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Liberty Wins in Dramatic Fashion 4-3 at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday

March 12, 2019  Boca Raton, Fla.   RSS
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Dollar delivered a three-set win to seal the match.

Dollar delivered a three-set win to seal the match.

Anna Dollar's Match Point

Liberty Lady Flames Anna Dollar's victory in the No. 6 singles match lifted the visitors past the Florida Atlantic Owls in dramatic fashion by a 4-3 score, Tuesday at the FAU Tennis Complex.

The Lady Flames led the Owls 3-1 before FAU won a pair of three-set matches to even the score at 3-3. With the stage set, Dollar, a senior, and her counterpart, Owls senior Kristen Thoms, were tied at three games apiece. The Liberty veteran claimed the next three games and the match (6-4, 3-6, 6-3).

Dollar's triumph extends the Lady Flames' winning streak to three matches. Liberty is now 6-5 on the year. FAU fell to 5-7 and has lost two straight.

Liberty 4, Florida Atlantic 3
Singles Competition
1. Martina Kudelova (FAU) def. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Nat. Kallmunzerova (FAU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Natalia Boltinskaya (FAU) def. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. May Kimhi (FAU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Barbora Palcatova (FAU) def. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) 6-4, 6-1
6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Kristen Thoms (FAU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Jemi Aguilar/Natalia Boltinskaya (FAU) vs. Maria Medina/Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 3-5, unfinished
2. Kalani Soli/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Barbora Palcatova/Nat. Kallmunzerova (FAU) 6-4
3. Anna Dollar/Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Martina Kudelova/May Kimhi (FAU) 6-2

Liberty 6-5
Florida Atlantic 5-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"I'm so proud of our team's fight today. Every court dug in and battled to the end with confidence. FAU is a very good team, so we had to play well to win. We are continuing with the momentum we've created over the last few weeks and are looking forward to our next match. To God be the glory!"

Thoughts From Senior Anna Dollar
"I'm so proud of the girls for their fight today! The energy was visible and audible throughout all six courts. We all had great matches. I was just lucky enough to the one that clinched it."

How It Happened

  • The Lady Flames won the match on the strength of their doubles play and singles victories on courts two, four and six. Liberty led 3-1 at one point in the match, but Florida Atlantic won the No. 1 and No. 3 singles bouts in three sets to even the match at 3-3.
  • The Lady Flames claimed the doubles point for the eighth time in 11 matches, this spring. Seniors Dollar and Ashley Bongart picked up a 6-2 victory at No. 3 doubles against FAU's Martina Kudelova and May Kimhi.
  • Liberty locked up the doubles point and took a 1-0 lead with a 6-4 victory from Grace Hashiguchi and Kalani Soli on court two over Barbara Palcatova and Natalie Kallmunzerova.
  • FAU evened the match at 1-1 with a win from Palcatova (6-4, 6-1) against Hashiguchi in two sets.
  • The Lady Flames claimed their second and third points of the match on courts two and four, respectively. Liberty's Soli continued her strong singles play of late, winning her third straight match. She defeated Kallmunzerova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. The visitors took a 3-1 advantage with senior Maria Medina's two-set triumph over Kimhi (7-6 (4), 6-3.
  • The Owls' Kudelova (No. 1 singles) overcame a 5-3 deficit in the third set to Bongart of the Lady Flames on the way to a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win, bringing FAU within one (3-2). FAU's Natalia Boltinskaya erased a one-set deficit against Liberty senior Lara Soares at No. 3  and came back to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Following Boltinskaya's win, the match was tied at 3-3.
  • Dollar delivered for the Lady Flames with her three set victory over Thoms (6-4, 3-6, 6-3). She has now won each of her last four matches.
  • Today's match was Liberty's first 4-3 outcome of 2019. The Lady Flames played in five 4-3 matches a season ago.
  • Liberty is now 2-0 all-time against FAU, with victories in 2017 and now 2019.
  • The Lady Flames have now won three straight true road matches for the first time since the 2015 season.

Next Up

  • The Lady Flames will look to win their fourth straight match when they face the Chattanooga Mocs (7-3), Thursday at 10 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Liberty and Chattanooga will be squaring off for the first time.