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Liberty Set for No. 42 William & Mary, Sunday
The Liberty women's tennis squad will travel to Williamsburg, Va., for a non-conference tilt against No. 42 William & Mary. The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Flames enter the weekend with a 3-5 overall record, having most recently dropped back-to-back home matches against VCU and then No. 73 North Texas. The Lady Flames squandered a 3-1 lead against the Rams, falling by a final of 4-3 on Friday. Liberty then dropped a 4-2 decision against the Mean Green on Sunday.
Liberty is led in singles by Maria Khval who has posted a 5-3 overall mark this season. Freshman Anna Dollar has also had a successful start, posting a 4-3 singles record and a 6-2 doubles mark. Dollar was named this week's Big South Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week, her second conference recognition this spring.
Scouting the opponents
The Tribe enter the weekend with a 6-4 overall record, having a chance to improve on that mark with a match against Harvard on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. William & Mary most recently slipped in a 6-1 decision to then No. 10 Texas Tech. The Tribe have dropped three of their last five decisions, but earned a marquee upset victory over then No. 28 South Carolina on Feb. 6, 5-2.
Julia Casselbury and Elizaveta Nemchinov headline the Tribe, combining for a 21-10 mark this season in both singles and dual matches combined. Nemchinov enters the weekend ranked No. 89 in the latest ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings.
Khval and Belen Rivera continue to climb up the program's all-time singles wins ladder. On Friday, Khval moved one victory ahead of Rivera for sixth place in singles wins in program history with 52. Valerie Thong continues to search for the one doubles win that would tie her with Jordan Jenkins for the most all-time doubles wins in program history with 78.
Following this weekend's matchup, the Lady Flames will open Big South action on March 3 with a 2 p.m. matchup against Campbell in Lynchburg, Va.