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Thomas-Smith and Mundt Wrap Up Three-Win Weekends in Richmond

October 13, 2019  Richmond, Va.  RSS
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Mundt went 3-1 in singles this weekend in Richmond.

Mundt went 3-1 in singles this weekend in Richmond.

Liberty's Deji Thomas-Smith and Steve Mundt each earned a singles victory on day three of the River City Tennis Open, which was hosted by Richmond, Sunday.

Thomas-Smith put the finishing touches on a 3-1 weekend with a comeback win over Appalachian State's Alex Pavkovich in the third place match of the E Singles flight. The Flames freshman surrendered the first set 7-5 but bounced back to claim the second set in a tiebreaker (7-6) and win the third set super tiebreaker for a 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory.

Mundt captured his seventh match of the fall by topping Campbell's Noe Macquart 6-1, 6-2 in the fifth place match of the D Singles flight.

In total, the Flames won nine singles matches and a pair of doubles bouts over the course of the three-day tournament.

"Our fight was strong, and we managed our self-talk and body language well throughout the tournament," said Liberty third-year head coach Derek Schwandt.  

Charlotte's Henry Lieberman edged Liberty's Ian Sturgill 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) in three sets in the C Singles flight's third place match. Sturgill finished the weekend with two singles triumphs, and with seven singles victories in the fall, he shares the team lead with Mundt.

Despite dropping his last match to George Mason's Momin Khan (6-3, 7-5), Flames sophomore William Barker finished in eighth place out of 16 players in the F Singles draw. Both Barker and Thomas-Smith own five singles wins this fall.

The Flames will be back in action starting on Thursday at the ITA Atlantic Regional in Charlottesville, Va. The six-day event will be hosted by Virginia and runs through Oct. 22. All nine Liberty players on the roster are set to compete at the tournament.