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, LibertyFlames.com will run a series of interviews showcasing Liberty's 2018 graduating student-athletes, including today's interview with Maren.
Baseball Matt Allen Josh Barrick Zach Clinton Andrew Kowalo Vinnie Tarantola Andrew Yacyk
Football 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
Cheerleading David Coker Anna Howard Kalli Locklear Madeline Sandlin Karina Caceres Madison Hogan
Men's Soccer Edgardo Reyes Pepe Segarra Kevin Mendoza Softball 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 Volleyball 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
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