Liberty women's tennis players Ashley Bongart and Maria Medina both performed admirably on day one of the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic on Friday at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center.
Bongart won both of her matches and will play in tomorrow's quarterfinals, while Medina split her pair of matches on the first day of the tournament. The prestigious tournament is the only collegiate clay court tournament in the United States.
"Maria and Ashley battled hard against solid opponents today and gained valuable experience as they had to problem solve against different styles of play while playing on a different surface (clay)," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "Both are already mentally strong, but these matches will certainly enhance that part of their game."
Bongart dominated her first match of the day, a quick two-set victory (6-1, 6-0) over USF's Alexandria Mjos. In her second match of the day, Bongart defeated Teodora Sevo of Appalachian State, 7-5, 6-1. The Liberty junior is now 5-2 in singles this fall and will face UCF's Monica Matias in a quarterfinal match, Saturday at 10 a.m.
Medina also knocked off her first opponent, Madison Gallegos of Florida Gulf Coast, in straight sets. After taking the first set, 6-1, Medina topped Gallegos in a second-set tiebreaker, 7-6, for her team-leading sixth singles triumph.
The Cumana, Venezuela, native ran into a challenging foe in the second round in No. 4 seed Marina Guinart of Oklahoma State, falling in straight sets (6-1, 6-0). Medina will play an additional match on Saturday.
Bongart and Medina started their day with a loss (8-1) to the No. 2 seed Ksenia Kuznetsova and Maria Martinez of UCF. Six of the nine games in the match went to deuce point.
Day two of the tournament will resume at 9 a.m. with doubles, followed by singles at 10 a.m. Find live results from the event here.
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