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Flames' Muamba Becomes First Two-Time ASUN Player of Week, This Season

February 20, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Muamba is the first two-time ASUN Men’s Tennis Player of the Week recipient this year.

Muamba is the first two-time ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Week recipient this year.

Nicaise Muamba of the Flames tennis team has been named the ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.

Muamba is the first two-time ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Week recipient this season.

"Nicaise is a disciplined player, and his work ethic and consistency are paying off. We are thankful to have him as a leader for this team," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt.

Muamba, who hails from Laval, Quebec, Canada, won all four of his matches last week (two doubles, two singles). In doubles, the sophomore teamed up with Liberty junior Chase Burton to win two matches at No. 1 doubles. Last Friday against the George Washington Colonials, the duo defeated Zicheng Zeng and Ben Barnett 6-2. Muamba and Burton then earned a victory over a ranked opponent, downing the William & Mary Tribe's No. 45th ranked Tristan Bautil and Finbar Talcott, 6-2.

In singles, Muamba went 2-0 in the No. 1 slot in the Flames' lineup. The sophomore defeated Zeng of the Colonials in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) and bested the Tribe's Brenden Volk (5-0, retired).

In 2018-19, Muamba leads the Flames with 15 singles victories and is 5-3 at No. 1 singles in the spring. He is currently the highest ranked singles player in the ASUN at No. 104 in the country.  

Muamba also leads Liberty with 11 doubles victories on the season. Muamba and Burton are a team-best 5-3 at the No. 1 doubles post so far in 2019.

The Flames have now taken half (3-of-6) of the ASUN weekly honors this season. In addition to Muamba's accolades (Jan. 24 and today, Feb. 20), Liberty freshman Josh Wilson also earned player of the week recognition, Jan. 30.

Muamba and the Flames (3-5) will play one away match (at Virginia Tech, Friday, 6 p.m.) and one home match (vs. North Carolina A&T, Saturday, 5 p.m.), this weekend.