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Liberty Sweeps UNCG 7-0, Saturday Afternoon

January 26, 2019  Greensboro, N.C.  RSS
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Almborg won a three-set match on Saturday at UNCG.

Almborg won a three-set match on Saturday at UNCG.

The Liberty Lady Flames women's tennis team swept UNCG 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Piedmont Indoor Tennis Facility for its first win of the 2019 campaign.

Liberty is now 1-1 this season and has defeated UNCG in back-to-back seasons. The Spartans are 0-1 after losing their season opener.

Liberty 7, UNCG 0

Singles Competition
1. #64 Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) def. Erika Barquero (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
2. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Nancy Bridges (UNCG) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Sophia Adams (UNCG) 7-5, 6-2
4. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Eugenia Camacho (UNCG) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. Brianna Gomez (UNCG) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Emily Ory (UNCG) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Nancy Bridges/Emily Ory (UNCG) 6-2
2. Kalani Soli/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Sophia Adams/Erika Barquero (UNCG) 6-2
3. Anna Dollar/Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Brianna Gomez/Tayah Cross (UNCG) 6-2

Liberty 1-1
UNCG 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,3,2,5)

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"Our practice paid off today, as we played with more consistency and better shot selection. I'm proud of how each of the girls stayed focused throughout and got the job done. We are looking forward to another good week of practice and our next match."  

How It Happened

  • Liberty swept the doubles session and won four of the six singles matches in straight sets.
  • The Lady Flames' Lara Soares and Maria Medina defeated Nancy Bridges and Emily Ory in the No. 1 doubles match, 6-2. The Liberty duo is now 7-2 on the year and 28-9 over the last two seasons.
  • Junior Kalani Soli and sophomore Grace Hashiguchi (No. 2 doubles) also won by a 6-2 count, upending UNCG's Sophia Adams and Erika Barquero to secure the doubles and a 1-0 lead for the visitors. Seniors Anna Dollar and Ashley Bongart capped off the doubles sweep with a 6-2 triumph versus Brianna Gomez and Tayah Cross. Since joining forces, the Lady Flames seniors are 6-4 on the year.
  • Soares, the No. 64 singles player in the country, increased the Liberty edge to 2-0 by winning in straight sets against Barquero in the No. 1 position, 6-4, 6-1. Hashiguchi picked up her first win of the spring, besting Ory on court six in two sets (6-3, 6-3).
  • With the Lady Flames a point away from their first victory, it was Bongart who officially decided the outcome of the match on court four. She topped Eugenia Camacho of UNCG 6-4, 6-3, making it 4-0 Liberty.
  • Liberty first-year player, Soli, got past Adams in straight sets as well, 7-5, 6-2. The Carson, Calif., native has now won nine singles bouts versus four defeats during the 2018-19 season.
  • Medina of the Lady Flames played a third-set 10-point tiebreaker against her counterpart, Bridges, and ended up victorious 10-3 for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 1-0 (10-3) decision. The native of Cumana, Venezuela, whose victory made it 6-0 in favor of the visitors, shares the team lead in singles wins (12) with her doubles partner, Soares, and has the best singles winning percentage (.857, 12-2) on the squad.
  • The last match to finish was between Liberty freshman Alexandra Almborg and the Spartans' Gomez. Almborg prevailed in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7), to take the match 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7). It was the first singles dual match victory of Almborg's career and brought the final outcome to 7-0.
  • The Lady Flames are now 3-3 all-time against the Spartans but have won each of the last two meetings by a combined 12-2 score (5-2 in 2018, 7-0 today).
  • The 7-0 sweep was Liberty's first of the year. The Lady Flames had eight 7-0 sweeps during the 2018 spring campaign, including three in conference play.


Next Up

  • The Lady Flames will host Navy in their home opener, next Saturday at 10 a.m. Liberty will face Navy for the first time ever.
  • Following that match, Liberty will be back on the road for its next 12 matches, starting with a trip to ETSU, Feb. 9.