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Lady Flames Tennis Ready for 2 Big South Matches, 1 Non-Conference Bout

March 29, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (9-7, 3-0 BSC) will take on Asheville, Winthrop and Roanoke, this weekend.

Liberty (9-7, 3-0 BSC) will take on Asheville, Winthrop and Roanoke, this weekend.

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After opening the year 3-0 in conference play, Liberty (9-7, 3-0 Big South) will welcome a pair of Big South foes and a non-conference opponent to Lynchburg on Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Flames will host UNC Asheville (9-6, 2-2 Big South) in a televised conference match on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Cook Tennis Center.

On Saturday, Liberty will take on Big South leader Winthrop (12-4, 6-0 Big South) at 10 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. match against Roanoke (7-1, 2-1 ODAC).

Series History
The Lady Flames are 14-4 all-time against Asheville. They most recently bested the Bulldogs, 6-1, on Feb. 18, 2017 in Asheville, N.C.

Winthrop, which has captured 14 of the past 16 Big South Women's Tennis Championship titles, including the past two (2016, 2017), has taken 22 of 23 all-time meetings from Liberty. The Eagles bested the Lady Flames, 5-2, in 2017 (April 1).

While the two schools are only separated by about an hour, Liberty and Roanoke have never met in a women's tennis match.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A live video stream of the match, courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN), will be available for Friday's Liberty-UNC Asheville match on the Big South network. Live scoring for all three matches will be provided by Liberty Athletics Communications. Find the links for live video and live scoring on the women's tennis schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

For social media updates before, during and after each match, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter and "libertywtennis" on Instagram.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Senior captain Evangeline Crist has won her last six singles matches to get to 16 victories, this season. She now has 84 for her career, just three behind the Liberty women's tennis program record of 87 singles wins (Jordan Jenkins, 2008-11). Crist (14-4 doubles) is also closing in on the doubles record. The Lilburn, Ga., native has 88 career doubles victories and is just three from passing Valerie Thong (90 wins, 2013-16) for the most in program history.
  • Grace Hashiguchi is this week's Big South Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week. She garnered the distinction for the first time in her career following a 2-0 weekend in doubles in road victories at Charleston Southern and Presbyterian, last weekend. Hashiguchi and her partner, junior Rebekah Anderson, are a team-best 8-2 in spring doubles.
  • Seven of Liberty's nine wins this spring have come by a 6-1 or 7-0 count. Their other two wins were 4-0 over Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 4) and 5-2 over UNCG (March 3).
  • The Lady Flames have been equally impressive in doubles (31-12, .721) and singles (58-34, .630) in the spring. Junior Lara Soares is a team-best 11-3 in singles, including a Big-South best 6-1 record in the No. 3 slot in the lineup. Liberty got its 100th singles win of the 2017-18 season last Sunday at PC, a two-set win for junior Ashley Bongart (6-4, 7-6 (5)). The Lady Flames won 93 matches during the 2016-17 campaign.
  • Liberty's 6-1 win at Charleston Southern last Saturday marked the first time the Lady Flames have ever won a match at CSU. It was also Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren's 80th victory at Liberty. Maren and the Lady Flames are 38-9 in Big South play in his time at Liberty.

 

Scouting UNC Asheville
The Bulldogs, coached by Lise Gregory, have defeated Gardner-Webb and Longwood in conference play and lost to Charleston Southern and Winthrop. Their doubles unit of Hannah Francisco and Kylee Shipley are 12-3 in the No. 1 slot, good for the second-best record in the Big South. In singles, Emily Sidor (10-4 overall, 7-2 No. 2) has the best record for Asheville, followed by Shipley (10-5 overall, 9-5 No. 1).

Scouting Winthrop
The Eagles are led by Lauren Proctor, the 26th-ranked player in the country in singles. Proctor is 12-2 in the No. 1 singles position and 14-0 at No. 1 doubles with her partner, Megan Kauffman. Proctor and Kauffman are the No. 54 doubles duo in the nation.

Head coach Cid Carvalho's squad also features Alisa Soloveva (13-2, 12-2 No. 2 singles), Aida Kelic (10-6 overall, 9-6 No. 5 singles) and the doubles pairing of Soloveva and Tayla Van Eck (8-3 No. 2 doubles).

Scouting Roanoke
The Maroons, coached by Daniel Ragsdale, are currently 7-1 overall and will face Sweet Briar on Friday prior to coming to Lynchburg on Saturday. The Maroons' back half of the singles lineup has been strong, with Carolyn Kitsock (6-1 No. 5) and Tracy Kile (5-1 No. 6) leading the charge. Avery Smith is 6-1 overall in singles between the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Kitsock and Janny Alvarado are 4-0 so far in doubles.