The Lady Flames will host Elon, Troy and Shaw in Lynchburg, this weekend.
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The Liberty women's tennis team will make their home debut this weekend, hosting matches against Elon, Troy and Shaw.
The Lady Flames (1-3) will kick off their home slate on Friday at 2 p.m. against Elon (3-2) at Crosswhite Athletic Club (118 Davis Cup Road, Lynchburg).
On Sunday, Liberty will play its second doubleheader of the season, taking on Sun Belt Conference foe Troy (0-2) at 11 a.m. and Division II powerhouse Shaw (0-0) at 4 p.m. Both of Sunday's contests will also be contested at Crosswhite Athletic Club.
"We are excited to play at home this weekend against some very well-coached, competitive teams," said Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "Our girls are beginning to heal from the injuries and sicknesses that have plagued us recently, so we are looking forward to getting back to full health and battling against opponents that will push us to our limits."
Series History Liberty and Elon have met six times prior to Friday's match, while the Lady Flames will be facing both Troy and Shaw for the first time.
The Lady Flames last played Elon during the 2016 spring campaign, a match won, 6-1, by Liberty (Feb. 6, 2016). Despite that setback, the Elon Phoenix still hold the advantage in the all-time series, 4-2.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Live scoring through StatBroadcast, courtesy of Liberty Athletics Communications, will be available for all three matches over the weekend at Crosswhite Athletic Club. Find the links for each match on the Liberty women's tennis schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.
In addition, follow on Twitter for live updates throughout the matches and follow "libertywtennis" on Instagram for live videos and photos.
Early Season Update Liberty split its pair of matches last weekend in Texas against Texas A&M (4-1 loss) and Stephen F. Austin (4-0 win). Junior Lara Soares delivered the only point in the match against the Aggies. Against the Ladyjacks, the Lady Flames captured the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles bouts. They received singles victories from junior Maria Medina (No. 1), freshman Polina Miroshnichenko (No. 4) and senior Evangeline Crist (No. 3) to secure their first victory of the spring 2018 campaign.
The Lady Flames dropped a pair of matches in the Northeast (Jan. 21 and Jan. 22) to open the season. Liberty fell, 4-3, to Dartmouth and 5-2 to Boston University.
Liberty is a combined 8-12 in singles competition over the course of its first four matches. Crist (74 wins) is one win away from 75 career singles victories at Liberty and has a pair of singles wins this spring, while junior Rebekah Anderson shares the team lead with two victories. The Lady Flames are 4-5 in doubles matches with five different doubles combinations.
Scouting Elon The Elon Phoenix, members of the CAA, have three wins against two losses to begin 2018. They defeated North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Wesleyan and Meredith while incurring setbacks to Furman and Duke. Last year, the Phoenix went 18-8 overall, with an impressive 14-2 home record.
Head coach Elizabeth Anderson, in her 14th year at the helm of the program, has three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and a freshman on her 2017-18 roster. Through its first five spring matches, Elon is 21-9 (.700) in singles and 10-4 (.714) in doubles. Sophomore Sofia Edo is 3-0 at No. 5 singles, while freshman Mia Wallace is 3-0 at No. 6. Senior Erica Braschi is 4-1 at the top of the lineup (1-0 at No. 1, 3-1 at No. 2), while Braschi and doubles partner Montana Moore are a combined 3-1, this spring.
Scouting Troy The Trojans (8-15, 2-2 Sun Belt 2017), who finished as the runner-up in the Sun Belt Conference Championships last spring, will face Elon on Saturday morning before taking on Liberty on Sunday. Troy is 0-2 in 2018, with losses coming at South Florida and at UCF in the early stages of the spring.
The Trojans' roster features a unique blend of experience and youth with four seniors and three freshmen. Rawia Elsisi is in her eighth year as head coach. Troy had a strong fall, compiling a .638 winning percentage (60-34) in singles and .667 winning percentage in doubles (26-13). The team has a pair of players with 12 or more singles wins on the year in Efriliya Herlina (13-6) and Nancy Karaky (12-6). Karaky and Sanae Ohta (11-7 doubles) will likely be the Trojans' top doubles pairing on Sunday.
Scouting Shaw The Shaw Bears are a very strong Division II program who will be playing their first match of the spring against the Lady Flames. In 2017, the Bears finished 21-3 overall and 12-1 in conference on their way to winning the CIAA title and advancing to the first round of the NCAA Atlantic Region Tournament. This year's group, coached by Sunday Enitan, is comprised of three seniors, four juniors and a sophomore.
A year ago, Daniela Vanko posted an 18-1 mark in the No. 1 position, while Simbiat Aleem went 20-2 overall, playing primarily as the No. 5 (19-2). Shaw posted a 99-18 (.846) singles mark and 58-11 (.841) record in doubles in 2017.