The Flames have been picked to finish second in the ASUN.
2021 ASUN Conference Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
The Liberty Flames men's tennis team has been selected to finish second in the ASUN Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced on Thursday morning.
Defending ASUN champion FGCU was selected to finish first in the league with four of a possible eight first-place votes and 59 points. The Eagles claimed their third ASUN crown in 2019. The ASUN did not hold any conference matches or a conference championship in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liberty collected two first-place votes and 54 points. This marks the second straight year the Flames have been tabbed to finish second in the conference. North Florida received one first-place vote and was voted to finish third with 48 points. The Stetson Hatters earned the final first-place vote and have been tabbed to finish fourth with 45 points.
Rounding out the poll were Kennesaw State (fifth, 33 points), Lipscomb (sixth, 24 points), North Alabama (seventh, 15 points) and ASUN newcomer Bellarmine (eighth, 10 points).
Liberty will open its spring campaign at Virginia, Jan. 17 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. The Flames' first ASUN match will take place on March 19 at North Alabama.
The Flames posted an 8-6 overall mark in 2020, including signature victories at Virginia Tech and Penn State. In 2019, the Flames posted a 6-1 mark in their first year in the ASUN Conference and earned the No. 2 seed for the ASUN Men's Tennis Championship. Liberty's top returners include 2019 ASUN Player of the Year Nicaise Muamba and 2019 ASUN Freshman of the Year Josh Wilson. Both players were also ASUN All-Conference first team honorees in 2019.
2021 ASUN Conference Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll Team (first-place votes) Total Points