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Tigers Defeat Flames 6-1, Sunday Morning

January 27, 2019  Princeton, N.J.   RSS
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Wilson capped off a 3-0 weekend in singles with a win, Sunday at Princeton.

Wilson capped off a 3-0 weekend in singles with a win, Sunday at Princeton.

Josh Wilson of the Flames men's tennis team recorded his third singles victory of the weekend, but it was not enough to lift Liberty to victory. The visiting Flames fell 6-1 to the host Princeton Tigers, Sunday morning at Jadwin Gymnasium.

Princeton moves to 1-0 following its season-opening triumph. Meanwhile, Liberty falls to 1-3 and has dropped two straight contests. The Flames posted a 1-2 mark in three matches in the Philadelphia area, this weekend. They defeated Drexel on Friday morning before falling to Penn later in the day, Friday.  

Wilson, a freshman from Reigate, United Kingdom, defeated a formidable foe in the Tigers' Will Peters at No. 3 singles, who entered the match with a 12-4 record on the year. Wilson led for most of the match and won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Princeton 6, Liberty 1

Singles Competition
1. #91 Rodriguez, Damian (PRIN) def. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 6-0
2. #82 Poling, Karl (PRIN) def. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Peters, Will (PRIN) 6-3, 6-4
4. Roberts, Davey (PRIN) def. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) 6-0, 6-2
5. Barki, Justin (PRIN) def. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Sarita, Kabir (PRIN) def. Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles Competition
1. Poling, Karl/Rodriguez, Damian (PRIN) def. Chase Burton/Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 6-1
2. #40 Barki, Justin/Duo, Bill (PRIN) def. Steve Mundt/Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) 7-6 (7-4)
3. William Barker/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. Holden, Payton/Sarita, Kabir (PRIN) 7-6 (7-5)

Liberty 1-3
Princeton 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,3,6,2) T-2:15

Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt 
"Josh competed great all weekend. Congrats to him on another strong win today. We fought hard in doubles today and came up a bit short. We are looking for our guys to own the principles we are building to take this team to the next level."

How It Happened

  • For the third time in the Flames' first four matches, the doubles point was settled in a tiebreaker on court two. Liberty's Wilson and fellow freshman Steve Mundt led 6-5 over No. 40 Justin Barki and Bill Duo before the Princeton duo forced a tiebreaker. The Tigers' ranked pairing won the tiebreaker 7-4 and the match 7-6 (4), making it 1-0 Tigers.
  • Liberty and Princeton split the other two doubles matches. Princeton's Damian Rodriguez and Karl Poling handled the Flames' top tandem, Chase Burton and Nicaise Muamba, 6-1 on court one. Trailing 5-3 in their match, freshmen William Barker and Ian Sturgill (No. 3 doubles) of Liberty came back to defeat Payton Holden and Kabir Sarita of the Tigers in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5).
  • In singles, Princeton officially claimed the match on the strength of straight-sets victories on courts one (No. 91 Rodriguez 6-1, 6-0 over Muamba), four (Davey Roberts 6-0, 6-2 over Sturgill) and five (Barki 6-2, 6-2 over Burton). Barki's win officially gave the Tigers the match.
  • Wilson's aforementioned win was his third of the weekend and ninth of the 2018-19 season. The freshman moved up one spot in the lineup in each match (No. 5 Friday morning, No. 4 Friday afternoon, No. 3 Sunday morning) and won two of the three bouts in straight sets. He was the only Flame to win three singles matches, this weekend.
  • Wilson's victory proved to the only point for the visitors. In the No. 6 singles contest, the Tigers' Sarita topped Mundt 6-2, 7-5. Finally, No. 82 Poling defeated Liberty's Gutierrez in two sets (6-3, 6-3) for Princeton's sixth and final point of the match.
  • Liberty and Princeton met for the first time ever on the tennis court, Sunday morning.


Next Up

  • The Flames are back in action in the state of Washington, next weekend. Liberty will first take on the Pac-12's Washington Huskies (1-2), Friday night at 9 p.m. Eastern. Next Saturday, the Flames will battle the West Coast Conference's Santa Clara Broncos (0-1) at 5 p.m. Eastern at Washington.
  • Liberty will be facing both Washington and Santa Clara for the first time ever. Six of the Flames' first seven foes this year are first-time opponents.