Liberty to Take on NC State in 1st Round of 2022 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship
ASUN Conference men’s tennis champion Liberty will meet NC State in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship, Friday evening.
The No. 64 Flames (13-10) and No. 21 Wolfpack (18-9) will square off at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C. at 5 p.m. In Friday’s other first round matchup, No. 18 Middle Tennessee (27-4), the No. 16 overall seed, will take on UNCW (15-8) at 2 p.m.
The winners of Friday’s matches will meet in the second round, Saturday at 6 p.m. Liberty is the No. 3 seed for the Raleigh Regional, while NC State is the No. 2 seed. Middle Tennessee is the No. 1 seed at the regional, and UNCW is the No. 4 seed.
NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship – Raleigh Regional (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center | Raleigh, N.C.) – First and Second Rounds
Friday, 2 p.m. – No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee (27-4) vs. No. 4 seed UNCW (15-8)
Friday, 5 p.m. – No. 2 seed NC State (18-9) vs. No. 3 seed Liberty (13-10)
Saturday, 6 p.m. – Winners of first round matches
Liberty earned the ASUN’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season after defeating FGCU 4-2 in the conference title match, April 24 at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The Flames have been nationally ranked in 10 straight polls since Feb. 23 and won their final nine ASUN matches (regular season and postseason). Liberty earned three ranked wins during that stretch over No. 70 North Florida (April 14), No. 75 Kennesaw State (April 23) and No. 71 FGCU (April 24).
The Flames have never faced NC State and Middle Tennessee. Liberty has faced UNCW eight times. The Flames topped the Seahawks 5-2 in 2021.
Ticket information and other details, including live video and live scoring links, will be available at the tournament central page.
This is Liberty’s second appearance in the NCAA Tournament field but will be its first time competing in it. The Flames were scheduled to play against the Wolfpack in the 2021 NCAA Championship but were unable to compete due to COVID-19 protocols.
Raleigh Regional – How They Got Here
No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee – Conference USA Champion
No. 2 seed NC State – At-Large Selection
No. 3 seed Liberty – ASUN Champion
No. 4 seed UNCW – CAA Champion