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Liberty Advances to BSC Championship Title Match With 4-0 Triumph Over Campbell

April 20, 2018  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Dollar won in both doubles (No. 1) and singles (No. 6) vs. Campbell on Friday.

Dollar won in both doubles (No. 1) and singles (No. 6) vs. Campbell on Friday.

The Liberty Lady Flames women's tennis team will play for the 2018 Big South Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday, as No. 2-seeded Liberty defeated No. 3-seeded Campbell, 4-0, in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday afternoon at the Rock Hill Tennis Center.

With the win, Liberty moves on to its second-ever Big South Championship title match and will face No. 1 seed Winthrop (18-5) tomorrow at 10 a.m. in a rematch of the 2016 final. Winthrop topped No. 5 Presbyterian, 4-0, earlier in the day on Friday.

The Lady Flames are now 18-8 overall and winners of their last eight matches. Campbell finishes its season at 14-8.

Liberty claimed the doubles session and the No. 4, No. 6 and No. 5 singles matches in the winning effort. Senior captain Evangeline Crist's 7-6 (0), 6-2 win on court five over the Camels' Isabel Boada ended the match.

"I'm so proud of the girls. Each girl fought so hard across the board and played with such composure," Crist said. "Everyone is playing for each other and as one, and that's what has given us so much success. We are excited for tomorrow and playing for an audience of one and one alone. Jesus gets the glory no matter what!"

Liberty has now shut out 10 opponents this season, eight by a 7-0 count and the last two (No. 7 Asheville and No. 3 Campbell) by a 4-0 score.

The Lady Flames dominated the doubles session to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. Liberty's Crist and partner, Anna Dollar, won a deuce point in the first game versus Alexandra Andrivot and Boada and never looked back. Leading 3-0 and 40-30 in the fourth game, Dollar put the Lady Flames' duo ahead, 4-0, with an unreturnable looping shot over both of her opponents' heads. Dollar and Crist then took the next two games to win, 6-0, on court one

Meanwhile, Liberty's Maria Medina and Lara Soares (No. 2 doubles) got off to a strong start in their match, leading 4-1 against Georgina Segarra and Ana Castillo. The Camels' Lea Cutura and Lou Regen were up, 3-1, early on versus the Lady Flames' Rebekah Anderson and Grace Hashiguchi.

Medina/Soares and Segarra/Castillo split the next two games to make it 5-2, Liberty, while Anderson/Hashiguchi roared back in their match with Cutura/Regen by taking the next three games and a 4-3 edge. Medina and Soares broke serve to capture their match, 6-2. The Liberty duo's eighth straight victory provided the Lady Flames a 1-0 advantage.

In singles, Liberty won the first set on all six courts, two of which were in come-from-behind fashion. On court one, Liberty junior Ashley Bongart erased a 5-1 deficit to Castillo, eventually finding herself in a tiebreaker. Tied 5-5, Bongart took the next two points for a 7-6 (5) set one win. On court five, Crist trailed Boada, 5-2, before eventually winning in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (0).

Lady Flames freshman Polina Miroshnichenko (No. 4 singles) was the first to close out her match, as she needed just two sets (6-3, 6-1) in giving Liberty a two-point cushion (2-0) overall. Liberty's Dollar topped Segarra in the first set on court six, 6-1, but found herself tied, 5-5, in set two. The junior won the final two games and the match, 6-1, 7-5.

With Liberty now leading 3-0, the attention turned to courts one, two, three and five. In the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 matches, Campbell flipped the script by winning each second set. However, Crist (No. 5 singles) carried over the momentum from her first-set tiebreaker victory and led, 5-1, in the second. Boada held serve in the next game, but Crist sealed the match, serving her way to a 7-6 (0), 6-2 win, which wrapped up the match at 4-0, Liberty. The senior captain is on a 14-match winning streak in singles.

In the remaining matches, Liberty led 1-0 (No. 1), 6-5 (No. 2) and 2-1 (No. 3) in the respective third sets prior to play being discontinued.

Winthrop Athletics Marketing and Communications will provide live scoring for tomorrow's championship match between No. 1 Winthrop and No. 2 Liberty. Liberty is in search of its first-ever Big South title. The Eagles edged the Lady Flames, 4-3, in the regular-season meeting between the two teams on March 31 in Lynchburg.

#2 Liberty 4, #3 Campbell 0
Singles competition

1. BONGART, Ashley (LIBERTYW) vs. CASTILLO, Ana (CAM) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. MEDINA, Maria (LIBERTYW) vs. ANDRIVOT, Alexandra (CAM) 6-1, 1-6, 6-5, unfinished
3. SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) vs. REGEN, Lou (CAM) 6-2, 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. MIROSHNICHENKO, P. (LIBERTYW) def. NICOARA, Alexandra (CAM) 6-3, 6-1
5. CRIST, Evangeline (LIBERTYW) def. BOADA, Isabel (CAM) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
6. DOLLAR, Anna (LIBERTYW) def. SEGARRA, Georgina (CAM) 6-1, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. DOLLAR, Anna/CRIST, Evangeline (LIBERTYW) def. ANDRIVOT, Alexandra/BOADA, Isabel (CAM) 6-0
2. MEDINA, Maria/SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. SEGARRA, Georgina/CASTILLO, Ana (CAM) 6-2
3. ANDERSON, Rebekah/HASHIGUCHI, Grace (LIBERTYW) vs. CUTURA, Lea/REGEN, Lou (CAM) 4-3, unfinished

2018 Big South Women's Tennis Championship Semifinals T-2:20