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Liberty Falls on Road at Old Dominion on Friday Evening

February 14, 2020  Norfolk, Va.  RSS
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Marques Da Silva won his sixth straight singles match on Friday at ODU.

Marques Da Silva won his sixth straight singles match on Friday at ODU.

The Liberty Flames fell 6-1 at Old Dominion on Friday evening at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

Liberty drops to 4-3 on the season. Old Dominion improves to 7-1 in 2020 and has won its last four matches.

Standout Flames freshman Rafael Marques Da Silva bolstered his spring singles record to 6-1 with a come-from-behind three-set (0-6, 6-1, 6-4) victory over the Monarchs' Nicola Vidal on court five to give the visitors their lone point of the match.

Old Dominion thrived in tiebreaker situations in singles, as the Monarchs won tiebreakers on courts one (third set), two (second set) and three (second set).

Old Dominion 6, Liberty 1

Singles Competition
1. Francois Musitelli (ODUM) def. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6
2. Luca Maldoner (ODUM) def. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 7-6
3. Tomislav Podvinski (ODUM) def. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 7-6
4. Jannik Giesse (ODUM) def. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 6-4
5. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. Nicola Vidal (ODUM) 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Oliver Tobisch (ODUM) def. Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Luca Maldoner/Nicola Vidal (ODUM) vs. Nicaise Muamba/Steve Mundt (LIBERTYM) 5-5, unfinished
2. Francois Musitelli/Younes Lalami (ODUM) def. Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) 7-5
3. Jannik Giesse/Tomislav Podvinski (ODUM) def. Ian Sturgill/Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 6-1

Liberty 4-3
Old Dominion 7-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,4,2,3,5,1)

How It Happened
• The Monarchs opened up a 1-0 lead in the early going after wins at No. 3 and No. 2 doubles, respectively. ODU junior Jannik Giesse and redshirt junior Tomislav Podvinski cruised to a 6-1 triumph over Flames sophomore Ian Sturgill and freshman Deji Thomas-Smith on court three, handing the Liberty duo its first loss of the spring campaign.
• Trailing 5-4 on court two, ODU's Francois Musitelli and Younes Lalami claimed the next three games in defeating Liberty's Josh Wilson and Goncalo Ferreira 7-5 for a 1-0 Monarchs advantage.
• After sitting out the doubles session, the Monarchs' Oliver Tobisch (No. 6 singles) bested Thomas-Smith of the Flames in consecutive sets (6-0, 6-1) to push the home side's lead to 2-0.
• ODU's Giesse won in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) on court four over his counterpart, Liberty's Ferreira, to draw the hosts within one point of victory at 3-0.
• Both Maldoner and Podvinski of the Monarchs scored identical 6-1, 7-6 decisions over the Flames' Wilson (No. 2 singles) and senior Chase Burton (No. 3 sinlges). Maldoner's win was the match clincher and made it 4-0, while Podvinski overcame a 5-4 deficit in the second set to best Burton in a tiebreaker and bolster the ODU lead to 5-0.
• Marques Da Silva's win over Vidal came after the Flames newcomer lost the first set 6-0. The native of Brazil won 12 games over the final two sets, compared to just five for the ODU sophomore from Italy. Marques Da Silva has won six straight singles bouts, three of which have come in three sets.
• Musitelli of the Monarchs and Muamba of the Flames split their first two sets and saw the final set go to a tiebreaker, which Musitelli prevailed in for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 win to close out the 6-1 home triumph.
• ODU is now 10-0 all-time against Liberty. The last time the two programs had met prior to Friday was in 2011, also a 6-1 home win by the Monarchs.
• Liberty fell to 1-2 on the road with the loss. The Flames are 3-1 at home, this spring.

Next Up
• Liberty will remain on the road when it takes on the William & Mary Tribe (3-0), Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Va. There will be a live video stream and live scoring for the match. Visit for the live video and live scoring links.