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Liberty Men's Tennis Takes Two Doubles Titles on Final Day of Home Invitational

September 15, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Thomas-Smith (left) and Mundt (right) won a doubles title on Sunday.

Thomas-Smith (left) and Mundt (right) won a doubles title on Sunday.

The Flames men's tennis team captured two doubles titles on the third and final day of the Liberty University Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.

In the top draw, the Red doubles flight, freshman Goncalo Ferreira and sophomore Josh Wilson defeated their teammates, Chase Burton and Ian Sturgill, 6-2 in the final. The victory was Ferreira's first career title in his first collegiate tournament, while Wilson now has two career doubles crowns. Wilson won a doubles title at the Longhorn Invitational, last November. Ferreira and Wilson went 3-0 over the weekend and won a combined 18 total games while losing only four.

Flames sophomore Steve Mundt and freshman Deji Thomas-Smith claimed the White doubles flight with a 6-4 triumph over Richmond's Klein Evans and Campbell Erwin. It is the first career doubles title for both Liberty players, who posted a 3-0 mark as a pairing this weekend.

Over the course of the three-day tournament, the Flames' first of the fall 2019 season, Liberty totaled 18 singles victories and eight doubles wins. The Flames took three singles matches and two doubles matches, Sunday.

"Trevor, Nacho and I were happy with the steps we're making in building the culture and getting our guys on board with our five core values: Fight, Discipline, Unity, Servanthood and Humility," said Liberty head coach Derek Schwandt. "That's our focus right now. Our focus is not on our win-loss record on the weekend. Our focus is on becoming more disciplined, become a better fighter, becoming a great teammate and being there to support each other and playing for each other. It's not about you."

Sturgill wrapped up a 3-1 weekend in the White singles draw by defeating Dino Bonetta of Elon in straight sets (6-4, 6-2). Ferreira and Burton (Red singles draw) both collected their second singles wins of the weekend on day three. Ferreira came back to beat Furman's James Roelofse in three sets (1-6, 6-4, 6-3), and Burton knocked off Kennesaw State's Sebastian Osorio in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-2) as well.

Wilson, playing in the Red singles flight final, was edged by Diogo Marques of East Carolina in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7). Mundt fell to Furman's Henrik Atlevi (6-4, 6-3) in the Blue singles draw final. Mundt and Wilson both finished the weekend with 6-1 (3-0 doubles, 3-1 singles) marks to lead the Flames.

The Flames will be back in action next weekend at two different tournaments. Liberty will compete at South Carolina's Gamecock Ranked + 1 and at the Duke Invitational. Both tournaments will run from Friday through Sunday.