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Medina, Miroshnichenko Honored by Big South on Wednesday

February 14, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Medina (left) and Miroshnichenko (right) were named Big South Player of the Week and Big South Freshman of the Week, respectively.

Medina (left) and Miroshnichenko (right) were named Big South Player of the Week and Big South Freshman of the Week, respectively.

Following a perfect 3-0 week, two Lady Flames, Maria Medina and Polina Miroshnichenko, garnered recognition from the Big South Conference on Wednesday.

Medina has been named the Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Miroshnichenko garnered Big South Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week recognition.

Both players are being honored by the Big South for the first time in their careers. Medina is the Lady Flames' first conference player of the week since Mariely Hassey (March 1, 2017). Miroshnichenko is the team's first freshman of the week since Eugenia Camacho (April 17, 2017).

"Maria and Polina played well this past week and exemplified the grit that our entire team has been striving to produce on a daily basis," said Lady Flames head coach Jeff Maren. "It starts in practice and in the gym and has carried into match play. I'm very proud of their performance!"

Wednesday marks the first time since April 13, 2011 that the Lady Flames have both the Big South Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week in the same week. On that date, Jordan Jenkins, Liberty's all-time singles wins leader, and Alexandra Sheeran were named player of the week and freshman of the week, respectively.

Medina posted a 2-0 mark in both singles and doubles last week. Last Friday against Elon's Olivia Lucas, she dropped the first game of the first set before winning the next 12 games for a 6-1, 6-0 triumph. The victory provided Liberty a 2-0 lead in the match on the way to a 6-1 win over the Phoenix. Earlier in that match, her victory with doubles partner Lara Soares in the No. 2 match clinched the doubles point for Liberty.

On Sunday, the Venezuela native teamed with Soares for a 6-1 doubles victory over Troy in the No. 2 slot. In singles, she won a hard-fought three-set battle (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) against the Trojans' No. 1 player Sanae Ohta, which gave the Lady Flames the match-clinching fourth point.

Miroshnichenko also went unbeaten (3-0 singles, 1-0 doubles), last week. In singles competition, she won two of her three matches in straight sets. Her one three-set match came on Sunday against Troy's Maria Casas Blas, and she overcame a one-set deficit to emerge with a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9) victory. The Russia native's triumph sealed Liberty's first 7-0 victory since its 2017 season opener.

Later in the afternoon, she dominated her match (6-0, 6-0) against Shaw's Andrijana Martic in the No. 4 singles match, which pushed the Liberty lead to 2-0 on the way to another 7-0 victory. In doubles, she teamed with fellow Russian Aleksandra Panchenko for a 6-2 win in the No. 2 position to seal the doubles point.

Medina, Miroshnichenko and the Lady Flames (4-3) are back in action on Saturday at Virginia Tech (4-0) at 11 a.m.