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Soli Captures Four Medals at 2019 Pacific Games

July 22, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Soli (far right) claimed four bronze medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

Soli (far right) claimed four bronze medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

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Liberty women's tennis rising senior Kalani Soli captured four medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

Soli, represented her nation, America Samoa, and earned bronze medals in the singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team events at Apia Park Tennis Courts. She became the first athlete in her nation's history to medal in four events.

The Pacific Games is a multi-sport event, much like the Olympic Games, with participation exclusively from countries around the South Pacific Ocean region. The event featured 24 nations, 26 sports and approximately 3,500 athletes. The Pacific Games are held every four years and began in 1963. The 2019 Pacific Games began on July 7 with an opening ceremony and commenced this past Saturday.

"It is a privilege to represent my country. My goal was not only to represent American Samoa to the best of my ability but to give the kids and the people back home someone to look up to," Soli said. "I had a great experience. Thanks to everyone who was supporting me both in American Samoa and the states."

Soli was an ASUN All-Conference first team performer for the Lady Flames in 2019. She was also the second player in program history to receive VaSID All-State singles team recognition. Soli closed out her first season at Liberty as the 14th-ranked singles player in the Atlantic Region after a season which saw her post a 24-6 singles mark and a perfect 15-0 record in the No. 2 slot in the lineup.

"We are so happy for Kalani's accomplishments in the Pacific Games! She represented American Samoa well and made her Liberty family very proud," stated Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "Kalani has amazing gifts, and it's a pleasure to see her using those gifts to the best of her ability."