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    No. 66 Liberty Rolls Past Eastern Kentucky 6-1, Saturday Afternoon

    Mar 18, 2023 | Richmond Ky | Men's Tennis

    The No. 66 Liberty Flames rolled past the Eastern Kentucky Colonels Saturday afternoon, taking a 6-1 win on the road at the Greg Adams Tennis Center.

    Liberty improves to 8-8 overall and 3-0 in the ASUN with its second league win in as many days. The Flames swept the Kennesaw State Owls on Friday night at the Liberty Tennis Complex. EKU slips to 3-12 overall and 0-3 in the league.

    Liberty won two out of three doubles matches to get the match’s initial point. The Flames went on to win the first three singles matches to secure the match clinching point then added two more wins on courts five and six.

    The Flames improve to 3-0 all-time against the Colonels in what was the first time the two squads squared off in ASUN play. Prior to today, Liberty and EKU hadn’t competed against each other since 2016.

    Liberty is traveling to Nashville to face the Lipscomb Bisons (4-8, 1-0 ASUN) to finish a three-match ASUN weekend. The Flames and Bisons will face each other on Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern at Vanderbilt’s Lummis Family Tennis Center.

    #66 Liberty 6, Eastern Kentucky 1

    Singles Competition

    1. Moritz Mayer (EKU) def. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 7-5, 6-4
    2. Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) def. K. Stahlbrand (EKU) 6-2, 6-4
    3. Beau Pelletier (LIBERTYM) def. P. Brazet (EKU) 6-2, 6-1
    4. Luis Felipe Miguel (LIBERTYM) def. J.Anurag Reddy (EKU) 6-2, 6-2
    5. Thando Longwe-Smit (LIBERTYM) def. Arthur Bugeaud (EKU) 1-6, 6-2, 10-4
    6. Zion Heaven (LIBERTYM) def. E. Castro Platonoff (EKU) 6-0, 6-0

    Doubles Competition

    1. K. Stahlbrand/Arthur Bugeaud (EKU) def. Christiaan Worst/Luis Felipe Miguel (LIBERTYM) 6-4
    2. Thando Longwe-Smit/R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. P. Brazet/Moritz Mayer (EKU) 6-2
    3. Zion Heaven/Beau Pelletier (LIBERTYM) def. J.Anurag Reddy/Zach White (EKU) 7-5

    Liberty 8-8, 3-0 ASUN; National ranking #66
    Eastern Kentucky 3-12, 0-3 ASUN
    Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,6,5)

    How It Happened
    • Luis Felipe Miguel replaced Josh Wilson on the No. 1 doubles team to be paired with senior Christiaan Worst. It was the first time the two have played in a match together, ultimately losing to the Colonels’ Kristoffer Stahlbrand and Arthur Bugeaud 6-4.
    • Friday’s No. 3 pair of Thando Longwe-Smit and Rafael Marques Da Silva played on court two today and took down Paul-Antoine Brazet and Moritz Mayer 6-2.
    • The Flames secured the doubles point in the No. 3 slot with the senior pair of Zion Heaven and Beau Pelletier defeating J.Anurag Reddy and Zach White by a tight 7-5 tally.
    • Liberty won the first singles point in the No. 4 match, with freshman Miguel getting his ninth win of the spring by defeating Reddy 6-2, 6-2.
    • The Flames added a win on court three as Pelletier (6-5) beat Brazet 6-2, 6-1. It was the third consecutive win for Pelletier.
    • Liberty secured the fourth point and the match win on court two as Christiaan Worst pulled out the win against Stahlbrand 6-2, 6-4. The senior continues his strong season, improving his record to 9-6 this spring.
    • The Colonels got their lone win on court one with Marques Da Silva slotting in the position held by Wilson this season. Facing EKU’s Mayer, Marques Da Silva battled game for game with Mayer, but it ultimately came down to a difference of a couple games. The Colonels sophomore took the 7-5, 6-4 win.
    • The Flames took care of business at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Thando Longwe-Smit came to take down Bugeaud 1-6, 6-2. 1-0 (10-4). On court six, Liberty senior Zion Heaven swept E. Castro Platanoff 6-0, 6-0.
    • Liberty has won its three ASUN matches by a combined 19-2 score.

    Next Up
    • The Flames hit the road once more as they will face the Lipscomb Bisons (4-8, 1-0 ASUN) at 7 p.m. Eastern, Sunday night. The match will be held at Vanderbilt’s Lummis Family Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn.
    • Currently at 3-0 in conference, the Flames are looking to go undefeated in conference play for the first time since 2021 when the Flames went 6-0 in the ASUN.
    • Liberty looks to continue its dominance over Lipscomb, as the Flames currently are 4-0 when matched with the Bisons.