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Dominant Singles Effort Lifts Flames Past Lancers on Friday

January 31, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Muamba and the Flames defeated in-state foe Longwood 6-1, Friday.

Muamba and the Flames defeated in-state foe Longwood 6-1, Friday.

After dropping the doubles point, the host Liberty Flames dominated the singles session on the way to a 6-1 victory over the Longwood Lancers, Friday afternoon at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

Liberty improves to 3-1 on the season and has now won three straight matches, all at home. The Flames have now captured nine straight home contests dating back to the 2019 campaign.

Longwood falls to 0-1 after losing its season opener. Liberty is now 20-6 in the all-time series with Longwood.

Liberty 6, Longwood 1

Singles Competition
1. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Amadeo Blasco (LWU) 6-2, 7-5
2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Guilherme Sergio (LWU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Ignacio Sandoval (LWU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) def. Guillermo Cagigas (LWU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. Ernest Rocabert (LWU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) def. Rosen Naydenov (LWU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Amadeo Blasco/Guillermo Cagigas (LWU) def. Nicaise Muamba/Ian Sturgill (LIBERTYM) 6-2
2. Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) def. Guilherme Sergio/Ernest Rocabert (LWU) 6-2
3. Rosen Naydenov/Marc Casasnovas (LWU) def. Chase Burton/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 6-4

Longwood 0-1
Liberty 3-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3,1,5,4,6)
Official: S Lunsford/M Mayrosh T-3:04

Thoughts From Assistant Coach Trevor Foshey
"First of all, props to Longwood for competing as hard as they could the whole match. I love the fight and energy they brought while also being very respectful. Overall for us, we got better today. It's a simple sentence but means a lot to our coaching staff. Yes, the overall result is a nice bonus, but the way each guy competed is what this is all about. After facing some adversity with losing the doubles point, we came out hot in singles, winning every first set. That's what made us a better team today. The way we handle adversity the whole season is going to dictate how we do, and today was a great example on how things can go when we handle it well. Go Flames!"

How It Happened
• The Flames won all six singles matches, each in straight sets. Liberty sophomore Josh Wilson evened up the match at 1-all with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over his counterpart, Guilherme Sergio, in the No. 2 slot. Wilson, last year's ASUN Freshman of the Year, is now 2-1 in spring singles bouts and 11-4 overall on the season.
• Flames sophomore Chase Burton never trailed in his match with Ignacio Sandoval on court three on the way to a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The Naples, Fla., native's win made it 2-1 Liberty.
• After falling to Amadeo Blasco at No. 1 doubles, Liberty junior Nicaise Muamba squared off against Blasco at No. 1 singles. He topped Blasco 6-2 in the opening set but trailed 5-4 in set two. Muamba captured the next three games to defeat the Longwood senior 6-2, 7-5 and bolster the hosts' advantage to 3-1.
• Liberty's match-clinching point came from newcomer Rafael Marques Da Silva on court five. The Flames rookie battled past Rocabert in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) and is now 3-1 in singles on the young season.
• Reigning ASUN Player of the Week Goncalo Ferreira (No. 4 singles) extended Liberty's edge to 5-1 by getting past Cagigas of the Lancers in a pair of sets (7-6 (4), 6-3). The Flames freshman trailed 6-5 in the first set before forcing a tiebreaker, which he went on to win.
• Flames sophomore Ian Sturgill, who began his match following the conclusion of Wilson's victory over Sergio, took down Naydenov in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) at No. 6 singles. Sturgill's victory put him into a tie with Nicaise Muamba for most overall singles victories during the 2019-20 season with 14.
• Longwood won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. It came down to the match on court three between the Lancers' Naydenov and Marc Casasnovas and the Flames' Burton and Steve Mundt. Naydenov and Casasnovas trailed 4-3 before rallying to win the match 6-4 and hand the Liberty duo its first loss of the year (previously 4-0). The duo clinched the doubles point by winning a deuce point.
• The Flames opened the doubles session with a 6-2 victory from Wilson and Ferreira over Segio and Rocabert on court two. Wilson and Ferreira led throughout their match and improve to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in spring doubles bouts.
• The Lancers' other doubles triumph came in the No. 1 singles match, as Blasco and Guillermo bested Nicaise Muamba and Ian Sturgill 6-2.
• Liberty is 3-0 at Crosswhite Athletic Club in 2020.

Next Up
• The Flames' next match will be at home against the VCU Rams (3-2, A10), next Friday at 3 p.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club.
• The Rams have won each of the four all-time meetings with the Flames. In 2019, VCU edged Liberty 4-3 at the Thalhimer Tennis Center in Richmond, Va.