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Liberty to Face Drexel, Penn and Princeton This Weekend

January 24, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames men's tennis squad will play three matches in the Philadelphia area on Friday and Sunday. Liberty will take on Drexel, Penn and Princeton in a span of three days over the weekend.

First up for the Flames (0-1) will be a matchup against the Drexel Dragons, Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Penn's Hecht Tennis Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Liberty will then be opposed by the Penn Quakers on their home courts at 4:30 p.m., Friday afternoon. The Flames will close out their weekend against the Princeton Tigers, Sunday at 10 a.m. at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J.

All three teams the Flames will face are first-time opponents. Penn and Princeton boast successful track records, with the Quakers finishing 53rd in the nation in the final Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Rankings in 2018 and the Tigers finishing 60th in the country.

How to Follow the Flames
There will be no live scoring for any of the three matches this weekend. However, Sunday's Liberty-Princeton match will be featured on ESPN+. Visit the schedule page of to access the link.

Flames News and Notes

  • The Flames' Nicaise Muamba was named the ASUN Player of the Week, Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. The sophomore enjoyed a successful day in Liberty's spring opener at Miami last Friday, winning in doubles and singles. The Laval, Quebec, Canada, native defeated 21st-ranked Adria Soriano Barrera of the Hurricanes 6-4, 6-3 for the first ranked victory of his career.
  • Liberty has been picked to finish third in its first season in the ASUN. The Flames garnered one first-place vote and 47 points in the 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll, released on Jan. 11.  
  • Senior Eddie Gutierrez and freshman Josh Wilson remain the No. 53 doubles team in the nation. The duo posted a 6-3 mark in the fall and won their flight at the Longhorn Invitational on Nov. 10. They did not play doubles together in last Friday's season opener at Miami.
  • The Flames dropped their season opener 6-1 at Miami, last Friday. In 2018, Liberty held a 7-4 record following a loss.
  • Princeton boasts two doubles teams in the national rankings (No. 39 Ryan Seggerman/Damian Rodriguez, No. 40 Justin Barki/Bill Duo), while Penn boasts one (No. 56 Edoardo Graziani/Kevin Zhu). In singles, the Quakers feature No. 52 Kyle Mautner. The Tigers have two ranked singles players in the top-125 (No. 82 Karl Poling, No. 91 Damian Rodriguez). The next doubles and singles national rankings will be released on Feb. 6.