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Graduation Reflections with Jeff Maren

May 16, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Flames Athletics recognized its graduating student-athletes at last week's Cord Ceremony. During the event, LFSN reporter Alan York had a chance to catch up with Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren.

Maren and the Lady Flames tennis program enjoyed a successful spring campaign, posting an 18-9 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Big South while finishing as the runner-up in the league.

Maren has also fostered a culture of both academic and athletic success for the Liberty women's tennis program. The team currently has the third-highest cumulative GPA (3.42) among Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I programs and had the second-highest GPA (3.56) of all teams during the fall 2017 semester.

Two of Maren's players – Evangeline Crist and Aleksandra Panchenko – received an athletics cord to signify their time as a student-athlete.

Crist will be receiving her bachelor's degree in business administration marketing and advertisement. The Lilburn, Ga., native is a two-time Big South All-Academic team honoree and an ITA Scholar-Athlete selection (2017). She will be pursuing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree starting this summer.

Crist, a recent recipient of both the 2018 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award and Best Female Athlete of the Year honor at the 2018 FLAMESPY Award show, became the Liberty women's tennis program's all-time leader in both doubles (94) and singles (92) victories.

As a senior, Crist posted a 25-8 record in singles, winning her last 15 singles bouts to close out her career. Crist went 20-8 in doubles bouts during her final season at Liberty and was a Big South Second Team All-Conference Singles selection and Big South All-Academic team honoree, this season. Crist was a four-time Big South All-Conference selection and two-time VaSID All-State honoree in her time with the Lady Flames.

Panchenko will be receiving her bachelor's degree in information systems. The Moscow, Russia, native, has excelled in the classroom. In 2017, she was named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and also tabbed an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

During her sophomore campaign (2016-17 season), Panchenko collected 13 total doubles wins and four singles triumphs. Panchenko and her doubles partner, Rebekah Anderson, won the Maroon doubles flight at the season-opening Elon Fall Invitational. As a junior this season (2017-18), she posted a 3-1 record in doubles competition.

The Big South Conference recently documented Panchenko's journey to Liberty from Russia in its MUSCO Spotlight series.

Below is a list of Liberty's graduating student-athletes who were honored at the ceremony. Leading up to Commencement on Saturday, will run a series of interviews showcasing Liberty's 2018 graduating student-athletes, including today's interview with Maren.


Matt Allen
Josh Barrick
Zach Clinton
Andrew Kowalo
Vinnie Tarantola
Andrew Yacyk

Ernst Anderson
Ben Fiordelise
Marquis Fitzgerald
Lucas Irons
Jaylyn McKinney
Tolen Avery
Khaleel Carrington
Dontae Duff
B.J. Farrow
Cameron Jones
Kentory Matthews

Field Hockey
Alynn Richardson
Monica Hernick
Pippa Best
Zosia Roberts

Men's Golf
Mitchell Klooz
Isaiah Logue
Mickey DeMorat

Women's Lacrosse
Abby Britton
Lindsey McNamara
Courtney Brown
Eden Bayuk

Men's Basketball
Ryan Hiepler
Ezra Talbert
Zach Farquhar

David Coker
Anna Howard
Kalli Locklear
Madeline Sandlin
Karina Caceres
Madison Hogan

Men's Soccer
Edgardo Reyes
Pepe Segarra
Kevin Mendoza

Madi Clarke
Cassie Gingerich
Alexia Taylor
Tori Zavodny
Kaitlin McFarland
Sarah Robertson

Women's Swimming & Diving
Danielle Boothe
Rachel Hoeve
Ashlee Sall
Prudence Rooker
Ellen Tart

Track & Field/Cross Country (Men's and Women's)
Darrel Jones
Holly Arey
Yana Babbitt
Olivia Behymer
Andrew Crowell
Mariel Finger
Jessie Glynn
Brenna Smith
Louis Paone
Alyssa Karle
Dasiana Larson
Levi Mack
Jonny Saintil
Colin Schultz
Carson Waters
Nicole Gignac
Erin Zappia
Cameron Francis
Andrew Garrett
Graham Hansel
Dominque Nelson
Bailey Reeves

Gabrielle Vess
Sirena Vorster
Margaret Latchford

Women's Basketball
Tatyana Crowder
Molly Reagan
Sheana Vega

Women's Soccer
Baylee Gilmore
Tori Collar
Jennifer Knoebel
Isabella Habuda
Ashleigh Hill
Sami Santos
Jordan Kestel

Women's Tennis
Aleksandra Panchenko
Evangeline Crist