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Women's Tennis Announces 2014-15 Schedule
Liberty women's tennis head coach Jeff Maren has announced the team's schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Maren enters his third season with the team, and in doing so, has revamped the schedule to push the team to the next level.
"We will be challenged from the very beginning with tournaments this fall that include many top-ranked teams. Our spring schedule will force us to be constantly prepared by maximizing our efforts as we confront formidable opponents throughout the season," stated Maren.
Liberty opens its fall schedule by traveling to Elon on Sept. 12-14. The Lady Flames will continue to be challenged as they will face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Oct. 3-5. To conclude the fall schedule, Liberty will travel to compete at the West Virginia Invitational on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
The Lady Flames will open the spring season at home when they host Wofford on Jan. 16. The Big South opener will also be at home as Longwood will travel into Lynchburg, Va., on Feb. 25. The spring schedule is highlighted by competitors such as Florida International, Marshall as well as a trip to California to take on Pacific and Cal Poly.
The Lady Flames will be led by seniors Brittany Yang and Nicola Wellman as they try to climb up the national rankings, as seen last year when Liberty caught a glimpse of the top 75 for the first time. The two seniors combined for a 28-10 overall record in singles competition last year, leading the team to finish the year ranked No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the highest ranking in program history.
In the 2014 spring season, Liberty posted a 15-9 (7-2 Big South) overall record, marking the fifth consecutive season with double digit victories. After earning the No. 3 seed for the Big South Women's Tennis Championship, Liberty knocked off the No. 6 seed Radford, 4-1, in the quarterfinals before falling to Winthrop in the semifinals.
The Lady Flames return five singles starters and two out of three doubles pairs for the upcoming season. Liberty will also welcome freshman Evangeline Crist, who was ranked No. 61 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net and is a four-star recruit. Emily Groeneveld will also join the roster, transferring from East Carolina University, where she played as high as No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles last season for the Pirates.
"We truly believe that if we push ourselves to reach our daily potential, then our goals of winning conference and moving up the national rankings can be achieved," stated Maren.