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Yang and Rivera Advance to Singles Finals
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad played four singles matches and four doubles matches at the Colorado Invitational, Saturday.
In their four double matches, the Lady Flames finished 3-1. Belen Rivera/Nicola Wellman handled the first doubles match, defeating Southern Illinois's Yana Golovkina/Vitoria Beirao 6-0.
Wellman also teamed up with Brittany Yang to down the Arkansas duo of Peyton Jennings/Elly Fryberger by a score of 6-1.
The final Lady Flames doubles victory came from Maria Khval/Rivera who matched up well against Utah's Victoria Robertson/Alexia Petrovic, defeating the Ute's duo 6-3.
Liberty finished 2-2 in singles play, with Yang and Rivera picking up the victories to advance to Sunday's singles final round.
Yang notched the first singles victory for the Lady Flames, Saturday. Yang was able to upend New Mexico's Susan Baklini in straight sets 6-3,7-5. Yang looks to capture the singles final victory in the Ralphie Draw, Sunday against the Razorback's Peyton Jennings.
Rivera advances to the final round of the Silver Draw Sunday, after defeating Lobos' Emily Oliver. Rivera and Oliver went toe to toe before Rivera captured the singles victory in the third set, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Rivera will square off against her second straight New Mexico opponent, facing Rachana Bhat in the final round, tomorrow.
"This was a tougher day as we faced stiff competition, but we were still able to find a way to win three of four doubles and reach two singles finals," said Liberty Head Coach Jeff Maren. "We are learning more about our games with every match, and so I am confident that we'll be an improved team by the end of the tournament."
Liberty concludes play tomorrow at the Colorado Invitational with singles play early, followed by the final round of doubles competition.