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Flames Travel to Pacific Northwest to Challenge Huskies, Broncos Over Weekend

January 31, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will face Washington and Santa Clara, this weekend.

Liberty will face Washington and Santa Clara, this weekend.

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The Liberty men's tennis squad will head to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for a pair of matches, a road contest at Washington and a neutral-site showdown against Santa Clara.

Liberty (1-3) will first square off against the Washington Huskies (1-2) of the Pac-12, Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern at Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash. On Saturday, the Flames will match up against the West Coast Conference's Santa Clara Broncos (2-1) in a neutral site match at Washington, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Both Washington and Santa Clara are first-time opponents of the Flames. Liberty played three matches last weekend, going 1-2 against stiff competition (Drexel, Penn and Princeton). The Flames defeated Drexel 4-3 last Friday for their first victory of 2019.

In the early part of the season, the Huskies have a victory over Portland and losses to No. 8 Texas and Utah State. Meanwhile, the Broncos won both matches of a doubleheader, last Sunday against UC Santa Cruz and Sonoma State. They lost their season opener at No. 10 Stanford, Jan. 15.

How to Follow the Flames
Washington Athletics will provide both a live stream and live scoring for Friday's evening match. Find the links to both on the schedule page of LibertyFlames.com/menstennis. Also, follow @LUMensTennis on Twitter for periodic updates throughout the match.

Flames News and Notes

  • Flames freshman Josh Wilson was named the ASUN Player of the Week on Wednesday afternoom. The Reigate, United Kingdom, native won all three of his singles matches against strong competition (Princeton, Penn and Drexel), last weekend. He is the second ASUN Player of the Week in program history, joining sophomore Nicaise Muamba, who received the honor a week ago.
  • Muamba and junior Chase Burton lead Liberty with two doubles victories this spring. Wilson paces the squad with three singles triumphs in 2019.
  • Flames senior Eddie Gutierrez and Broncos freshman Santiago Hinojosa both hail from Mexico City, Mexico. Gutierrez is Liberty's active leader with 61 career wins, while Hinojosa has five victories to his credit during his rookie season.
  • 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. Their ASUN opener will be on March 23 at Kennesaw State.
  • In 2018, Liberty also opened the year with a 1-3 record. However, the Flames turned things around, winning 11 of their next 16 matches.
  • Six of the Flames' first seven foes this year are first-time opponents, including Washington and Santa Clara.