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Lady Flames to Compete Against JMU Dukes, Saturday Morning

February 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames will look to knock off unbeaten JMU (6-0), Saturday.

The Lady Flames will look to knock off unbeaten JMU (6-0), Saturday.

Liberty (4-4) and James Madison (6-0) will battle each other in a non-conference match, Saturday at 10 a.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

The Lady Flames have prevailed in four of their last five matches, while JMU has won each of its first six contests to start the 2018 season.

Series History
The all-time series between the Lady Flames and Dukes is even at 5-5. James Madison topped Liberty last year, 4-3. The Lady Flames won the previous matchup, 5-2, in 2015.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live scoring, courtesy of Liberty Athletics Communications, will be available for Saturday's match. Find the link for live scoring on the women's tennis schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Additionally, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter for updates during the match.  

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Lady Flames junior Lara Soares has won her last four singles matches, the longest current streak on the team (Texas A&M, Elon, Troy and Virginia). The native of Brazil has won the last two bouts in three-set fashion.
  • Senior captain Evangeline Crist, who celebrated a birthday on Tuesday, has 75 career singles victories. She is second in program history in career singles wins, needing 13 to surpass Jordan Jenkins (87 wins, 2012-15).
  • Liberty has captured the doubles point in five of the seven matches in which doubles were contested, posting a 14-6 record. They've won the first point of the match in four straight matches, including at Virginia Tech last Saturday.
  • Liberty is 26-18 in singles and 14-6 in doubles, this spring. The Lady Flames' strongest doubles unit has been junior Rebekah Anderson and freshman Grace Hashiguchi, who are 4-1 in the No. 3 slot in the lineup. Lara Soares and Maria Medina are 4-2 as the No. 2 doubles unit and are currently on a three-match winning streak.
  • Liberty junior Maria Medina and freshman Polina Miroshnichenko were named the Big South Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, on Feb. 14 by the league office. It marked the first time since 2011 that Liberty women's tennis swept the awards (BSC POW, BSC FOW).

Scouting James Madison
The Dukes are off to their 6-0 start on the strength of wins over Saint Francis (Pa.), West Virginia, Penn State, Navy, Howard and Morgan State. JMU is 32-4 in singles in 2018, led by Jona Roka (6-0 overall, 5-0 No. 1) and Elizabeth Norman (6-0 overall, 5-0 No. 2). In doubles, the Dukes are 14-4 and paced by Roka and Dylan Owens (4-0 overall, 3-0 No. 3). Head coach James Bryce has used seven different doubles combinations in the first six matches. A year ago, the JMU finished 17-8 overall and 3-3 in the CAA.