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    The No. 67-ranked Liberty Flames swept No. 75-ranked Kennesaw State 4-0 in Saturday evening’s ASUN Championship semifinals to earn a spot in tomorrow’s title match.

    The defending champion Flames (12-10), the No. 3 seed, will look to defend their title on Sunday against No. 1 seed and tournament host FGCU (15-6). The Eagles edged No. 4 seed North Florida 4-3 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

    Sunday’s championship match will be a rematch of the 2021 ASUN Men’s Tennis Championship final, won by Liberty (4-0 final).

    This is the second straight year Liberty has knocked KSU out of the ASUN Tournament in the semifinals. The Owls finish their year with a 15-6 record.

    This is the first time in Liberty Athletics history that both tennis teams will be playing for a conference tournament title in the same year. The Liberty women’s tennis team bested top seed FGCU 4-0 earlier on the day Saturday and will square off with No. 2 Stetson on Sunday morning in the women’s championship match (10 a.m.) prior to the men’s championship game.

    Sunday, April 24 – Final
    No. 1 seed FGCU (15-6) vs. No. 3 seed Liberty (12-10), 1 p.m. – ESPN+

    #67 Liberty 4, #75 Kennesaw State 0

     Singles Competition

    1. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) vs. Matthew Terry (KSUM) 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
    2. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Raul Garcia (KSUM) 6-2, 6-2
    3. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. Harvey Conway (KSUM) 6-1, 6-1
    4. Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) def. Sergio Ingles (KSUM) 6-1, 6-2
    5. Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) vs. Hugo Salmeron (KSUM) 1-6, 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
    6. Thando Longwe-Smit (LIBERTYM) vs. Kevin Patel (KSUM) 6-7 (4-7), 1-2, unfinished

    Doubles Competition

    1. R. Marques Da Silva/Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) def. Harvey Conway/Raul Garcia (KSUM) 6-2
    2. Josh Wilson/Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) vs. Hugo Salmeron/Matthew Terry (KSUM) 3-4, unfinished
    3. Deji Thomas-Smith/Zion Heaven (LIBERTYM) def. Sergio Ingles/Seru Tezuka (KSUM) 6-2

    Liberty 12-10; National ranking #67
    Kennesaw State 15-6; National ranking #75
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,4,2)
    2022 ASUN Men’s Tennis Championship Semifinals
    Official: Bob Booth T-2:13 A-113 

    How It Happened
    • Liberty won at No. 3 and No. 1 doubles and picked up singles triumphs on courts four, three and two for the 4-0 sweep
    • Playing their first competitive doubles match together during their Liberty careers, Deji Thomas-Smith and Zion Heaven earned a 6-2 win over Sergio Ingles and Seru Tezuka on court three.
    • ASUN Doubles Pair of the Year Nicaise Muamba and Rafael Marques Da Silva put the Flames ahead 1-0 with a 6-2 triumph versus Harvey Conway and Raul Garcia.
    • Marques Da Silva had a strong showing in singles against Conway as well, knocking off the KSU junior in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-1, for a 2-0 Flames lead. The Liberty sophomore’s win was his 10th in the No. 3 slot and 11th overall, this spring.
    • Liberty’s Christiaan Worst ran his winning streak 10 matches with another impressive performance on court four for a second straight night. Worst downed Ingles 6-1, 6-2 and leads all Flames with a 16-5 mark in 2022.
    • With the Flames leading 3-0, it was Muamba who sent Liberty to the final with a 6-2, 6-2 match-clinching victory against Garcia in the No. 2 singles match.
    • This is Liberty’s second ranked win of the year, both of which have come in the last 10 days. The Flames swept No. 70 North Florida, April 14 at the Liberty Tennis Complex.
    • The Flames improve to 4-1 all-time versus the Owls and avenge a 4-1 setback to KSU in the 2022 ASUN opener.
    • Liberty has won five straight ASUN Championship matches over the last two years. The Flames have only dropped one total point in that stretch, outscoring their foes 20-1.
    • Including regular season and postseason play in 2022, the Flames have won eight straight ASUN matches after starting the year 0-2 in the ASUN.

    Next Up
    • Liberty and FGCU will meet in a rematch of last year’s championship match. The Flames bested the Eagles 4-0 for the ASUN crown.
    • FGCU edged Liberty in this year’s regular season meeting, March 20 in Fort Myers. The Eagles hold a 3-1 lead in the all-time series.