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    March 19, 2022 Kennesaw, Ga. RSS | | Box Score Box Score | Box Score Box Score

    No. 68 Liberty dropped its ASUN opener at Kennesaw State by a 4-1 score, Saturday afternoon at Betty Siegel Courts.

    The defending ASUN champion Flames fall to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in ASUN competition. The Owls improve to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in the ASUN. KSU has won two straight contests.

    Kennesaw State 4, #68 Liberty 1

    Singles Competition

    1. Matthew Terry (KSUM) def. Nicaise Muamba (LIBERTYM) 7-5, 6-3
    2. Raul Garcia (KSUM) def. Josh Wilson (LIBERTYM) 6-2, 6-3
    3. R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) def. Kevin Patel (KSUM) 6-3, 6-4
    4. Harvey Conway (KSUM) vs. Christiaan Worst (LIBERTYM) 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, unfinished
    5. Seru Tezuka (KSUM) vs. Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 3-6, 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
    6. Hugo Salmeron (KSUM) def. Goncalo Ferreira (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 7-5

    Doubles Competition

    1. Hugo Salmeron/Matthew Terry (KSUM) def. Christiaan Worst/Deji Thomas-Smith (LIBERTYM) 6-4
    2. Daniel Botti/Seru Tezuka (KSUM) vs. Nicaise Muamba/R. Marques Da Silva (LIBERTYM) 2-5, unfinished
    3. Harvey Conway/Raul Garcia (KSUM) def. Thando Longwe-Smit/Omar El Kadi (LIBERTYM) 6-2

    Liberty 4-7, 0-1 ASUN; National ranking #68
    Kennesaw State 9-4, 1-0 ASUN
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,6,3,1)
    T-2:35 

    How It Happened
    • The Owls took the doubles point and won three of the four completed singles matches (No. 2, No. 6 and No. 1).
    • Kennesaw State’s No. 3 doubles duo, Harvey Conway and Raul Garcia, bested the Flames’ Thando Longwe-Smit and Omar El Kadi 6-2. The Owls secured the first point of the day when their top pairing, Hugo Salmeron and Matthew Terry, knocked off defending ASUN Doubles Pair of the Year Christiaan Worst and Deji Thomas-Smith by a 6-4 score.
    • KSU built a three-point advantage (3-0) following singles wins from Garcia (No. 2) and Salmeron (No. 6). Garcia won in straight sets against Liberty’s Josh Wilson, 6-2, 6-3. Salmeron prevailed in two sets (6-1, 7-5) versus Goncalo Ferreira.
    • Liberty’s lone point of the day came from Rafael Marques Da Silva in the No. 3 slot. Marques Da Silva upended KSU’s Kevin Patel 6-3, 6-4.
    • Terry of the Owls clinched the victory for the hosts when he defeated Liberty’s Muamba 7-5, 6-3.
    • This is only Liberty’s second ASUN regular season loss all-time. The Flames are now 12-2 all-time in ASUN regular season contests. Prior to today, Liberty’s only regular season ASUN setback was at FGCU nearly three years ago (April 11, 2019).
    • Liberty is 3-1 all-time in four matches with KSU.
    • Today’s match was originally scheduled to be played yesterday but was bumped back a day due to inclement weather.

    Next Up
    • Liberty will be back in action on Sunday at FGCU (8-5, 1-0 ASUN). Match time is 1 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
    • Sunday’s contest between the Flames and Eagles is a rematch of the 2021 ASUN Men’s Tennis Championship title match. Liberty topped FGCU 4-0 in that match (April 24, 2021) to win its first-ever conference championship. The Flames are 1-2 all-time against FGCU. The lone win for Liberty against the Eagles was the ASUN title match victory in 2021. FGCU claimed victories in 2015 and 2019.