Matheson has been honored on the 2010-19 Big South Conference Men's Tennis All-Decade Team.
2010-19 Big South Conference Men's Tennis All-Decade Team
Liberty alumnus Sam Matheson has been named to the 2010-19 Big South Conference Men's Tennis All-Decade Team, it was announced today.
Matheson, who was honored for his singles play, is the first Flame in program history to be named to a Big South All-Decade Team.
Throughout the month of June, the Big South will be recognizing each sport's top student-athletes and coaches from the recently completed decade. Liberty wrapped up its 27-year Big South Conference membership on June 30, 2018, departing for the ASUN Conference.
The Flames excelled during their final years of Big South competition, earning seven Sasser Cups and 62 Big South team championships between 2010-18.
A 15-person committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Team, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total. The 2010-19 Men's Tennis All-Decade Team features eight singles players, nine doubles players and one head coach.
A native of Tauranga, New Zealand, Matheson earned Big South Men's Tennis Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2016, becoming the program's first-ever conference player of the year. During that historic season, Matheson was also the first player in Flames tennis history to qualify for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship and ninth Big South competitor to ever receive a bid. Matheson went 28-6 overall in singles that year and earned Big South Singles All-Conference first team and Big South Doubles All-Conference first team accolades.
Matheson also earned recognition from the Big South in 2015 (sophomore season) and 2018 (senior season) with all-conference singles recognition each year. Matheson is one of only two players in program history (other: Nicaise Muamba) to be nationally ranked in singles. The New Zealand native was nationally ranked a program-record 14 times, closing out his collegiate career as the No. 104-ranked player in the nation on May 30, 2018.
Matheson holds the program record for most singles wins in a season (28, 2016). He ranks second in single-season winning percentage (.824, 28-6) and career singles winning percentage (.685, 63-29). He is also tied for eighth in school history with 63 career singles victories despite only competing for the Flames for three years.
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