The Flames tennis squad turned in a dominant effort against visiting Elon on Friday afternoon at Crosswhite Athletic Club, sweeping the Phoenix 7-0.
Liberty improves to 7-3 on the year and has won its last three matches. Friday's win marked the Flames' first-ever 7-0 sweep of the Phoenix. Elon falls to 3-6 on the season.
Liberty 7, Elon 0
Singles Competition 1. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Kyle Frankel (ELON) 6-3, 6-2 2. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) def. Nicholas Condos (ELON) 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 1-0 (10-3) 3. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Chung-Han Tsai (ELON) 6-1, 6-3 4. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) def. Camilo Ponce (ELON) 7-5, 6-3 5. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. Dino Bonetta (ELON) 6-3, 6-2 6. Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) def. Sam Dively (ELON) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition 1. Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) def. Kyle Frankel/Nicholas Condos (ELON) 6-4 2. Nicaise Muamba/Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) vs. Sam Dively/Camilo Ponce (ELON) 5-4, unfinished 3. Steve Mundt/Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) def. Chung-Han Tsai/Dino Bonetta (ELON) 6-4
Elon 3-6 Liberty 7-3 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,3,1,4,2,6) Official: K Zimmernan/M Sarver T-3:02
How It Happened • A pair of 6-4 victories at No. 3 and No. 1 doubles gave Liberty the doubles point and a 1-0 edge. • After trailing 2-1 early, the No. 3 Liberty team of Steve Mundt and Chase Burton won five of their last seven games against Chung-Han Tsai and Dino Bonetta for a 6-4 triumph. The Flames duo improved to 4-1 in spring doubles matches. • The Flames' top unit, Josh Wilson and Goncalo Ferreira led throughout their match with Kyle Frankel and Nicholas Condos (1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4) before ultimately prevailing 6-4. • Liberty claimed all six singles contests, five of which came in straight sets. • Flames freshman Rafael Marques Da Silva continued his string of stellar singles play, as the Brazil native topped Bonetta on court five 6-3, 6-2. Marques Da Silva has won nine straight singles bouts. • Two courts over, the Flames' Chase Burton (No. 3 singles) controlled his match with Tsai on the way to his 76th career singles victory. The senior, who won his program-record 75th singles match last Friday at Penn State, won in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) today to put the home side ahead 3-0. • Liberty's No. 1 singles player, Muamba, took down Frankel in a pair of sets, 6-3, 6-2, to bump the lead up to 4-0 and clinch the match. • Ferreira of the Flames (No. 4 singles) battled past Camilo Ponce (Elon) in two sets, 7-5, 6-3, for Liberty's fifth point of the day. Ferreira's doubles partner, Wilson, split sets with Condos on court two. With the match outcome already decided in Liberty's favor, the competitors played a third-set 10-point tiebreaker. The Liberty sophomore, this week's ASUN Player of the Week, prevailed in that tiebreaker 10-3 to claim the match 7-6 (2), 1-6, 1-0 (10-3). • Leading 6-0, the Flames completed the 7-0 sweep with Mundt's convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dively. • Liberty is 4-1 at home in 2020 and 10-1 at home over the past two years. • The victory was Liberty's third ever over the Phoenix in 13 all-time meetings and first since 2005. Over the last 20 days, the Flames have defeated an ACC team (Virginia Tech) and Big Ten foe (Penn State) for the first time in program history, topped William & Mary for a second straight season and swept Elon for the first time in school history.
Next Up • Liberty will be back in action on March 7 when it plays a road match and home match on the same day. The Flames will first play at No. 37 Virginia at 11 a.m., followed by a home match against future ASUN member Bellarmine at 5 p.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club in Lynchburg. • The Flames are 0-8 all-time against the Virginia Cavaliers. This will be the first-ever meeting between Liberty and the Bellarmine Knights.
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