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Flames Earn First Win, Top Dragons 4-3 on Friday Morning

January 25, 2019  Philadelphia, Pa.   RSS
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Sturgill won a three-set match in helping the Flames to victory, Friday.

Sturgill won a three-set match in helping the Flames to victory, Friday.

he Liberty Flames men's tennis team earned its first win of 2019 in comeback fashion, defeated the Drexel Dragons 4-3 on Friday morning in non-conference action at the Hecht Tennis Center.

With Liberty trailing Drexel 3-2 in the match, Ian Sturgill and Nicaise Muamba won their respective three-set singles matches to give the Flames a 4-3 victory over the Dragons in the neutral-site showdown.

Liberty is now 1-1 on the year. Drexel falls to 0-4 with the narrow loss.

Liberty 4, Drexel 3

Singles Competition
1. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Alvaro Cruz Chamorro (DREXEL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Sinan Orhon (DREXEL) def. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. Sanil Jagtiani (DREXEL) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Youssef Lahlou (DREXEL) def. William Barker (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Xandy Hammitt (DREXEL) 7-5, 6-1
6. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Juan Manuel Sanchez (DREXEL) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Nicaise Muamba/Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Sinan Orhon/Djordje Janackovic (DREXEL) 6-3
2. Xandy Hammitt/Sanil Jagtiani (DREXEL) def. Josh Wilson/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Alvaro Cruz Chamorro/Juan Manuel Sanchez (DREXEL) def. Eddie Gutierrez/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) 6-3

Liberty 1-1
Drexel 0-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (6, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1)

Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt 
"We always have to be ready for a fight. Credit to Ian and Nicaise for pulling through for the team."

How It Happened

  • With the match knotted at 3-3, Muamba, the reigning ASUN Player of the Week, bested his opponent, Alvaro Cruz Chamorro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court one. Muamba is 2-0 in spring No. 1 singles matches and leads the Flames with 12 victories on the season.
  • Prior to Muamba closing out the match, Sturgill traded sets with the Dragons' Sanil Jagtiani before emerging victorious (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) in the No. 3 singles bout. It was the Flames freshman's first triumph of the spring campaign, which settled the final margin at 4-3 in favor of Liberty.
  • The Dragons took the doubles point from the Flames with victories on courts three and two. Their duo of Cruz Chamaorro and Juan Manuel Sanchez got past Eddie Gutierrez and Sturgill by a 6-3 score. Liberty's top pairing of Muamba and junior Chase Burton won for a second straight time this spring and extend their overall winning streak to four matches with a 6-3 decision over Sinan Orhon and Djorde Janackovic.
  • For a second straight match, the doubles point came down to court two. Liberty freshmen Josh Wilson and Steve Mundt lost in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3) to Xandy Hammitt and Jagtiani. 
  • Singles play started favorably for the Flames, with Burton and Wilson picking up wins on courts six and five, in that order. Both players won by identical 7-5, 6-1 scores, with Burton defeating Sanchez and Wilson topping Hammitt. Wilson's victory marked the first dual match victory of the freshman's career and made it 2-1 Flames.
  • Drexel's Yousef Lahlou and Orhon provided the Dragons a 3-2 edge with their wins. Lahlou defeated Liberty freshman William Barker 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 match, and Orhon topped Gutierrez in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) as well on court two.
  • Friday's matchup was the first-ever men's tennis contest between the Flames and Dragons.


Next Up

  • Liberty will look for back-to-back wins when it faces Penn, later on Friday. Match time between the Flames and Quakers is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Hecht Tennis Center in what will be the inaugural meeting between the programs.