No. 36 VCU Defeats No. 69 Liberty in Non-Conference Action, Sunday
No. 36 VCU defeated No. 69 Liberty 6-1 in non-conference action, Sunday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
VCU bolsters its record to 16-6 overall and has won nine straight. The victory is the Rams’ sixth ranked win of the season. The Flames fall to 8-10 and see a three-match winning streak ended.
Liberty’s Christiaan Worst earned his team-best 12th spring singles victory in the match.
Thoughts From Head Coach Derek Schwandt
“Today was a good test for us. We will continue to respond and respond. We are looking forward to Thursday’s match at home vs. UNF.”
#36 VCU 6, #69 Liberty 1
- Charles Bertimon (VCU) def. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-2
- Maxence Bertimon (VCU) def. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 7-5
- Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) def. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 6-3, 6-0
- Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) def. Matisse Bobichon (VCU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
- Rayane Stable (VCU) def. Thando Longwe-Smit (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 6-2
- Joaquim Almeida (VCU) def. Zion Heaven (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5)
- #30 Charles Bertimon/Maxence Bertimon (VCU) def. Nicaise Muamba/R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 6-2
- Inigo Torre Martin/Rayane Stable (VCU) def. Omar El Kadi/Thando Longwe-Smit (LIBERTYM) 6-4
- Josh Wilson/Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) def. Joaquim Almeida/Matisse Bobichon (VCU) 6-4
Liberty 8-10; National ranking #69
VCU 16-6; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2)
How It Happened
• VCU took the doubles point by winning two of the three contested matches. The Rams won all but one singles match.
• The Rams’ nationally-ranked No. 1 doubles team, No. 30 Charles Bertimon and Maxence Bertimon (who are brothers), defeated the Flames’ Nicaise Muamba and Rafael Marques Da Silva 6-2.
• Liberty’s No. 3 doubles unit, Josh Wilson and Christiaan Worst, improved to 4-1 this spring with their 6-4 win over Joaquim Almeida and Matisse Bobichon.
• The Rams secured the first point of the contest with a 6-4 result from Inigo Torre Martin and Rayane Stable over Omar El Kadi and Thando Longwe-Smit on court two.
• VCU earned straight-sets victories in the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles matches, in that order, to secure the required four points. The Rams’ top singles player, Charles Bertimon, topped Wilson of the Flames 6-3, 6-2, snapping the Liberty junior’s five-match winning streak.
• The hosts’ lead grew to 3-0 following Torre Martin’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Marques Da Silva on court three. VCU’s Stable knocked off Longwe-Smit (No. 5 singles) 6-2, 6-2 to make it a 4-0 home lead and secure the victory.
• After dropping the first set 6-1 to Almeida on court six, Liberty’s Zion Heaven battled back from a 5-4 second set deficit to take the set 7-5. In the third set 10-point tiebreaker, Almeida came out on top 10-5 to take the match 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5) and stretch the VCU lead to five points (5-0).
• The Flames’ only point of the afternoon came via Worst at No. 4 singles. The Pretoria, South Africa native battled past Bobichon in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Worst trailed 5-4 in the second set but bounced back to force a tiebreaker, which he won 7-4. Worst leads all Flames with 12 spring singles victories, sports a 12-5 mark and has won six straight.
• Maxence Bertimon of the Rams closed out the match by defeating Muamba 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 2 position.
• VCU improves to 6-0 all-time against Liberty.
• The Flames finish their non-conference regular season slate with a 4-8 record.
• The Flames will return home for an ASUN match against No. 71 North Florida (14-6, 5-1 ASUN). The contest will begin at 3 p.m., Thursday at the Liberty Tennis Complex.
• Liberty is 1-1 all-time against UNF. Both meetings came during the 2019 season, the Flames’ first year in the ASUN.