Lady Flames freshman standout Maria Khval garnered her second Big South weekly award of the season on Tuesday, collecting the Crons Brand Rookie of the Week plaudit.
Khval was also named the conference's player of the week on Jan. 28, and joins fellow freshman Mariely Hassey as Lady Flames' rookie of the week honorees in 2014.
Khval delivered the clinching point in Liberty's 6-0 shutout of George Washington last Friday. The Minsk, Belarus, native matched teammate Belen Rivera for the team lead with her fifth singles win of the season. Khval ousted Leah Pascarella, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, at No. 2. The freshman has now won two matches in a row. In doubles play, Khval and partner Rebekah Jenkins lead the way with a 3-1 mark at the No. 1 position.
Khval and the rest of the Lady Flames return to the court for their home opener on Friday against Morgan State. Match time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
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