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ASUN Preseason Co-Favorite Liberty to Open Year at Wake Forest, Saturday Afternoon

January 18, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames will take on Wake Forest tomorrow afternoon.

The Lady Flames will take on Wake Forest tomorrow afternoon.

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ASUN preseason co-favorite Liberty will begin its spring 2019 women's tennis campaign at Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Match time between the Lady Flames and Demon Deacons is set for 2 p.m. at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. Wake Forest, which finished the year at No. 27 in the nation in 2018 and was listed among others receiving votes in the first Oracle/ITA top 25 poll of 2019, will also face College of Charleston, Saturday at 9 a.m. prior to taking on Liberty.
The Lady Flames were voted to finish on top of the ASUN Conference, along with North Florida, in the 2019 ASUN Conference Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll, released last week.

Liberty and Wake Forest will be meeting for the third time. The Demon Deacons won both previous meetings (2017, 2018).

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live scoring, courtesy of Wake Forest Athletic Communications, will be available for Saturday's match. Find the live scoring link on the schedule page of LibertyFlames.com/womenstennis.

Lady Flames News and Notes
• Senior captain Lara Soares is currently the 64th-ranked singles player in the country. Her ranking marks the highest for any Lady Flame in program history. The Sobradinho, Brazil native enjoyed a successful fall in which she posted 11 singles victories, two of which came over current top-125 opponents. 
• Liberty finished 18-9 overall and 7-1 in the Big South in 2018. Wake Forest went 20-14 overall and 5-9 in the ACC, last spring.
• Fall title winners for the Lady Flames included seniors Maria Medina (singles at Hokie Fall Invite, Sept. 30 and singles at UNLV Rebel Invite, Nov. 11) and Soares (singles at Hokie Fall Invite, Sept. 30), along with junior Kalani Soli (singles at Elon Fall Invitational, Oct. 27). Medina went 20-4 overall (11-1 singles, 9-3 doubles) in the fall.
• Liberty is an experienced team with five seniors (Rebekah Anderson, Ashley Bongart, Anna Dollar, Maria Medina and Lara Soares) and one junior (Kalani Soli). The Lady Flames also feature a pair of sophomores (Nasha Ghajar and Grace Hashiguchi) and one freshman (Alexandra Almborg).
• Soares (No. 64) is Liberty's one ranked player, while Soares and Medina (6-2 in fall, 27-9 career as a pairing) are the Lady Flames' most formidable doubles team. The Demon Deacons feature three ranked singles players and four different ranked doubles duos. Emma Davis (No. 44) is their highest-ranked singles player. Anna Brylin and Eliza Omirou (No. 32) are the top-ranked doubles pairing for Wake Forest.
• In addition to playing against Wake Forest in 2017 and 2018, the Lady Flames also competed at the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Championship at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
• Liberty is 7-11 all-time in spring season openers but has won four of its last five openers.
• The Lady Flames will play 14 of their first 15 matches away from Lynchburg. Their home opener will be against Navy on Feb. 2.