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No. 40 Liberty Sweeps UNA 7-0 for Second Time This Season

April 3, 2021  Lynchburg. Va.   RSS
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No. 40 Liberty defeated North Alabama by a 7-0 score on its home courts at the Liberty Tennis Complex, Saturday afternoon.

Liberty improves to 15-6 this season and has an unblemished 5-0 mark in the ASUN. The Flames remain unbeaten at home at 9-0 and have won seven of their last eight matches overall.

North Alabama is 4-11 on the year and 2-3 in ASUN competition.        

Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt
"We will continue to push each other as we reset and prepare for the next match."      

#40 Liberty 7, North Alabama 0

Singles Competition
1. #82 Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Carlos Matarredona (UNA) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)
2. Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) def. Kyle Johnson (UNA) 6-0, 6-1
3. Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) def. Guilherme Diniz (UNA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Thando Longwe-Smit (LIBERTYM) def. Andreas Hansen (UNA) 6-1, 6-3
5. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) def. Jamie Bixby (UNA) 6-2, 6-2
6. Zion Heaven (LIBERTYM) def. Cade Reasons (UNA) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Deji Thomas-Smith/Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) vs. Carlos Matarredona/Andreas Hansen (UNA) 4-3, unfinished
2. R. Marques Da Silva/Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Guilherme Diniz/Cade Reasons (UNA) 6-2
3. Josh Wilson/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) def. Kyle Johnson/Jamie Bixby (UNA) 6-3

North Alabama 4-11, 2-3 ASUN
Liberty 15-6, 5-0 ASUN; National ranking #40

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,5,6,4,1)
Official: R Sanders/S Lunsford T-2:12

How It Happened
• Liberty took the doubles point and claimed all six singles matches, five in straight sets.
• In singles, the No. 1-5 matches were rematches from Liberty's match with UNA on March 19.
• In doubles, Liberty's victories came from their No. 2 and No. 3 pairings.  The Flames' No. 2 unit, Rafael Marques Da Silva and Nicaise Muamba, upended UNA's Guilherme Diniz and Cade Reasons 6-2. Josh Wilson and Steve Mundt (No. 2 doubles) bested Kyle Johnson and Jamie Bixby 6-3, clinching the doubles point for Liberty.
• Leading 1-0, the Flames wasted little time bolstering their lead to three points, as Deji Thomas-Smith (6-0, 6-1 over Johnson) and Chrisiaan Worst (6-2, 6-1 over Diniz) took care of business on courts two and three, respectively.
• Liberty's Goncalo Ferreira provided the match-clinching fourth point by besting Bixby 6-2, 6-2 on court five. Ferreira has won his last four singles matches.
• Zion Heaven (No. 6 singles) and Thando Longwe-Smit (No. 5 singles) of the Flames both earned two-set victories as well. Heaven got past Reasons 6-3, 6-2, while Longwe-Smit bested Andreas Hansen 6-1, 6-3.
• Muamba and his counterpart, Carlos Matarredona, battled into a third set for the second time this season. Muamba, the 82nd-ranked singles player in the country, prevailed again in comeback fashion, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10). Muamba's 15th spring singles triumph settled the final score at 7-0, Liberty.
• Muamba (15-4), Marques Da Silva (14-5), Thomas-Smith (11-6) and Worst (10-8) are all in double figures for singles wins this season.
• Liberty won two of its three matches this week. The Flames defeated Lipscomb and UNA and fell to No. 41 Duke.
• The Flames are now 3-0 all-time versus the Lions, with all three victories being 7-0 sweeps.
• Liberty is 4-1 in its five matches since entering the team national rankings, March 24.

Next Up
• Liberty will be back in action next Saturday at home in its ASUN regular season finale versus Bellarmine (3-18, 0-5 ASUN). First serve will take place at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Tennis Complex.
• The Flames defeated the Knights 7-0, last Sunday. Liberty is 2-0 all-time against Bellarmine.