The Flames won 12 matches on day one of their home invite, Friday.
Liberty had a strong showing on day one of the Flames Invitational, winning 12 total matches at the Cook Tennis Center.
The Flames posted an impressive 8-1 mark in singles and also went 4-2 in doubles bouts in the six-team tournament featuring players from Liberty, Virginia, Navy, James Madison, Longwood and Appalachian State.
"Today was a great start to our final fall tournament. First off, the great was great, which is really awesome to see on a rather cold day, and I know our guys really appreciate the effort from our fans. Overall, we have been preaching to our guys to master the fundaments, and that was our goal for this weekend," said Flames assistant coach Trevor Foshey. "It's actually a goal we are working on every day, and it's starting to show in our matches. I love the improvement we are seeing since our first tournament we hosted here this fall to now. Tomorrow we're going to hammer in to the guys to bring the fire from the very beginning, and the rest will work itself out. Go Flames!"
Liberty's eight singles wins came from Nicaise Muamba, Josh Wilson, Goncalo Ferreira, Chase Burton, Deji Thomas-Smith, Ian Sturgill, William Barker and Joseph Emerson.
Flames Singles Wins Nicaise Muamba (Liberty) def. Guilherme Sergio (Longwood) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Josh Wilson (Liberty) def. Amadeo Blasco (Longwood) 6-2, 6-2 Goncalo Ferreira (Liberty) def. Stefan Petrovic (James Madison) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Chase Burton (Liberty) def. William Karpinski (James Madison) 6-2, 6-3 Deji Thomas-Smith (Liberty) def. Ignacio Sandoval (Longwood) 6-3, 6-1 Ian Sturgill (Liberty) def. Christian Pumpelly (Navy) 6-0, 6-1 William Barker (Liberty) def. Marc Casasnovas (Longwood) 6-1, 6-3 Joseph Emerson (Liberty) def. Rosen Naydenov (Longwood) 6-1, 6-4
Six of Liberty's eight singles triumphs came in straight sets. Muamba and Sturgill each won their team-best 10th singles matches of the fall.
In doubles, the Flames collected four victories.
Flames Doubles Wins Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (Liberty) def. Aleksandar Petrovic/Campbell Stone (Appalachian State) 6-3 Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (Liberty) def Damon Roberts/William Karpinski (James Madison) 6-2 Chase Burton/Steve Mundt (Liberty) def. Blake Carter/Karan Srivastava (Appalachian State) 6-2 Chase Burton/Steve Mundt (Liberty) def. Guillermo Cagigas/Ernest Rocabert (Longwood) 6-0'
Wilson and Ferreira are now 5-0 on their home courts at the Cook Tennis Center following two doubles triumphs on Friday afternoon. Burton and Mundt's victories are their first as a pairing, this fall.
Day two of the Flames Invitational on Saturday will feature two rounds of singles and will begin at 9 a.m.
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