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Liberty Sweeps Navy 7-0 on Saturday

February 2, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty swept Navy 7-0, Saturday at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

Liberty swept Navy 7-0, Saturday at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

The host Lady Flames swept the visiting Navy Midshipmen 7-0 in their home opener on Saturday morning at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

Liberty improves to 2-1 on the season and has now won its last two matches. The Lady Flames have won their last six home openers, dating back to 2014. Navy drops to 3-3 on the year. The other half of the Navy squad will play a home match against Saint Joseph's at 5 p.m.

In the inaugural meeting between the two programs, Liberty won all three doubles matches and also swept the singles session. The Lady Flames did not surrender a set to the Midshipmen in the match.

Liberty 7, Navy 0  

Singles Competition
1. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Wreder, Ansofi (NAVY) 7-5, 6-3
2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Hodge, Kaylah (NAVY) 6-4, 6-2
3. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Dervishian, Aimee (NAVY) 6-2, 6-3
4. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Cyr, Amanda (NAVY) 6-4, 6-2
5. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. Deng, Miranda (NAVY) 6-1, 7-5
6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Rico, Catalina (NAVY) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles Competition
1. Maria Medina/Nasha Ghajar (LIBERTYW) def. Cyr, Amanda/Rico, Catalina (NAVY) 6-4
2. Grace Hashiguchi/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Hodge, Kaylah/Deng, Miranda (NAVY) 6-3
3. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Dervishian, Aimee/Wreder, Ansofi (NAVY) 7-5

Liberty 2-1
Navy 3-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6)
Official: B Harrison/J Conley T-3:28

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"I'm really proud of our composure and mental strength today. Navy is well-coached and strong mentally as well, so we had to match their strength. I thought we did that. We are slowly but surely building in the right direction and are looking forward to next week's challenge already!"

How It Happened

  • The Lady Flames claimed all three doubles matches. Their No. 2 pairing of sophomore Grace Hashiguchi and junior Kalani Soli led throughout their match, defeating Navy's Kaylah Hodge and Miranda Deng 6-3. Playing together for the first time ever in a competitive match, Liberty senior Maria Medina and sophomore Nasha Ghajar won at No. 1 doubles, 6-4 against the Midshipmen's Amanda Cyr and Catalina Rico.
  • With Medina and Ghajar's victory sealing the doubles point and a 1-0 Lady Flames lead, Liberty seniors Ashley Bongart and Anna Dollar pulled out their team-leading eighth doubles win of 2018-19. Tied at 5-5, they took the last two games from Aimee Dervishian and Ansofi Wreder for a 7-5 triumph and sweep of the doubles session.
  • Soli bolstered Liberty's advantage, making it 2-0 with her two-set win (6-4, 6-2) on court two against Hodge. After winning the first set 6-1 on court five, Lady Flames freshman Alexandra Almborg found herself tied at 5-5 in the second set against Deng. Almborg won the next two games for a 6-1, 7-5 victory and 3-0 Liberty lead.
  • Shortly after Almborg's decision, Bongart closed out her match at No. 3 singles. The Bradenton, Fla., native defeated Dervishian in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). Bongart's victory, the second straight match in which she provided the fourth point for Liberty, brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Lady Flames.
  • Hashiguchi led during most of her match with Cyr on court four before picking up a 6-4, 6-2. At No. 1 singles, Medina topped Wreder in two sets, 7-5, 6-3. The senior's team-leading 14th victory of the year brought the score to 6-0.
  • The No. 6 singles match between Dollar (Liberty) and Rico (Navy) began as most of the other matches were wrapping out. Dollar bested Rico 6-3, 6-4.
  • This is Liberty's second straight 7-0 sweep, following a road sweep of UNCG, last Saturday. The Lady Flames had eight 7-0 victories in 2018.
  • Navy defeated a strong Maryland team 4-3, last Sunday. The Terrapins finished the 2018 season ranked No. 69 in the country.


Next Up

  • The Lady Flames will be back on the road for their next 12 matches, starting with a trip to ETSU (2-1), next Saturday. Liberty will also play at Furman (3-0), next Sunday.
  • Liberty and ETSU last met on Feb. 4, 2017 in Lynchburg, a match won by the Lady Flames, 4-3. It marked the first time Liberty ever defeated ETSU in women's tennis. Liberty and Furman have met one time, with the Paladins winning that matchup in 2017.