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Muamba and Wilson Each Win One Match on First Day of Gamecock Ranked + 1 Invite

September 20, 2019  Columbia, S.C.  RSS
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Wilson picked up one singles win on day one of the Gamecock Ranked + 1.

Wilson picked up one singles win on day one of the Gamecock Ranked + 1.

Liberty's Nicaise Muamba and Josh Wilson both collected wins on the first day of the South Carolina Gamecock Ranked + 1 Fall Invitational, Friday at the Carolina Tennis Center.

Muamba, the 65th-ranked singles player in the country and last year's ASUN Player of the Year, bounced back from an early three-set loss in the White singles flight and won in dominant fashion in his second match. Meanwhile, Wilson dropped a three-set match to a ranked foe but came back to win in three sets against his second opponent.

"With our players starting out this fall, we're really pounding in body language and self-talk, and today we got better at those things," said Liberty Men's Tennis Assistant Coach Trevor Foshey. "It's all about the process for us right now, and Nic and Josh had a strong finish today and are hungry for more tomorrow. We're taking it one day at a time, and tomorrow is another day to improve and control what we can control."

Muamba, making his fall 2019 season debut on Friday, fell to Miami's Benjamin Hannestad (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) in the opening round. The junior from Laval, Quebec, Canada topped Matthew Thomson of Wake Forest 6-0, 6-3 in his second match.

Wilson squared off with a ranked player in Fresno State's No. 63 Zdenek Derkas in the first round. Derkas overcame a 6-4 first-set loss, won a second-set tiebreaker (7-6 (2)) and claimed the third set 6-2 to take the match (4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2). In his next match, Wilson knocked off Texas freshman Harper Cleeve 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2.

Day two of the tournament will feature two rounds of doubles, starting at 9 a.m., followed by a round of singles. Muamba and Wilson's first doubles match will be against North Carolina's Brian Cernoch and Joshua Peck. Muamba and Wilson are 3-1 all-time as a pairing.