Behind a strong singles session, the Liberty Lady Flames took over first place in the ASUN Conference by defeating the North Florida Ospreys 4-3 in front of their home crowd, Saturday at the Cook Tennis Center.
Liberty has now won five straight matches overall and improves to 12-6 on the season, 5-1 in the ASUN and 4-0 at home. UNF, who is the four-time defending ASUN champion, falls to 13-6 and 4-1 in the ASUN and sees its 10-match winning streak ended by the Lady Flames. Liberty won four of six singles matches in the match, including victories from Kalani Soli (No. 2), Ashley Bongart (No. 1), Lara Soares (No. 3).
The Lady Flames have now won nine of their last 10 matches. Liberty (5-1) moves into first place in league, a half game ahead of both North Florida (4-1) and Lipscomb (4-1).
Liberty 4, North Florida 3
Singles Competition 1. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Rafaela Gomez (UNF) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Lucia Montano (UNF) 6-2, 6-0 3. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) def. Ana Paula Melilo (UNF) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 4. Valentina Mariotto (UNF) def. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5) 5. Constanza Gorches (UNF) def. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 6. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Florencia Rossi (UNF) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Doubles Competition 1. Constanza Gorches/Rafaela Gomez (UNF) def. Maria Medina/Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 6-3 2. Lucia Montano/Florencia Rossi (UNF) def. Kalani Soli/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) 6-4 3. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) vs. Ana Paula Melilo/Valentina Mariotto (UNF) 5-4, unfinished
Liberty 12-6, 5-1 ASUN North Florida 13-7, 4-1 ASUN Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,3,6,4,5) Official: B Harrison/A Sarver T-2:45
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren "North Florida is a very good team, and we had to dig deep in order to come up with the win today. We knew it would be a battle, and the girls were all willing to go to war. Ashley was amazing in defeating an opponent who had previously beaten her, and Grace made a great comeback in the second set to clinch the match."
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