Liberty freshman Josh Wilson's three-set victory in the No. 2 singles match against Lipscomb's Pablo Caffarena lifted the Flames to a thrilling 4-3 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.
The Flames (9-9) remain perfect in ASUN Conference play at 3-0 and share first place in the league with Florida Gulf Coast (8-8, 3-0), a 6-1 winner over Stetson on Saturday. Liberty has now won three straight matches and is 4-0 at home on the season.
Lipscomb falls to 6-10 on the year and 1-2 in league competition, following the loss on a day which featured high winds throughout the match.
Wilson's clutch performance gave the Flames the victory in what was their inaugural ASUN Conference home match. The freshman from Reigate, United Kingdom, split his first two sets with Caffarena and led 5-3 in the third set before the Lipscomb junior stormed back.
Caffarena took the next two games, breaking serve in the process, and led 30-0 on serve with the set tied 5-5. Wilson answered by winning eight straight points to claim the match 6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-5.
Liberty 4, Lipscomb 3
Singles Competition 1. #101 Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Victor Chaw (LIP-M) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 7-5 3. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP-M) 6-2, 6-4 4. Jake Penny (LIP-M) def. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-5 5. David Skrabut (LIP-M) def. Eddie Gutierrez (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-5 6. Vince Salas (LIBERTYM) def. George Wong (LIP-M) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles Competition 1. Victor Chaw/Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) def. Nicaise Muamba/Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-0 2. Josh Wilson/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) vs. Jake Penny/Francesco Tacconi (LIP-M) 2-5, unfinished 3. Pedro Uribe/Michael Tougher (LIP-M) def. Vince Salas/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 6-3
Lipscomb 6-10, 1-2 ASUN Liberty 9-9, 3-0 ASUN Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,1,5,6,2) Official: R Sanders/A Sarver T-3:05
Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt "We responded well in singles to the challenge today. Adversity and tough conditions reveal character."
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