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Boda and Yang Highlight Weekend for Liberty at Hokie Fall Invite
"This tournament was exactly what we needed," commented head coach Jeff Maren. "We played quite a few matches against very good teams and were able to win 22 matches overall."
In singles action, Yang, Alexandra Sheeran and Nicola Wellman picked up first round wins on Friday. Yang topped Guinn Garcia of Wofford 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round in Flight B where she defeated Winthrop's Andressa Garcia 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. In round three, Marlen Hacke of Armstrong Atlantic ended Yang's run in the semifinals, downing the Lady Flames' sophomore 6-2, 6-0.
Competing in the Flight A bracket, Sheeran lost the first set 6-7 (4) to Wofford's Julia Paulson, before coming back and winning the last two sets 6-3, 6-4. Sheeran dropped her next match to Virginia Tech's Ilinca Stoica 6-0, 6-3.
Wellman picked up a three-set win over Tessa Johnson of Wofford, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, in Flight D. Wellman then lost a hard fought three-set match to UNC Willmington's Hamilton Lovett 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Also in Flight D, Jessie Boda fell to Jessica Gardefjord of Armstrong Atlantic in the first round. Boda responded with three consecutive wins, including a straight-set win over Wofford's Johnson in the consolation bracket final.
In doubles competition, Boda and Yang made a run through the Flight B bracket. They advanced with a first round win over Johnson and Audrey Coventry of Wofford, 8-3, before taking down Winthrop's Camille Armani and Garcia, 8-6. In the semifinals, Boda and Yang defeated Hamilton Lovett and Christina Riley of UNC Willmington, 8-3. The Liberty duo's bid for the championship fell just short as they were knocked off by UNC Willmington's Christine Kharkevitch and Alyssa Ritchie, 8-2.
"We learned more about our strengths and weaknesses this weekend," stated Maren. "This was good preparation for regionals in a few weeks."
The Lady Flames return to Blacksburg for the Atlantic Regionals, beginning on Oct. 19.