are an unblemished 6-0 in the No. 2 slot so far this spring.