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Liberty Takes Two Doubles and Four Singles Matches, Saturday at Duke Invite

September 21, 2019  Cary, N.C.  RSS
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Barker is 2-1 in singles this weekend at the Duke Invite.

Barker is 2-1 in singles this weekend at the Duke Invite.

Liberty won six total matches on the second day of competition at the Duke James Bonk Invite, Saturday at Cary Tennis Park.

"We are looking for a deeper level of focus, accuracy and reset tomorrow," said Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt.

The Flames picked up a pair of doubles victories on Saturday morning. After receiving a bye to the consolation final in the Royal doubles draw, Liberty freshmen Goncalo Ferreira and Deji Thomas-Smith bested William & Mary's Sebastian Quiros 6-4. Ferreira and Thomas-Smith each won doubles titles with different partners, last weekend at the Liberty University Invitational.

In a consolation match in the Black doubles flight, senior Chase Burton and sophomore Ian Sturgill cruised to a 6-0 triumph over Collin Thomson and Cole Brainard of Charlotte.

Saturday's action featured two rounds of singles. Burton, Thomas-Smith, Steve Mundt and William Barker were each victorious in one match.

Burton rebounded from a loss in his first match during the morning session (7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1 to Elon's Nicholas Condos) in the Blue singles draw. The Flames senior trailed in his second match against Charlotte's Constandinos Christoforou but won a tiebreaker in the second set before eventually taking the match, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3. Burton will face Ross Gilbert of Gardner-Webb, tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

After suffering a setback in his first match of the day (7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-1 to Gardner-Webb's Breno Plentz), Thomas-Smith (Royal singles draw) managed to get past Charlotte's Collin Thomson 6-3, 2-1, retired. The Flames freshman will square off with UNF's Nilo Duarte, Sunday morning (10 a.m.).

Mundt (Blue singles) topped Gilbert of Gardner-Webb in his consolation quarterfinal match by a 6-1, 6-3 score. The Flames sophomore then fell to North Florida's Dominik Barton (6-1, 7-6 (7)) in the consolation semifinal round. Mundt will wrap up his weekend with a 9 a.m. match tomorrow against Condos of Elon.

Barker, competing in the Black singles flight (round robin format), defeated Elon's Max Zucker 6-1, 6-1 in his late morning match. Gardner-Webb's Victor Putter knocked off Barker 6-3, 7-5, Saturday afternoon. Barker will close out his tournament with a bout against Charlotte's Cole Brainard on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Statesville, N.C. native is the only Flames player with a 2-1 singles mark.

Through two days of play, Liberty has seven singles victories and two doubles triumphs.

The third and final day of the invite starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday and features one round of singles.