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Lady Flames Tennis Primed for 2 Non-Conference Matches on Saturday at Home

March 2, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames will take on UNCG and North Carolina A&T on Saturday in Lynchburg.

The Lady Flames will take on UNCG and North Carolina A&T on Saturday in Lynchburg.

Liberty women's tennis will begin the month of March by hosting a doubleheader on Saturday against UNCG and North Carolina A&T.

Saturday's first match between the Lady Flames (4-5) and UNCG Spartans (3-3) will begin at 11 a.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club (118 Davis Cup Rd.) in Lynchburg. Liberty will conclude its third doubleheader of the year with a match against the NC A&T Aggies (0-7) at 4 p.m.

The Lady Flames have won four of their last six matches despite recent setbacks to Virginia Tech (Feb. 17), who is now ranked No. 30 in the country, and James Madison (Feb. 24).

UNCG has won three of its last four contests, including victories over Big South opponents Gardner-Webb (Feb. 17) and UNC Asheville (Feb. 25). NC A&T is still in search of its first victory of 2018.

Series History
Liberty and UNCG will be facing each other for the fifth time ever but for the first time since the 2011 spring season. The Spartans hold a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. However, the Lady Flames won the most recent meeting, 5-2, on March 24, 2011 in Lynchburg.

Liberty and North Carolina A&T have met 10 times before but not since 2010. The Lady Flames own the 9-1 series edge, including a 6-1 triumph on April 7, 2010 in Greensboro, N.C. in the two squads' most recent clash.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live scoring, courtesy of Liberty Athletics Communications, will be available for both of Saturday's matches via StatBroadcast. Find the links for live scoring on the women's tennis schedule page on Additionally, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter and "libertywtennis" on Instagram for live updates throughout the course of the day.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty has captured the doubles point in six of the eight matches in which doubles were contested, posting a 16-7 mark. The Lady Flames have won the first point of the match in five straight contests, including most recently against James Madison, last Saturday.
  • Juniors Rebekah Anderson (3-1, .750) and Lara Soares (5-2, .714) are fifth and sixth in the Big South, respectively, in singles winning percentage, this spring. Soares is 4-1 in the No. 4 slot in the Liberty lineup and has won five straight singles matches overall.
  • Senior captain Evangeline Crist and junior Anna Dollar are one of five unbeaten doubles pairings in the conference. The duo is 4-0 at No. 1 doubles so far.
  • Anderson and freshman Grace Hashiguchi are No. 1 in the Big South in No. 3 doubles winning percentage (4-1, .800).
  • Junior Ashley Bongart paces all Liberty singles players with a 13-6 record. She is 4-3 in dual competition.
  • The Lady Flames were supposed to begin their Big South slate at home on Thursday against Campbell, but the match has been moved to March 15. Liberty is picked to finish second in the conference for a third straight year and captured a share of the regular-season crown in both 2016 and 2017.

Scouting UNCG
The Spartans, who are led by third-year head coach Ale Guerra, enter Saturday's contest with a 19-17 mark in singles and 6-11 mark in doubles during the spring. Brianna Gomez is a perfect 6-0 in the No. 6 slot, while Nancy Bridges is 4-0 at No. 1 singles and 4-2 overall. The doubles duo of Corinne Blythe and Alice Taylor paces UNCG with a 5-1 record in the No. 2 doubles position.

Scouting North Carolina A&T
The Aggies are coached by William Crutchfield. Crutchfield's seven-player squad, five of which are foreign-born, features a pair of seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. In doubles, the pairing of sophomore Kanishka Chawla and junior Angelica Martinez are 2-3 in the No. 3 slot.