ASUN Champion Liberty Ends Year Ranked No. 3 in ITA Atlantic Region
The Liberty men’s tennis program ended the year with a No. 3 Atlantic Region ranking in the final 2022 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Regional Rankings.
Liberty finished behind only No. 1 and national champion Virginia (No. 1 national ranking) as well as No. 2 VCU (No. 29 national ranking). The third-ranked Flames (No. 66 national ranking) placed ahead of No. 4 Old Dominion (No. 70 national ranking), No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Penn State. Rounding out the top 10 teams in the region were No. 7 William & Mary, No. 8 James Madison, No. 9 Radford and No. 10 Temple. The 2021 Liberty squad finished the year ranked fourth in the Atlantic Region after a 20-win season and its first conference title in program history.
In addition to the team ranking, the Flames’ Josh Wilson and Nicaise Muamba were listed among the top-20 player in the Atlantic Region’s singles rankings. Wilson closes the year as the No. 11-ranked singles player in the region, while Muamba ends the year with a No. 16 ranking.
This is the second time in Wilson’s career in which he has been regionally ranked to end a season (other: 2019). Muamba finishes the year as a regionally-ranked singles player for the third time in his career (other: 2019 and 2021).
Wilson and Muamba helped lead Liberty to its second consecutive ASUN title in 2022. The Flames defeated No. 6 seed Jacksonville State (4-0 final), No. 2 seed Kennesaw State (4-0 final) and No. 1 seed FGCU (4-2 final) at the FGCU Tennis Complex on the way to the title. Muamba earned the ASUN Championship MVP award and was an All-Tournament team selection, and Wilson received ASUN All-Tournament team honors.
Wilson, Muamba and the Flames went on to compete in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Team Championship for the first time in school history this past spring, facing No. 20 NC State in the first round of the NCAA Raleigh Regional. The Flames (13-11, 6-2 ASUN) finished the 2022 campaign as the No. 66-ranked team in the country and were listed among the top-75 teams in all 12 national rankings since Feb. 23.
An ASUN All-Conference first team member and the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a second straight season, Wilson set a new program record with 29 singles wins during the 2021-22 campaign. His 29 wins eclipse the previous school record of 28 wins, set by Sam Matheson in 2016. Wilson posted a 14-6 mark in spring matches and a 15-5 record in fall competition.
The junior from Reigate, United Kingdom native held an 8-2 record in the No. 1 singles position once he moved into that spot on March 25 and was also 6-4 in the No. 2 singles position. Wilson only lost one ASUN match (6-1 regular season) and went 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles at the ASUN Championship.
Muamba earned two major awards from the ITA last week, the 2022 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award as well as the Atlantic Region’s ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. An ASUN All-Conference second team honoree this spring, Muamba posted a 15-10 singles record in his final season with the Flames while competing in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup.
The senior from Laval, Quebec, Canada sported a 6-2 ASUN mark during the regular season and went 2-0 in singles matches at the ASUN Tournament.