Liberty juniors Ashley Bongart and Maria Medina once again faced challenging competition on day two of the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center. Bongart and Medina both went 1-1 in singles on the day.
"I'm proud of how our girls competed today. We learned a lot about the importance of composure and mental toughness," stated Lady Flames head coach Jeff Maren. "I have no doubt that we've improved as a result of this tournament."
Bongart, who reached the quarterfinals via two victories on Friday, fell in her quarterfinal match on Saturday to UCF's Monica Matias (6-2, 6-0). Bongart bounced back later in the day by defeating Virginia Tech's Katherine Butler in a three-set bout.
After dropping set one, 6-3, the Bradenton, Fla., native claimed the second set, 6-3, and a third-set 10-point tiebreaker, 10-6, for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) triumph. Her third victory in two days now gives her six singles wins in her first year as a Lady Flame.
Medina prevailed in three sets (6-0, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (10-6)) in her first match of the day against Clemson's Daniela Ruiz, her seventh victory in her first season with the Lady Flames. The Liberty junior fell, 6-0, 7-6 (3) to Sofia Perez of Florida Gulf Coast in her second match of the day.
Bongart and Medina combined for five singles victories over the course of two days.
The three-day tournament, the only collegiate clay court tournament in the United States, will wrap on Sunday. Liberty's Bongart and Medina will not compete in any matches on the final day of competition.