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Matheson, Burton and Schwandt Garner Big South Recognition

April 16, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Matheson, Burton and Schwandt Garner Big South Recognition

Liberty senior Sam Matheson and sophomore Chase Burton were named Big South all-conference players, as announced by the conference on Monday morning at the start of the 2018 Big South Men's Tennis Championship. Flames head coach Derek Schwandt has been named the Big South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.

Matheson has been named to the Big South Conference First Team All-Conference Singles list. Burton garnered inclusion on the Big South Conference Second Team All-Conference Singles list. Burton was also named to the Big South All-Academic team. He currently has a 3.90 GPA and is majoring in business administration – entrepreneurship.

Matheson, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand, makes his second appearance on the all-conference first team listing after he was named Big South Player of the Year and first team all-conference in 2016. The senior is 13-8 in spring singles matches in the No. 1 slot in the Liberty lineup. Matheson defeated the Big South Player of the Year, No. 55 Henry Patten of UNC Asheville, in three sets (7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (2)) on March 10. 

Burton has now made an all-conference singles team in each of his first two years as a Flame. As a freshman, he was named to the Big South Conference First Team All-Conference singles list. This spring, Burton is 14-9 overall in singles and went 6-1 in Big South singles matches. He enters the 2018 Big South Men's Tennis Championship on a six-match winning streak. The native of Naples, Fla., is tied for the most overall singles wins on the team (22) during the 2017-18 campaign.

Schwandt is the second-ever Big South Coach of the Year in program history and second in the last four years for the Flames (Chris Johnson, 2015). In just his first year at the helm, he has guided Liberty to a five-win improvement (seven wins in 2017, 12 wins so far in 2018). Schwandt also led the Flames to a 4-0 start in Big South play for the first time in program history.

UNC Asheville's Patten was named the Big South Player of the Year for a second straight year. Gardner-Webb's Millen Hurrion was voted Big South Freshman of the Year. Campbell's Dustin Werner was tabbed the Big South Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

No. 4 seed Liberty (12-11, 4-3 BSC regular season) will take on No. 5 seed Longwood (12-8, 3-4 BSC) regular season today (Monday) at 11 a.m. at Winthrop's Memorial Courts in Rock Hill, S.C. in a Big South Men's Tennis Championship quarterfinal matchup.

2018 Big South Conference Men's Tennis All-Conference and Award Winners
First Team All-Conference Singles
Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville
Amadeo Blasco, Soph., Longwood
Maximilian Scholl, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Diego Quiroz, Jr., Winthrop
Sam Matheson, Sr., Liberty
Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell
Millen Hurrion, Fr., Gardner-Webb
Alexander Lykou, Sr., Presbyterian College

First Team All-Conference Doubles
Henry Patten/Olly Cull, UNC Asheville
Maximilian Scholl/Millen Hurrion, Gardner-Webb
Diego Quiroz/Tremayne Mitchell, Winthrop
Dustin Werner /Lorenz Schwab, Campbell

Second Team All-Conference Singles
Rodrigo Magalhaes, Soph., Radford
Tremayne Mitchell, Gr., Winthrop
Valentin Popescu, Fr., Longwood
Lorenz Schwab, Sr., Campbell
Alejandro Bejar, Sr., Presbyterian College
Chase Burton, Soph., Liberty
Julian Farthing, Jr., Longwood
Daniel Stenger, Fr., Presbyterian College

Second Team All-Conference Doubles
Amadeo Blasco/Raisei Sakai, Longwood
Gabriel Dias/Josh Ryan, Winthrop
Rodrigo Magalhaes/Alexandros Caldwell, Radford
Gerard Sola/Jonathan O'Neal, Campbell

All-Academic Team
Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell
Maximilian Scholl, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Chase Burton, Soph., Liberty
Julian Farthing, Jr., Longwood
Alejandro Bejar, Sr., Presbyterian College
Alexandros Caldwell, Jr., Radford
Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville
Diego Quiroz, Jr., Winthrop

Player of the Year
Henry Patten, Jr., UNC Asheville

Freshman of the Year
Millen Hurrion, Gardner-Webb

Coach of the Year
Derek Schwandt, Liberty

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Dustin Werner, Jr., Campbell