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Liberty Sweeps North Alabama 7-0 in ASUN Match

March 24, 2019  Florence, Ala.  RSS
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Salas and the Flames bested UNA 7-0 on Sunday.

Salas and the Flames bested UNA 7-0 on Sunday.

The Flames men's tennis team picked up a 7-0 sweep at North Alabama, Sunday afternoon at the UNA Varsity Tennis Courts.

Liberty is now 2-0 in the ASUN and shares first place in the conference with Florida Gulf Coast (6-8, 2-0). The Flames are 8-9 overall and wrap up a 2-0 weekend, featuring a pair of ASUN road victories at Kennesaw State (Saturday) and North Alabama (today).

Liberty 7, North Alabama 0

Singles Competition
1. #101 Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Jason Pimenta (UNA) 6-4, 6-0
2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Oscar Meslin (UNA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) def. Gustavo Girao (UNA) 6-4, 6-3
4. Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) def. Andreas Hansen (UNA) 6-2, 6-4
5. Vince Salas (LIBERTYM) def. Cade Reasons (UNA) 6-2, 6-3
6. William Barker (LIBERTYM) def. George Markos (UNA) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles Competition
1. Nicaise Muamba/William Barker (LIBERTYM) def. Jason Pimenta/Gustavo Girao (UNA) 6-4
2. Josh Wilson/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. Andreas Hansen/Oscar Meslin (UNA) 6-3
3. Vince Salas/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) def. George Markos/Cade Reasons (UNA) 6-2

Liberty 8-9, 2-0 ASUN
North Alabama 1-12, 0-2 ASUN
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,3,4,2)

Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt 
"Great job by Vince and Will to step in today. We will continue to build on our focus and discipline. We are looking forward to our next match."

How It Happened

  • The Flames took all three doubles matches and all six singles matches in the victory.
  • In doubles, Vince Salas and Steve Mundt improved to 8-3 on the year with a victory over against George Markos and Cade Reasons by a 6-1 score. The doubles point was wrapped up by Liberty's Josh Wilson and Ian Sturgill in the No. 2 match with a 6-3 victory over the Lions' Andreas Hansen and Oscar Meslin.
  • Playing in a competitive match for the first time as a pairing, sophomore Nicaise Muamba and freshman William Barker of Liberty completed the singles sweep by winning 6-4 over Jason Pimenta and Gustavo Giraro on court one.
  • Playing in just his third singles match of the spring, Salas (No. 5) bumped the Flames' lead up to 2-0 by winning in straight sets against Reasons (6-2, 6-4). Barker, in his fifth singles appearance of the year, also provided a spark to the bottom of Liberty's lineup with a two-set win against Mar (6-1, 6-4) on court six.
  • With the Flames ahead 3-0, No. 101 Muamba sealed the match and made it 4-0 with his 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles against Pimenta. Liberty's lead grew to five (5-0) thanks to senior Eddie Gutierrez's 6-4, 6-4 win against Girao at No. 3 singles.
  • Mundt (No. 4) and Wilson (No. 2) also prevailed to bring the final score to 7-0. Mundt bested Hansen in two sets 6-2, 6-4, while Wilson required three sets to top Meslin (4-6, 6-3, 6-2).
  • The Liberty Flames now have two 7-0 sweeps in 2019. They also swept North Carolina A&T on Feb. 23.
  • Sunday's match was the first-ever meeting between Liberty and North Alabama.

Next Up

  • After seven consecutive matches away from Lynchburg, the Flames will return to their home courts for a conference match against the Lipscomb Bisons (6-8, 1-0 ASUN) on Saturday. First serve will be at 3 p.m. at the Cook Tennis Center.
  • Liberty and Lipscomb will be matching up for the first time.