No. 65 Liberty to Meet No. 20 NC State in NCAA Raleigh Regional, Friday
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ASUN champion No. 65 Liberty will square off with No. 20 NC State in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at the Raleigh Regional, Friday evening.
First serve between the Flames (13-10) and Wolfpack (18-9) is 5 p.m. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C. Liberty is the No. 3 seed at the regional, and host NC State is the No. 2 seed. In Friday’s other opening round matchup, top seed and No. 19 Middle Tennessee, the No. 16 overall national seed, will take on No. 4 seed UNCW (15-8) at 2 p.m.
The winners of Friday’s opening round matches will meet in the second round, Saturday at 5 p.m.
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, 5 p.m. – Winners of first round matches
Live Streaming Via the TennisONE App
To watch the NCAA Raleigh Regional matches (free), fans will need to:
• Download the TennisONE App from the Apple app store or Google Play store.
• Once downloaded, create a free account with either your Apple ID or Gmail account depending on if you use an IPhone or Android.
• Once signed in, click on the NCAA home screen card at the top, and you’ll be taken to a section with all of the different match streams where you can pick the one you’d like to view.
The tournament central page will have updated information and details for the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
Admission is free for fans. Fans are asked to park in the West Deck on both Friday and Saturday.
Raleigh Regional – How They Got Here
No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee
• Conference USA Champion (automatic bid)
• 27-4 overall record, 2-0 Conference USA regular season
• Bested No. 47 Charlotte 4-3 in the Conference USA Championship final, April 24 in Norfolk, Va.
No. 2 seed NC State
• At-large selection
• 18-9 overall, 6-6 ACC regular season
• Fell 4-3 to No. 17 North Carolina in ASUN Championship quarterfinals, April 22
No. 3 seed Liberty
• ASUN Champion (automatic bid
• 13-10 overall record, 6-2 ASUN regular seaso
• Defeated No. 71 FGCU 4-2 in the ASUN final, April 24 at the FGCU Tennis Complex
No. 4 seed UNCW
• NCAA Champion (automatic bid)
• 15-8 record, 4-0 CAA (including CAA Championship matches)
• Topped Elon 4-2 in CAA Championship final, April 24 in Elon, N.C.
Series History vs. the Raleigh Regional Teams
Liberty vs. NC State: First meeting
Note: Liberty at NC State were set to play against each other in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at South Carolina. The Flames could not compete due to COVID-19 protocols but will get their shot to take on the Wolfpack for the first time this year.
Liberty vs. Middle Tennessee: Would be first meeting
Note: Liberty will join Conference USA for the 2023-24 school year. The Blue Raiders have won each of the last three Conference USA men’s tennis titles.
Liberty vs. UNCW: UNCW leads 7-1
Last meeting: No. 43 Liberty defeated No. 49 UNCW 5-2 at the Liberty Tennis Complex on March 26, 2021.
Flames News and Notes
• This is Liberty’s first time competing in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Team Championship. The Flames have won back-to-back ASUN titles.
• The Flames entered the NCAA Tournament having won nine of their last 10 matches overall. All nine of those wins were against ASUN foes, including ranked opponents No. 70 North Florida (7-0, April 14), No. 75 Kennesaw State (4-0, April 23) and No. 71 FGCU (4-2, April 24). Liberty’s only loss in the last 39 days to was at No. 36 VCU on April 10 (6-1 final).
• Liberty was well represented in the ASUN Conference Men’s Tennis Postseason Honors & Awards. The Flames’ Nicaise Muamba and Rafael Marques Da Silva were tabbed ASUN Doubles Pair of the Year, and each player earned ASUN All-Conference second team honors as well. Josh Wilson earned ASUN All-Conference first team honors and was the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a second straight year. Christiaan Worst was voted to the ASUN All-Academic team.
• Muamba was selected as the ASUN Championship MVP, while Wilson earned ASUN All-Tournament team honors.
• Wilson set a new school record for singles wins, 29, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over ASUN Player of the Year Magnus Johnson of FGCU in the ASUN final. Wilson surpassed former Flame Sam Matheson (28 wins, 2015-16) for the school record and sports a 29-10 overall singles mark (14-5 dual, 15-5 tournament).
• NC State will be Liberty’s fourth ACC opponent of the season. The Flames faced No. 7 Virginia (Jan. 20, season opener), Duke (Jan. 29) and No. 35 Miami (Feb. 26) earlier in the season.
• The Flames (13-10) have 10 or more victories in four straight full seasons and in 12 of the last 13 years.