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Lady Flames Earn First Ever Top-75 ITA National Ranking
For the first time in the 14-year history of the Liberty women's tennis program, the Lady Flames are ranked inside the ITA's top-75 listing, coming in at No. 74 in this week's poll. Liberty is the lone Big South program to be nationally ranked so far this season.
"This ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players and staff," commented Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "We are so thankful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for giving us the ability to play this game so that we can enjoy the journey and glorify Him."
Liberty (7-3, 2-1 Big South) is off to its best 10-match start since the 2008 season. That year, the Lady Flames started 7-3 and finished with a 13-4 record. Liberty has put together winning streaks of three and four matches so far this season. Two of the Lady Flames' three losses this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents in Kansas State and Kansas, which are ranked No. 58 and No. 33, respectively.
Before the ITA reduced its national poll to just the top-75 teams in the country, Liberty received a No. 130 ranking during the 2009 season.
The Lady Flames put their new national ranking to the test this weekend when they travel to face another nationally-ranked opponent in Marshall (No. 63) on Saturday. The contest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.