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Matheson Stands at No. 114 in ITA National Rankings

April 27, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Matheson is the 114th-ranked player in the nation in singles.

Matheson is the 114th-ranked player in the nation in singles.

2017-18 Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Collegiate Tennis Rankings

Liberty senior men's tennis player Sam Matheson is currently ranked No. 114 in the nation in singles in the most recent 2017-18 Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Collegiate Tennis Rankings.

The New Zealand native has now been listed among the top 125 players in the country five times this season and 12 total times during his Liberty career.

Matheson won 13 matches in the No. 1 singles slot for Liberty in 2018. On Feb. 10, he defeated defending national champion Virginia's Carl Soderlund, who is currently the 26th-ranked player in the nation, in a road match in Charlottesville, Va.

Exactly a month later (March 10), Matheson defeated No. 55 Henry Patten of UNC Asheville in three sets (7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (5)).

Matheson holds the program record for most singles wins in a season (28 wins, 2016) and ranks No. 7 in career wins with 63 despite only competing for the Flames for three seasons.

Matheson was the 2016 Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Year and first broke into the national rankings at No. 106 on March 22, 2016. He became the program's first-ever conference player of the year and was also the first player in Liberty men's tennis history to qualify for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.

Matheson was also a three-time Big South Conference First Team All-Conference Singles honoree, Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) all-state first team singles selection, Big South Conference First Team All-Conference Doubles (2016) recipient and VaSID all-state second team doubles honoree.