Hokie Fall Invitational Results
Pitted against the toughest field they have faced so far this season, the Liberty Lady Flames continued their successful fall with a strong showing at the Hokie Fall Invitational, this past weekend at the Burrows/Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus.
The Lady Flames went 17-9 overall in both singles and doubles matches, against a field which included nationally ranked squads from Davidson, Marshall, Ohio State and host Virginia Tech. Liberty captured the Flight C doubles title, while placing second in Flight E singles and third in Flight D singles.
In singles, the Lady Flames placed players in the top six of five out of the six singles flights. Liberty newcomer Fabiana Gouveia took runner-up honors in Flight E. Gouveia came back from a set down to defeat Flavia Micati of Eastern Michigan 3-6, 6-1 (10-4) in her first match of the tournament. The freshman then swept Ida Donner of James Madison in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, before falling in the flight final.
Lady Flame Hannah Frick came in third in the Flight D singles bracket, winning three of her four singles matches in straight sets. The New Zealand native took her first two matches, before dropping her semifinal contest. Frick then rallied to down Virginia Tech's Bethan James, 6-4, 6-3, for victory in the bracket's consolation match.
Also, placing in their brackets were freshmen Jordan Jenkins and Stephanie Brown. Jenkins placed sixth out of 16 players in Flight A singles. Highlighting her weekend was a victory over Davidson's No. 1 player, Kelsey Linville, 6-4, 6-4. Jenkins also handed Marshall's Jessica Keener a 6-4, 6-4 setback in consolation play. Brown finished fifth in Flight C by winning three of four singles contests, including a 6-4, 6-3 win over Virginia Tech's Abby Walker.
On the doubles side, Liberty went 7-3 on the weekend. Heading up the Lady Flame effort was the team of Fick and Gouveia, which took all three of its matches on the weekend to capture the Flight C doubles crown.
The Liberty women's tennis team takes a break from competition this weekend in preparation for ITA Mideast Indoor Regionals, Oct. 17-22 in Chapel Hill, N.C.