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Lady Flames Defeat Colonials 6-1 in Nation's Capital

March 8, 2019  Washington, D.C.   RSS
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Soli and the Lady Flames won 6-1 at George Washington, Friday.

Soli and the Lady Flames won 6-1 at George Washington, Friday.

The visiting Liberty Flames earned their second straight road victory, a 6-1 decision over the host George Washington Colonials on Friday afternoon at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.        

Liberty bolsters its 2019 record to 5-5 overall and has now won three of its last four matches. George Washington sees its record move to 5-4 with the loss.

Liberty 6, George Washington 1
Singles Competition
1. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. SIOPACHA, Maria (GW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. GRUBAC, Sara (GW) 7-5, 6-1
3. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) def. BAYRAKTAROGLU, Melis (GW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
4. MARINKOVIKJ, Katarin (GW) def. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. DE LUNA, Xenia (GW) 6-2, 6-2
6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. KOGAN, Victoria (GW) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. SIOPACHA, Maria/BAYRAKTAROGLU, Melis (GW) 6-4
2. Kalani Soli/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. GRUBAC, Sara/MARINKOVIKJ, Katarin (GW) 6-2
3. Anna Dollar/Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. DE LUNA, Xenia/KOGAN, Victoria (GW) 6-0

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

Thoughts From Associate Head Coach Giancarlo Lemmi
"We are very proud of the way our girls competed today! We talked a lot about energy and execution this week, and they all brought it. We can't wait to build on today's matches and keep getting better."

How It Happened

  • For a seventh time this season, Liberty won the doubles point. The Lady Flames swept the doubles session for a third time this year, winning a combined 18 games, compared to just six for the Colonials. It started on court three with Liberty seniors Anna Dollar and Ashley Bongart earning a dominating 6-0 victory over Xenia Luna and Victoria Kogan.
  • Junior Kalani Soli and Grace Hashiguchi clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 triumph against Sara Grubac and Katarin Marinkovikj in the No. 2 doubles bout. In the No. 1 match, Liberty seniors Lara Soares and Maria Medina topped Maria Siopacha and Melis Bayraktaroglu by a 6-4 score to complete the sweep.
  • The Lady Flames also dominated the singles session, winning on five of six courts. Dollar (No. 6 singles) was victorious in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) over Kogan. Despite dropping the first set of her match, Soares (No. 3 singles) came back to top Bayraktaroglu in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-0). Soares' victory put Liberty within a point of victory at 3-0.
  • At No. 2 singles, Soli defeated Grubac in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1, giving the Lady Flames their match-clinching fourth point.
  • Hashiguchi won in the No. 5 position in Liberty's lineup, 6-2, 6-2 over De Luna. Like Soares, Bongart erased a one-set deficit and defeated Siopacha 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Bongart's victory pushed the Liberty advantage to 6-0.
  • The third three-set match of the day went to Marinkovikj (No. 4 singles) over Medina (4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)) and gave the Colonials their only point of the day.
  • Liberty is now 4-1 all-time against George Washington.

Next Up

  • Liberty will play three matches over spring break, starting with a road match at Florida Atlantic next Tuesday at 10 a.m.
  • The Lady Flames will also compete at Chattanooga on Thursday (10 a.m.), followed by their first-ever ASUN match at Florida Gulf Coast, March 17 at 10 a.m.