With the 2014 women's tennis season complete, Alan York of the Liberty Flames Sports Network had a chance to catch up with Liberty head coach Jeff Maren and reflect on this past season.
During the interview, Maren discusses the performance of the team and the progress it made this season. The second-year head coach also talks about the impact of the three graduating seniors, Annisha Domenech, Rebekah Jenkins and Cameron Richard, on the team and the program. Maren concludes the interview with a brief look at the upcoming 2014-15 season and what is in store for the Lady Flames.
Liberty finished the season with a 15-9 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Big South competition. The Lady Flames' 15 overall wins ties the single-season program record, which was set in both the 2009 and 2011 seasons. The seven Big South victories set a new Liberty single-season record, breaking the old mark of six which was accomplished twice (2009, 2011). Liberty earned its first-ever ITA national ranking on March 4, coming in at No. 74.
Earning a No. 3 seed for the 2014 Big South Women's Tennis Championship, the Lady Flames downed No. 6 seed Radford, 4-1, advancing to the semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Liberty's No. 2 doubles tandem of Belen Rivera and Brittany Yang garnered inclusion on the Big South Conference Women's Tennis All-Conference doubles team. Additionally, Rivera and Yang, along with Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong, were tabbed Flight winners at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, while Yang earned a spot on the All-Academic squad for the second consecutive season.
Rivera, Yang and Nicola Wellman each notched 14 singles wins to pace the team. Both Yang and Wellman posted 7-1 records in league play. In doubles matches, the pairs of Yang and Rivera along with Richard and Thong recorded 10 victories each to lead the squad.