The ITA Mid-Atlantic Regionals have arrived and the Lady Flames tennis squad travels to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend where they will look to build upon their success of the fall campaign thus far. For the fifth year in a row, Liberty Head Women's Tennis Coach Jeff Maren will send a squad to compete in the ITA Mid-Atlantic Regionals.
Mariely Hassey led the squad at last year's regional tournament, winning her first two singles rounds en route to the main draw of 64. Hassey ousted Taylor Nederlander of George Washington, 6-0, 7-5, before rolling past conference rival Gemma Valls of Radford, 6-3, 6-0. Hassey nearly advanced to the round of 32, but was edged in three sets by Kelly Williford of Virginia Tech (4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)).
Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang provided the spark in last year's doubles competition, making an appearance in the round of 16. The tandem opened doubles play by doubling up Pittsburgh's Amanda and Molly Wickman, 8-4. The duo then upended William & Mary's Nabila Farah and Leeza Nemchinov by a score of 8-6. Thong and Yang's run fell short in the round of 16, losing to Virginia's Maci Epstein and Caryssa Peretz, 8-1.
The Lady Flames look to carry their momentum from this fall into Blacksburg, hoping for strong results much like last year's regionals.
Liberty Flames Sports Network's Alan York had the chance to catch up with Maren to discuss the upcoming regionals tournament and how the team is preparing for this weekend's event.
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