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Liberty's Muamba to Face USC's Holt in First Round of NCAA Championship

May 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty men's tennis sophomore Nicaise Muamba will face USC's Brandon Holt in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

The NCAA released the singles and doubles draws for the 2019 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday. All singles and doubles bouts will be played at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., with the champions being crowned next Saturday.

Muamba is currently ranked No. 119 in the country in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Rankings. The ASUN Men's Tennis Player of the Year is 26-12 on the season, including a 16-6 mark in spring singles matches.

Holt is ranked No. 6 in the nation and holds a 16-3 mark in spring singles matches. The junior from Rolling Hills, Calif., has won his last 10 singles matches, including all three matches at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship team competition for the eighth-ranked USC Trojans. Bolt and the Trojans reached the third round of the team championship, this week.

The winner of the Muamba vs. Holt match will face the winner of the singles match between Georgia's Emil Reinberg (No. 38 in country) and Stanford's Alexandre Rotsaert (No. 63 in country). Live scoring, video and other pertinent information can be found on the championship website at: https://www.ustanationalcampus.com/en/home/collegiate/ncaa-championships.html.

Also an ASUN All-Conference first team honoree, Muamba finished with a 16-6 record in spring singles matches and a 26-12 overall singles record during his first season with the Flames. Muamba's 26 victories are the third most by a Flame in a single season in program history.

The Laval, Quebec, Canada native earned ASUN Player of the Week distinction a conference-best four times. Muamba posted a 15-6 mark at No. 1 singles, including a straight-sets victory over No. 21 Adria Soriano Barrera in Liberty's spring opener on Jan. 18.

Muamba has been nationally ranked in singles six times this spring, reaching as high as No. 99 in the nation in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Tennis Rankings on Feb. 20. He also was the first player in program history to garner a national ranking in singles and doubles at the same time, achieving the feat on March 5. Muamba and the Flames (12-11) finished 6-1 in the ASUN in their first year in the league, earning the No. 2 seed for the ASUN Men's Tennis Championship.

All matches at the Division I Men's Tennis Championships will be best-of-three sets. No ad-scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. There are 15 automatic qualifiers, 49 at-large selections and 10 alternates for the championship.

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) top 125. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 started singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.