After taking a 12-day break, the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team returns to the courts on Friday with a road match at George Washington. The contest is scheduled to begin at noon in the nation's capital. Liberty (3-2) is looking to bounce back after dropping its last two matches. The Lady Flames opened the season 3-0 for the first time in program history, but suffered back-to-back losses to No. 53 Kansas State and Kansas.
Friday's Valentine's Day clash will be the third meeting all-time between Liberty and George Washington. The Lady Flames have won the previous two contests, with the most recent victory coming in 2008.
Liberty freshman Maria Khval and sophomore Belen Rivera are tied for the team lead with four singles wins apiece. Another freshman, Mariely Hassey, playing at the No. 3 position, is second on the squad with a perfect 3-0 singles mark. In doubles play, Khval and Rebekah Jenkins are a team-best 3-1 while competing at the No. 1 spot.
Winning the doubles point has been a recipe for success for Liberty, as the squad is 3-0 in matches in which they've won the doubles tally. As a team, the Lady Flames are 17-13 in singles contests and 7-6 in doubles tilts.
Not only will the Colonials be looking for their first win ever against Liberty on Friday, they will also be seeking their first victory of the 2014 season. GW is 0-2 after opening the year with losses to Maryland and Navy. The Colonials are 4-8 in singles matches and 1-5 in doubles tilts through the first two contests.
Leading the way for GW is Lana Robbins, who is ranked No. 17 amongst singles performers in the ITA's Atlantic Region. The sophomore was named the Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Performer of the Week on Feb. 4. At the No. 2 singles position, Leah Pascarella is a team-best 2-0. The duo of Robbins and Grace Egger has the lone doubles win this season for the Colonials.
After playing its first six matches on the road, Liberty will open its home schedule on Feb. 21 against Morgan Sate. The contest is scheduled to begin at 2:30 at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
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