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Wilson Selected as ASUN Player of the Week

January 30, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Wilson is being honored as ASUN Player of the Week for the first time in his young career.

Wilson is being honored as ASUN Player of the Week for the first time in his young career.

Flames men's tennis freshman Josh Wilson has been selected as the ASUN Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week on Wednesday. Wilson's player of the week honor, handed out by the league office, is the first of his career.

"Josh is a great player and an even better person. He represents Liberty Athletics with joy and class," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt. "Our coaching staff is excited to work with him on a daily basis. Josh has huge room to improve his game and grow as a leader for this team."  

The Flames have now featured the ASUN Player of the Week each of the last two weeks. Liberty sophomore Nicaise Muamba received the honor a week ago, the Flames' first-ever ASUN award winner.

Wilson, a native of Reigate, United Kingdom, went unbeaten in singles last weekend against strong competition, including matches against Penn and Princeton (both top-60 teams last year) as well as Drexel. On Sunday, he defeated Princeton's Will Peters in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) at No. 3 singles. Peters entered the match with a 12-4 singles mark on the year.

Playing in the No. 4 singles position Friday afternoon, Wilson defeated Penn's Dmitry Shalatin in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9). Early in the day on Friday, Wilson won at No. 5 singles against Drexel's Xandy Hammitt, 7-5, 6-1. His victory helped the Flames defeat the Dragons by a 4-3 score for their first victory of 2019.

Wilson and his doubles partner, fellow freshman Steve Mundt, took the Princeton Tigers' nationally-ranked doubles pairing, No. 40 Justin Barki and Bill Duo, to a tiebreaker in the No. 2 doubles bout before losing 7-6 (7-4), Sunday.

Wilson and the Flames (1-3) will head to the state of Washington this weekend for two matches. Liberty will first play a match against the Washington Huskies (1-2) at Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash., at 9 p.m. Eastern Friday evening. On Saturday, the Flames will take on the Santa Clara Broncos (2-1) in a neutral site match at Washington, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern.