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    January 12, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    The Liberty men’s tennis team will open 2022 by hosting the Liberty Spring Hidden Dual, Friday through Sunday at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.

    The three-day, four-team event will feature Liberty, James Madison, Charleston, and Youngstown State. Charleston and James Madison will get the competition started on Friday at 10 a.m. Liberty players will face Youngstown State opponents on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.

    The Flames will face Charleston on Saturday (4 p.m.) and JMU on Sunday (2 p.m.).

    The Liberty Spring Hidden Dual will serve as a final tune-up for the Flames’ spring dual match season, which begins at No. 7 Virginia on Jan. 20. This is Liberty’s eighth fall-formatted tournament of the season and third hidden dual of the year. The Flames hosted the Liberty Fall Hidden Dual (Nov. 5-7) and competed at the Clemson Hidden Duals (Oct. 8-10).

    Event/Days/Location: Liberty Spring Hidden Dual | Friday-Sunday | Liberty Indoor Tennis Center | Lynchburg, Va.

    Participating Teams: Liberty, James Madison, Charleston, Youngstown State

    Liberty Flames Players Participating: Omar El Kadi, Goncalo Ferreira, Zion Heaven, Thando Longwe-Smit, Rafael Marques Da Silva, Nicaise Muamba Deji Thomas-Smith, Josh Wilson, Christiaan Worst

    Live Video (for matches at Liberty Indoor Tennis Center): https://web.playsight.com/facility/liberty-university-tennis/home

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    10 a.m. – Charleston vs. James Madison
    4 p.m. – Liberty vs. Youngstown State

    10 a.m. – James Madison vs. Youngstown State
    4 p.m. – Liberty vs. Charleston

    9 a.m. – Youngstown State vs. Charleston
    2 p.m. – Liberty vs. James Madison

    Tournament Breakdown:
    Liberty’s full nine-player roster will compete this weekend, looking to add to their fall season win totals. Josh Wilson paces all Flames with 12 singles wins on the year, followed by Goncalo Ferreira (10 wins) and Deji Thomas-Smith (nine wins). The Flames’ winningest doubles teams in the fall was Thomas-Smith and Christiaan Worst with a 5-3 mark.

    This weekend’s hidden dual format will allow teams to compete in a fashion similar to a spring collegiate dual match rather than a fall-formatted event that often features numerous flights in a bracketed-style tournament.