The Flames' first ASUN men's tennis match will be on March 23, 2019, at Kennesaw State.
2019 Liberty Men's Tennis Schedule (ASUN Matches)
The Liberty men's tennis squad has announced its inaugural ASUN Conference schedule of matches on Monday, featuring seven matches in spring 2019.
"Our team is excited to compete in the ASUN. We anticipate an intense and highly competitive schedule," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt. "Our guys have been working hard this summer to improve their games and compete at the next level."
The Flames' seven-match docket features a trio of home bouts at the Cook Tennis Center to go along with four road matches. Liberty's inaugural ASUN match will be played on March 23 at Kennesaw State. The Flames and Owls squared off in the early portion of the spring 2018 schedule, a match won by Liberty, 4-3. Liberty will then pay a visit to North Alabama for the first time (March 25), followed by three home matches in late March and early April against Lipscomb (March 30), Stetson (April 4) and 2018 ASUN Men's Tennis Championship victor, North Florida (April 6). Schwandt and the Flames will wrap up their first conference slate with road matches at Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) on April 11 and NJIT on April 13.
North Florida and FGCU have been the two most successful ASUN programs in recent years. North Florida won ASUN Tournament titles in 2016 and 2018, while FGCU captured the championship in 2015 and 2017.
In 2018, ASUN Tournament champion North Florida squared off with Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, falling, 4-0. Current ASUN members hold a 0-7 combined record all time in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. Former ASUN member ETSU has two NCAA Tournament victories to its credit (vs. Notre Dame in 2008, vs. Alabama in 2010).
The 2019 ASUN Men's Tennis Championship will be contested at Stetson in DeLand, Fla., April 18-20. The top six tournament-eligible conference members participate, with the top two seeds earning a bye to the semifinal round. Quarterfinal matches will be played on April 18, followed by the semifinals on April 19 and final on April 20.
Liberty's 2019 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Flames' fall 2018 tournament schedule and spring 2019 non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2019 Liberty Men's Tennis ASUN Schedule March 23 – at Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Ga.) March 25 – at North Alabama (Florence, Ala.) March 30 – Home vs. Lipscomb April 4 – Home vs. Stetson April 6 – Home vs. North Florida April 11 – at Florida Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.) April 13 – at NJIT (Newark, N.J.) April 18 – ASUN Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinals (DeLand, Fla.) April 19 – ASUN Men's Tennis Championship Semifinals (DeLand, Fla.) April 20 – ASUN Men's Tennis Championship Final (DeLand, Fla.)
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