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Liberty Performs Well in Singles Versus James Madison on Day 2 of Liberty Invite

September 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Medina (right) and Soares (left) both won in doubles and singles on Sunday.

Medina (right) and Soares (left) both won in doubles and singles on Sunday.

The Liberty women's tennis team posted five singles victories in seven matches against a strong James Madison squad on day two of the Liberty Invite, Sunday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.

The Lady Flames squared off with the James Madison Dukes in both singles and doubles on the second day of competition, which featured a hidden dual format. Liberty's 5-2 mark came against a JMU team which posted a 21-4 mark during the 2017-18 campaign.

Liberty won 21 matches over the course of the two-day event on its home courts against just seven losses for a collective .750 winning percentage.

"This weekend provided us with a great springboard for the season, as we head many opportunities for growth and improvement," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "The girls played better from match to match and competed with desire and intensity, which I was impressed with. We are looking forward to our next tournament already!"

Seniors Maria Medina and Lara Soares were the two Lady Flames players to win in both doubles and singles on Sunday. In doubles, the duo won its match in a tiebreaker over the Dukes' Emma Petersen and Daria Afanasyeva, 7-6 (4).

Medina capped off a perfect 6-0 (3-0 doubles, 3-0 singles) weekend with a straight-sets triumph against her counterpart, Jona Roka. Soares, who posted five total wins during the two-day tournament, topped Afanasyeva in two sets (6-2, 6-3).

Lady Flames junior Kalani Soli joined Soares with five victories on the weekend, as well as, emerging victorious in her singles match on Sunday. The 6-3, 6-2 decision against Daniela Voloh of JMU brought Soli's singles record to 3-0 this fall.

Senior Rebekah Anderson also won five matches between Saturday and Sunday, including a singles match on Sunday in which she battled back from a one-set deficit and won a third set 10-point tiebreaker from Diane Flament (3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)).

Much like Anderson, senior Anna Dollar prevailed in a three-set match against her opponent, Emma Petersen (6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5).

Liberty's next tournament will be the Elon Fall Invitational, Friday through Sunday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C. The tournament was originally scheduled for last weekend, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.