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Maren Announces Signing of Khval to NLI
Liberty women's tennis head coach Jeff Maren has announced the signing of Maria Khval to a National Letter of Intent. Khval will enroll at Liberty for the 2013-14 academic year. Khval joins the previously-signed Mariely Hassey to form Maren's first recruiting class as the Lady Flames' head coach.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Khval has consistently been ranked in the top 20 in the country over the last six years. In Belarus, Khval climbed to as high as No. 3 in the junior ranks and No. 14 in the adult rankings. She holds a current International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking of 1488. Khval has collected numerous wins against top 500 ranked ITF players, as well as Women's Tennis Association and current NCAA Division I ranked players.
Khval on Signing with Liberty:
"Liberty University is such a fantastic school where quality education, high-level collegiate sports and wonderful Christian environment are combined together. I am proud to be accepted into Liberty, but I am also that happy to become a member of the Lady Flames tennis team. Led by Coach Maren, this team is very ambitious, highly motivated and goal-focused. I am looking forward to working hard on the court and in the classroom, while helping to contribute to the bright future of Liberty University."
Coach Maren on Khval:
"Maria is a great player and an even greater person. She will be an impact player both on and off the court for us. We are excited to have her join our tennis family and believe that she will be an outstanding addition to our roster."