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Liberty Concludes Fall Schedule at Panther Invitational
The Liberty Lady Flames women's tennis squad travels to Miami, Fla., this weekend to take part in the Panther Invitational. Hosted by FIU, the three-day event will be the final fall tournament for the Lady Flames.
"We have been practicing hard for the last few weeks," commented Liberty assistant coach Giancarlo Lemmi. "We hope to post a great showing this weekend and finish the fall season strong. A tournament like this gives us the opportunity to play against great competition and better prepare us for the spring."
The invitational features players from four different institutions, Liberty, FIU, FGCU and Barry. The first round of doubles matches gets under way tomorrow at 11 a.m., with the finals being contested on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Singles tilts open tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Each of the Lady Flames' 10 players will see action in both doubles and singles action this weekend.
In Flight 1 doubles, Liberty's Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang challenge Carlotta Orlando and Aleksandra Trifunovic of FIU. Also competing in Flight 1 for the Lady Flames will be Maria Khval and Belen Rivera. The Liberty duo takes on Barry's Akemi Maehama and Cristina Valldares.
Cameron Richard and Annisha Domenech will compete in Flight 2 for Liberty, facing Giulietta Boha and Valentina Briceno of FIU. On Saturday, Lauren Mabe and Mariely Hassey also play Boha and Briceno in Flight 2. Nicola Wellman and Rebekah Jenkins conclude Flight 2 matches for the Lady Flames with a match versus Boha and Kamila Pavelkova on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Khval and Hassey will compete in the No. 1 singles draw for the Lady Flames, with Khval facing Barry's Karina Goia and Hassey challenging Nina Nagode of FIU. Both matches begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
In the No. 2 singles draw, starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Jenkins is pitted against Trifunovic, while Mabe contests Maehama. At 2 p.m., Rivera squares off versus Elizabeth Means of FGCU.
Domenech, Richard and Yang will each compete in the No. 3 singles draw. Domenech goes up against Bettina Botha of FGCU, Richard plays Barry's Jasi Witherspoon and Yang gets the nod versus Tina Mohorcic of FIU. Each match commences at 2 p.m.
The final singles draw features Wellman against Briceno on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Thong faces Briceno on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
"I'm really excited about going to Miami, especially since I am from Florida," mentioned Domenech. "I can't wait for the warm weather and to be close to the beach. Most importantly, I can't wait to go and compete with the girls. It's going to be a lot of fun. I think we're going to do great this weekend, because we have been training hard on and off the court and I know it's going to show at the tournament."