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Liberty Women's Tennis Sweeps Roanoke, 7-0

March 31, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Medina won in both doubles and singles against Roanoke, Saturday afternoon.

Medina won in both doubles and singles against Roanoke, Saturday afternoon.

In its third match over the past two days, Liberty women's tennis swept the visiting Roanoke Maroons, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.

Liberty is now 11-8 overall, and Roanoke falls to 8-2.

The Lady Flames' win was their sixth 7-0 triumph of 2018 and second in as many days (7-0 victory over Asheville, yesterday). Liberty is now 8-2 at home in 2018. The Lady Flames did not surrender a set in the match and won 90 total games, compared to just 12 for Roanoke.

"I'm proud of the effort and fight that our girls displayed today. We were close to winning both matches but just needed to play with a little more conviction on key points in doubles and singles against Winthrop," said Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "We are close to where we want to be, and with a little fine tuning, I truly believe we will accomplish our goals this year. To God be the glory!"

The Lady Flames took all three doubles matches. In just their second match together this spring, junior Ashley Bongart and freshman Polina Miroshnichenko topped the Maroons' Catherine Lee and Madeline Herring, 6-0. Juniors Maria Medina and Lara Soares followed suit, taking down Jessica Kennedy and Avery Smith, 6-0.

In their first-ever doubles match together, senior Evangeline Crist and freshman Nasha Ghajar bested Janny Alvarado and Carolyn Kitsock, 6-2, completing the Liberty sweep in doubles.

Liberty's Miroshnichenko, slotted in the No. 3 singles position, cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Smith of Roanoke. Rebekah Anderson of the Lady Flames upended Herring (6-0, 6-0) on court four, and just a few moments later, Medina capped off a 6-1, 6-1 win over her opponent, Lee, on court two. Wins by those three Liberty players officially gave the home side the victory (4-0 score at the time), their fourth in the last five matches.

In the remaining matches (No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6), Bongart won a 6-0, 6-2 decision versus Kennedy in the No. 1 singles match. Freshman Grace Hashiguchi bolstered her singles record in the spring to 4-1 with a two-set triumph against Kitsock, 6-0, 6-2.

Lady Flames freshman Nasha Ghajar, making her first appearance in the singles lineup this spring, also won in straight sets over Alvarado, 6-1, 6-2. Ghajar's first career singles dual match victory brought the final score to 7-0, Liberty.

Liberty (11-8, 4-1 Big South) will be back in action on Tuesday at Longwood (6-7, 0-6 Big South) at 2 p.m.

Liberty 7, Roanoke 0
Singles competition

1. BONGART, Ashley (LIBERTYW) def. Jessica Kennedy (RCW) 6-0, 6-2
2. MEDINA, Maria (LIBERTYW) def. Catherine Lee (RCW) 6-1, 6-1
3. MIROSHNICHENKO, P. (LIBERTYW) def. Avery Smith (RCW) 6-0, 6-1
4. ANDERSON, Rebekah (LIBERTYW) def. Madeline Herring (RCW) 6-0, 6-0
5. HASHIGUCHI, Grace (LIBERTYW) def. Carolyn Kitsock (RCW) 6-0, 6-2
6. GHAJAR, Nasha (LIBERTYW) def. Janny Alvarado (RCW) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. MEDINA, Maria/SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. Jessica Kennedy/Avery Smith (RCW) 6-0
2. BONGART, Ashley/MIROSHNICHENKO, P. (LIBERTYW) def. Catherine Lee/Madeline Herring (RCW) 6-0
3. CRIST, Evangeline/GHAJAR, Nasha (LIBERTYW) def. Janny Alvarado/Carolyn Kitsock (RCW) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,2,1,5,6) Official: S Lunsford/M Kanska  T-1:23