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Lady Flames Collect Four Wins on Day One of Wake Forest Invite

September 30, 2016  Winston-Salem, N.C.  RSS
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Hassey won a singles and doubles match on day one of the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday.

Hassey won a singles and doubles match on day one of the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday.

The Liberty women's tennis team picked up four total wins, two in singles and two in doubles, on day one of the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday.

Mariely Hassey and Emily Groeneveld both earned singles victories, and they teamed up for a doubles win. Additionally, the doubles squad of Eugenia Camacho and Audrey Brown won their second match of the day.

In her opening match at B singles, Hassey defeated Winthrop's Megan Kauffman, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 to advance to a quarterfinal match on Saturday. She will face East Carolina's Nastja Rettich at 10:30 a.m.

Groeneveld took down Joanna Zalewski of No. 29 Wake Forest, 6-4, 6-2, in A singles. The senior will face Elon's Erica Braschi on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

After an opening round loss in B doubles, Hassey and Groeneveld bested Navy's Claudia Mackenzie and Emily Louie-Meadors, 8-1. The duo takes on Western Carolina's Savannah Taranto and Jordan Strickland tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Camacho and Brown suffered an opening round loss but earned an 8-5 victory over Winthrop's Arianna Pepper and Peggy Rooke. The win was the first of Camacho's collegiate career. The doubles team squares off against Navy's Rozel Hernandez and Sabrina Jiang at 9 a.m. on day two of competition.

"We played some tough competition, and we were able to come through and win several matches. I'm very proud of Mariely for beating Winthrop and Emily for defeating a tough Wake Forest player," said assistant coach Giancarlo Lemmi.

The Lady Flames resume play on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at both the Wake Forest Tennis Center and Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.