No. 50 San Diego Bests Liberty on Wednesday Afternoon
The 50th-ranked San Diego Toreros bested the visiting Liberty Flames 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center.
San Diego (8-3) has now won its last five matches and improves to 5-0 at home in 2020. The Flames drop to 8-6 overall and 3-5 on the road. Liberty wraps up a stretch which featured three road matches in five days, all against ranked teams (No. 38 Virginia, No. 22 UCLA and No. 50 San Diego). The Flames also played a home match in the last five days, sweeping Bellarmine 7-0 on Saturday at the Cook Tennis Center.
Wednesday’s match marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
San Diego 7, Liberty 0
1. #52 August Holmgren (USD) def. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 7-5
2. #58 Gui Osorio (USD) def. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
3. Joel Gamerov (USD) def. Chase Burton (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 7-6 (10-8)
4. David Norfeldt (USD) def. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) 4-6, 7-6, 6-1
5. Marvin Schaber (USD) def. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 7-5, 6-2
6. Armin Rostami (USD) def. Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
1. August Holmgren/Joel Gamerov (USD) def. Josh Wilson/Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) 6-4
2. #42 Nico Borter/Gui Osorio (USD) vs. Nicaise Muamba/R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 4-5, unfinished
3. Marvin Schaber/David Norfeldt (USD) def. Chase Burton/Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 6-4
San Diego 8-3; National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,2,3,6,4)
How It Happened
• San Diego (USD) won doubles matches on courts one and three and claimed all six singles matches, overcoming Liberty leads in several sets.
• Each of the three doubles contests were decided by narrow margins. USD’s No. 1 duo, August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov, trailed the Flames’ Josh Wilson and Goncalo Ferreira 3-2 before taking four of the final five games for a 6-4 win.
• In the No. 3 doubles match between Liberty’s Chase Burton and Deji Thomas-Smith and Marvin Schaber and David Norfeldt of the Toreros, the two teams were tied at 4-all. The San Diego duo took the last two games and the match 6-4 to give USD a 1-0 edge.
• Liberty’s No. 2 pairing, Nicaise Muamba and Rafael Marques Da Silva, led nationally-ranked No. 42 Nico Borter and Gui Osorio 5-4, but their match went unfinished.
• No. 52 Holmgren of USD extended the hosts’ lead to 2-0 with his 6-1, 7-5 triumph against Muamba (Liberty) on court one. The Toreros drew within a point of victory (3-0) with Schaber’s 7-5, 6-2 decision over Marques Da Silva in the No. 5 match. The setback was Marques Da Silva’s third of the spring (10-3). The Liberty freshman led 5-4 in the first set, but Schaber closed by winning nine of the final 11 games.
• Reigning ASUN Player of the Week, the Flames’ Josh Wilson, jumped out to a one set lead over No. 58 Osorio in the No. 2 position. However, Osorio bounced back to take the final two sets and the match, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0. The San Diego senior’s victory pushed the home lead to 4-0, sealing the victory.
• Liberty senior Chase Burton dropped his opening set 6-2 to Gamerov on court three. Trailing 5-4 in set two, Burton inched ahead 6-5 and looked to take the match to a third set. Gamerov forced a tiebreaker, which he won 10-8 to pick up the 6-2, 7-6 (8) victory and improve to 10-0 individually in spring singles matches.
• Flames freshman Thomas-Smith held leads in the first set (5-4) and second set (5-2) versus Armin Rostami in the No. 6 singles match. Rostami overcame both deficits for a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win and a 6-0 USD lead.
• Liberty’s Ferreira took the opening set from Norfeldt at flight four singles 6-4. He also led 5-4 and 6-5 in set two, but the USD junior came back to win in a tiebreaker. Norfeldt took the third set 6-1 for a 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 win.
• Liberty’s last dual match win in California came on March 21, 2018, a 5-2 victory at San Diego State.
• The Flames were originally scheduled to play SMU on Wednesday in a neutral-site match in Manhattan Beach, Calif., but that match was cancelled, with the San Diego match added on Monday.
• Liberty will return home to play its next match, March 22 against UNCW. First serve between the Flames and Seahawks is slated for noon at the Cook Tennis Center.