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Rodriguez to Join Lady Flames Tennis Beginning in Fall 2019

January 18, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rodriguez hails from Mexico City, Mexico.

Rodriguez hails from Mexico City, Mexico.

The Liberty women's tennis program has announced the addition of Dianela Rodriguez for the 2019-20 academic year.

"Dianela is a female version of Rafael Nadal. She has tremendous energy and mental strength and has the ability to wear her opponents down," stated Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "She will be a great asset on court and in practice. More importantly, she will be a great team player for us!"

Rodriguez hails from Mexico City, Mexico and has achieved a No. 1 Mexico national ranking. She is a Nationals grade 1 champion in singles and doubles. Rodriguez's best International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking is No. 372.

At the 15k Mexico City tournament, she reached the quarterfinals in doubles and the round of 16 in singles. Rodriguez is also a Honduras Junior Bowl singles champion.

She also reached the singles round of 32 at the Grade 1 Mundial Juvenil Tenis (world youth tennis) Cuenca Ecuador and the doubles round of 16 at the Grade A Abierto Juvenil (youth open).

"I chose Liberty University because when I visited campus, the coaches and players were really nice to me and treated me like I was part of their family already," Rodriguez stated. "I felt that the coaches really care about their tennis players and their growth on and off the court, and they push their players to give their best in practices. I love the campus as well and all the facilities, and I think it's a really good place and a good choice!"

Rodriguez is the fourth player in the Liberty women's tennis program's recruiting class, joining Esther Lovato (Austin, Texas), Eloise Saraty (West Molesey, Great Britain) and Micaela Ode Mitre (Lima, Peru).