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Lady Flames Get 5-2 Road Win Against Dukes, Sunday Afternoon

March 3, 2019  Harrisonburg, Va.   RSS
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Liberty topped JMU 5-2 on Sunday in Harrisonburg.

Liberty topped JMU 5-2 on Sunday in Harrisonburg.

The Lady Flames tennis team earned a 5-2 decision over the James Madison Dukes at JMU's East Campus Courts, Sunday afternoon.

Liberty improves to 4-5 on the year and has won two of its last three matches. James Madison drops to 5-5 in 2019 and has lost four of five.

Liberty 5, James Madison 2

Singles Competition
1. #107 Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Daria Afanasyeva (JMUW) 6-3, 6-1
2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Abby Amos (JMUW) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Daniela Voloh (JMUW) def. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 6-3
4. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Jona Roka (JMUW) 6-1, 6-3
5. Emma Petersen (JMUW) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-3, 6-1
6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Amanda Nord (JMUW) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Abby Amos/Daria Afanasyeva (JMUW) 6-4
2. Grace Hashiguchi/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Jona Roka/Daniela Voloh (JMUW) 6-2
3. Emma Petersen/Amanda Nord (JMUW) vs. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) 5-5, unfinished

Liberty 4-5
James Madison 5-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,2,4,5,6)

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"Solid win today against a very good team. I was very proud of how our team stayed composed and problem solved throughout their matches. I'm looking forward to our next match already!"

Thoughts From Senior Maria Medina
"I think that the girls brought it today. The energy was there, and we were playing and fighting hard for each other. I can't wait to play the next match with my teammates on my side supporting each other."


How It Happened

  • Liberty started the afternoon strong, winning the doubles point for the sixth time in nine matches, this season. Sophomore Grace Hashiguchi and junior Kalani Soli led throughout their No. 2 doubles match with Jona Roka and Daniela Voloh, winning 6-2. Hashiguchi and Soli are now 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in spring doubles.
  • The Lady Flames led 5-4 on courts one and three as well. Liberty's top duo, Lara Soares and Maria Medina, closed out a 6-4 win of their own against JMU's Abby Amos and Daria Afanasyeva. The Lady Flames led 1-0 in the match after claiming the doubles point.
  • JMU's Voloh put the hosts on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 final over Soares on court three.
  • The 1-1 tie did not last for long, as No. 1 singles player Ashley Bongart of Liberty dominated her match against Afanasyeva. The senior, who is the 107th-ranked singles player in the nation, won in straight sets (6-3, 6-1), which gave Liberty a lead it would never relinquish.
  • At No. 2 singles, Soli (Liberty) dug herself out of a one-set hole, coming back to best Amos in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Her victory put the visitors within a point of victory (3-1).
  • Medina put the match away with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory over Roka in the No. 4 slot. The Lady Flames led the Dukes 4-1 following her triumph.
  • The Dukes' Emma Petersen provided the home side its second point of the afternoon by winning in straight sets against Alexandra Almborg on court five (6-3, 6-1).
  • The final match to start was between Liberty senior Anna Dollar and JMU freshman Amanda Nord. The Liberty veteran defeated the rookie 6-3, 6-2. Dollar's victory, the 57th singles win of her Liberty career, settled the final score at 5-2 in favor of the Lady Flames.
  • Liberty's win was its first over JMU since 2015. The Dukes had taken the previous two meetings (2017, 2018).


Next Up

  • The Lady Flames' next match will be at George Washington on Friday at noon.
  • Liberty owns a 3-1 all-time series edge over the Colonials. The Lady Flames won the first three meetings before George Washington picked up a 4-3 win in the last meeting (March 4, 2017).