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Women's Tennis to Face Campbell, Thursday, and Play 2 Road Matches in Coming Days

March 14, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will compete against Campbell on Thursday at the Cook Tennis Center.

Liberty will compete against Campbell on Thursday at the Cook Tennis Center.

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Liberty women's tennis (6-6) will kick off its Big South slate on Thursday against the Campbell Camels, followed by a pair of road matches in the ensuing days.

Thursday's match between the Lady Flames and Camels is set for 2 p.m. at the Cook Tennis Center, the first home outdoor match of the season for Liberty.

On Saturday, Liberty will face Georgia State in a neutral-site bout at Furman at 2:30 p.m. The match was originally scheduled to be played in Atlanta at Georgia State but was moved to Furman's Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C., due to impending inclement weather.

On Tuesday, the Lady Flames will play another non-conference match in Richmond, Va., at Commonwealth foe VCU. The match will take place at VCU's Thalhimer Tennis Center at 2 p.m.

Liberty is 6-6 on the year, with their most recent match coming at No. 10 Wake Forest, last Sunday (6-1 loss).

Campbell, who has won its last five matches, is 6-5 overall and 2-0 in Big South play. They've defeated Longwood (7-0 on March 3) and Gardner-Webb (5-2 last Saturday) in conference competition, placing them in a tie for first with Winthrop (2-0 Big South) and Charleston Southern (2-0 Big South).

Georgia State, who will play North Texas (Thursday) and Furman (Saturday), currently has a 7-9 mark. The Panthers lost their last two matches (SMU and UT Arlington) but also defeated No. 31 Kansas State, 4-3, last Saturday.

VCU (10-2) is on an eight-match winning streak. The Rams will face Winthrop on Saturday prior to taking on the Lady Flames, Tuesday.

Series History
Liberty is 9-3 in the all-time series with Campbell. The Lady Flames won both meetings with the Camels in 2017. Liberty defeated Campbell, 4-3, on April 11, 2017, in the regular-season matchup in Buies Creek, N.C. Ten days later, the Lady Flames ended the Camels' season with a 4-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Championship at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Liberty and Georgia State will be facing each other for the first time ever. The Lady Flames and VCU Rams, despite their proximity (115 miles) to each other, have only squared off one previous time (2016). In that matchup (Feb. 19, 2016), the Rams edged the Lady Flames, 4-3, at the Cook Tennis Center.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Liberty Athletics Communications will be providing live scoring for Thursday's home match.  Find the link for live scoring on the women's tennis schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Additionally, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter for updates during Thursday's match and "libertywtennis" on Instagram for live look-ins before, during and after the match at the Cook Tennis Center.

There will be no live scoring for the other two matches.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is picked to finish second in the Big South in 2018. The Lady Flames, who are slotted behind only Winthrop, captured a share of the regular-season title in both 2016 and 2017 and are in search of their first Big South Women's Tennis Championship crown.
  • The Lady Flames are 5-1 at home in 2018. They've only lost one doubles match (16-1) in Lynchburg, this year. In singles, they are 29-7, led by junior Lara Soares' perfect 5-0 mark.
  • Against challenging competition (Dartmouth, Boston U., Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and No. 10 Wake Forest), Liberty is 0-5 on the road. Rebekah Anderson, Evangeline Crist and Lara Soares each have two singles wins on the road in 2018, while Soares and Maria Medina boast the best road doubles mark at 2-1. Liberty is 1-0 in neutral-site matches, a 4-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 4.
  • Senior captain Evangeline Crist is an impressive 12-2 in doubles, this season. She now has 85 career doubles victories and is just five from tying the program's all-time mark of 90, set by Valerie Thong (2013-16). Crist is also closing in on 80 career singles victories. The Lilburn, Ga., native currently has 79 solo victories for the Lady Flames, including a win at No. 10 Wake Forest, last Sunday.
  • Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren, currently in his sixth year at Liberty, is two victories shy of reaching 80 victories. Maren holds a 78-53 record as head coach, including a 35-9 mark in the Big South.

 

Scouting Campbell
The Camels' strongest singles players so far have been Ana Castillo (6-4 spring, 5-1 No. 1 singles), Georgina Segarra (6-3 spring, 4-2 No. 6 singles) and Lou Regen (6-4 spring, 6-3 No. 3 singles). Head coach David Johnson's squad is 17-10 in doubles, this spring. The duo of Castillo and Segarra is 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the No. 2 slot. Alexandra Andrivot and Isabel Boada are 6-1 in the No. 1 position in the lineup.

Scouting Georgia State
The Panthers' eight-player roster, led by third-year head coach Jason Marshall, features one freshman, four sophomores, two juniors and a senior.

Scouting VCU
The Rams are equally strong in singles (41-22, .651) and doubles (20-10, .667) in the spring. VCU's top of the lineup features Anna Rasmussen (9-1 No. 1) and Paolo Delgado (8-3 No. 2). In doubles, head coach Paul Kostin's team boasts a pair of formidable duos in Marina Alcaide/Sofia Sualehe (6-2 spring, 5-2 No. 3) and Melissa Ifidhizen/Rasmussen (6-4 No. 1).