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Liberty Heads to Northeast for Season-Opening Matches at Dartmouth, Boston U.

January 19, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will face Dartmouth and Boston University, this weekend, to open its 2018 spring schedule.

Liberty will face Dartmouth and Boston University, this weekend, to open its 2018 spring schedule.

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Liberty women's tennis is set to begin its spring 2018 schedule, starting with road matches at Dartmouth and Boston University, this weekend.

The Lady Flames will open the year with a match at Dartmouth on Saturday. Match time is slated for 1 p.m. at the Boss Tennis Center in Hanover, N.H.

Following its match against the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday afternoon, Liberty will make the trek down to Boston, Mass. for a Sunday morning showdown at Boston U. Match time between the Lady Flames and Terriers is pegged for 10 a.m. at the Track & Tennis Center.

"We are excited for our trip this weekend! Dartmouth and Boston University are both very good teams who will force us to play at a high level," said Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "It will be a great opportunity for us to grow as a team."

Series History
Liberty and Dartmouth will be squaring off for the first time.

The Lady Flames and the Boston University Terriers will be meeting for the second time. The two teams met on March 8, 2016 in Palm Springs, Calif. The Terriers prevailed, 4-3, on that day.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live streaming of Saturday's match at Dartmouth will be available on the Ivy League Network. To view the video stream, fans must have a subscription to the Ivy League Network.

Follow Liberty Women's Tennis (@LibertyWTennis) for periodic updates from this weekend's matches.

Roster Breakdown
The Lady Flames' 2017-18 roster consists of 12 players. Senior captain Evangeline Crist is the team's lone senior. Crist has 72 career singles victories and 79 doubles victories and is nearing the program all-time records in both categories.

Liberty brings experience to the table with seven juniors – Rebekah Anderson, Ashley Bongart, Audrey Brown, Anna Dollar, Maria Medina, Aleksandra Panchenko and Lara Soares. Bongart, Medina and Soares are transfers. Bongart, who previously played at Tennessee, paced the Lady Flames with a 9-3 singles record in the fall. Dollar, a native of Lancaster, Pa., has 48 career singles triumphs and 48 doubles victories (tied for 10th in program history) as well.

Liberty's lone sophomore is Eugenia Camacho. The Lady Flames' three-player freshman class is comprised of Nasha Ghajar, Grace Hashiguchi and Polina Miroshnichenko.

Liberty played in six different tournaments during the fall, compiling a combined .532 winning percentage (42-37) in singles and .533 winning percentage (16-14) in doubles.

Coaching Capsule: Jeff Maren and Giancarlo Lemmi
Jeff Maren is in his sixth season as head coach of the Lady Flames. Through five seasons, Maren has guided Liberty to a 72-47 mark, including a 35-9 record in Big South competition. Under Maren's tutelage, the program has seen six Big South All-Conference singles honorees, four Big South All-Conference doubles teams, three Big South doubles flight winners, six VaSID first team doubles honorees, two VaSID second team doubles honorees and one VaSID second team singles honoree.

Giancarlo Lemmi is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Liberty. Lemmi also played for the Flames men's tennis team from 2009-12 and is a two-time Big South All-Conference player. In Lemmi's time as an assistant for the Lady Flames, the team is 61-36 overall and 29-6 in the Big South.

This year, the Lady Flames are picked to finish second in the Big South. Liberty has been tabbed No. 2 in the preseason poll each of the last three seasons and captured a share of the Big South regular-season crown in both 2016 and 2017.

Scouting Dartmouth
Traditionally a strong program, the Big Green are off to a 1-0 start after defeating Boston U., 5-2, on Wednesday. A year ago, Dartmouth posted a 17-5 overall record and qualified for the 2017 Division I Women's Tennis Championships. The Big Green closed the year with a No. 45 ranking in the final Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings.

Dartmouth is coached by 16th-year head coach Bob Dallis. Dallis' 11-player 2017-18 roster features three seniors, one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen. Senior Kristina Mathis paces the Big Green with a 12-6 record in singles, this year. In doubles, Dallis and assistant coach Dave Jones have tried 24 different combinations this season.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers (0-1) will be looking for their first win of 2018 when they face the Lady Flames on Sunday morning. In 2017, BU captured the Patriot League title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Under 33rd-year head coach Lesley Sheehan's direction, the Terriers have captured the last four Patriot League Tournament championships.

BU's 2017-18 roster consists of 11 players – one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. Freshman Emily Kim leads the Terriers with eight singles wins against just five losses, while senior Iryna Kostirko and freshman Lily Burchell have six victories apiece in solo competition.