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April 17, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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2018 Big South Women's Tennis Championship Bracket
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Live Scoring: No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 UNC Asheville
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No. 2 seed Liberty (16-8) will begin its journey for a Big South crown against No. 7 seed UNC Asheville on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Lady Flames women's tennis team went 7-1 in the Big South in receiving the No. 2 seed, while Asheville posted a 2-6 mark in the league for the No. 7 seed. Liberty enters the tournament with a six-match winning streak.

The four-day 2018 Big South Women's Tennis Championship will feature a first round match on Wednesday (No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Longwood), followed by quarterfinal matches on Thursday, semifinal contests on Friday and the title match on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The winner of the Liberty-Asheville match on Thursday will advance to face either No. 3 seed Campbell or No. 6 seed Radford in the semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m. Liberty is seeking its first Big South crown in program history. For the full bracket, click here.

How to Follow the Flames
Winthrop Athletics Marketing and Communications will provide live scoring for every match throughout the tournament. Find the links for the Liberty matches on the Liberty women's tennis schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

In addition, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter and "libertywtennis" on Instagram for match updates and live look-ins before, during and after the Liberty matches at the Big South Championship.

Series History vs. UNC Asheville/History in BSC Championship
Liberty defeated UNC Asheville, 7-0, on March 30 in Lynchburg, one of eight 7-0 victories for the Lady Flames, this spring. Liberty is 15-4 all-time versus Asheville.

The Lady Flames have a 10-17 record all-time in the Big South Women's Tennis Championship and have one title match appearance (2016).

 

Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty posted a collective 40-8 mark in Big South singles matches and a 20-4 record in conference doubles matches. Senior Evangeline Crist and junior Lara Soares both went 8-0 in league singles matches, while junior Anna Dollar was 6-0. In doubles, Lady Flames freshman Grace Hashiguchi and junior Rebekah Anderson were perfect (7-0) in the No. 3 slot, while Soares and fellow junior Maria Medina posted a 7-1 record in the No. 2 slot.
  • In eight Big South regular-season matches, the Lady Flames outscored their opponents, 47-9, including three 7-0 sweeps.
  • The Lady Flames' Hashiguchi was named Big South Freshman of the Week on two occasions (March 28, April 11). Medina was named Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 14, while Polina Miroshnichenko garnered Big South Freshman of the Week recognition on Feb. 14 as well.
  • Crist leads all Liberty players with 23 wins, including 13 straight, during the 2017-18 campaign. She is the program's all-time leader in both singles (90) and doubles (93) victories. Junior Ashley Bongart (22-11) is second on the team in singles wins and went 6-2 in Big South singles contests.
  • Anderson has the most doubles wins of any Liberty player this season with 21 and is 16-4 in spring doubles matches. Medina (20-10), Crist (19-8), Hashiguchi (18-5) and Soares (18-5) all have strong doubles resumes as well.

 

Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville's Kylee Shipley (12-7 overall, 11-7 No. 1) has the fourth-best No. 1 singles winning percentage (.611) in the Big South. Head coach Lise Gregory's squad also features Christin Louw (10-7 overall, 3-0 No. 5) and Emily Sidor (10-8 overall, 7-5 No. 2). The Bulldogs' two conference victories both came at home over Gardner-Webb (6-1 on March 13) and Longwood (7-0 on March 23). Their top doubles unit is Hannah Francisco and Shipley at 14-5 in the No. 1 slot.

The Rest of the Competition
No. 1 Winthrop
Top two singles players (by spring record): No. 31 Lauren Proctor (17-2 No. 1) and Alisa Soloveva (17-3 overall, 16-3 No. 2)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): No. 60 Lauren Proctor and Megan Kauffman (19-0 No. 1)

No. 3 Campbell
Top two singles players (by spring record): Lou Regen (14-5 overall, 13-4 No. 3) and Georgina Segarra (10-6 overall, 8-5 No. 6)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Alexandra Andrivot and Isabel Boada (11-4 No. 1)

No. 4 Charleston Southern
Top two singles players (by spring record): Sophie Cloessner (11-4 No. 1) and Madalina Man (8-5 overall, 8-3 No. 4)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Filippa Ericson and Valeria Koussenkova (11-6 No. 2)

No. 5 Presbyterian
Top two singles players (by spring record): Beth Taylor (13-6 overall, 9-0 No. 4) and Caroline Ferrari (9-8 overall, 9-7 No. 5)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Brittany Nuttall and Beth Taylor (11-5 overall, 10-5 No. 3)

No. 6 Radford
Top two singles players (by spring record): Lotti Meszaros (14-6 overall, 12-6 No. 3) and Drousile Dzebou (12-8 No. 1)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Drousile Dzebou and Lotti Meszaros (14-7 overall, 14-5 No. 2)

No. 8 Gardner-Webb
Top two singles players (by spring record): Miljana Ristic (12-5 overall, 7-2 No. 4) and Daniela Naupari (10-7 overall, 7-1 No. 4)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Sandra Bolstad and Miljana Ristic (8-9 No. 1)

No. 9 Longwood
Top two singles players (by spring record): Tanja Skalda (10-6 overall, 7-3 No. 5) and Jamie Breunig (8-9 overall, 6-9 No. 3)

Top doubles unit (by spring record): Yuilia Almiron and Jamie Breunig (4-2 No. 2)

2018 Big South Women's Tennis Championship (Rock Hill Tennis Center, Rock Hill, S.C.)      
Wednesday, April 18 – First Round
Match 1:  No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Longwood, 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 19 – Quarterfinals
Match 2:  No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8/9 winner, 9 a.m.
Match 3:  No. 4 Charleston Southern vs. No. 5 Presbyterian College, 12 p.m.
Match 4:  No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 UNC Asheville, 3 p.m.
Match 5:  No. 3 Campbell vs. No. 6 Radford, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 20 – Semifinals
Match 6:  Match 2 winner vs. Match 3 winner, 10 a.m.
Match 7:  Match 4 winner vs. Match 5 winner, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 – Championship
Match 8:  Match 6 winner vs. Match 7 winner, 10 a.m.