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Lady Flames Head to Arizona for Pair of Matches, Friday and Saturday

February 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will take on Arizona and Grand Canyon, this weekend.

Liberty will take on Arizona and Grand Canyon, this weekend.

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The Liberty women's tennis squad will head to the state of Arizona for two upcoming matches. The Lady Flames will meet the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, followed by a neutral-site contest against the Grand Canyon Lopes, Saturday.

Match time between Liberty (2-4) and Arizona (3-3) is set for noon Eastern, 10 a.m. Mountain Standard time on Friday. On Saturday, the match between the Lady Flames and GCU (2-6) will begin at 12 p.m. ET as well. Both bouts will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson.

Both Arizona and GCU are first-time opponents for Liberty. The Lady Flames will be looking to end a three-match losing streak when they play in the Grand Canyon State. Arizona enters the weekend having lost three straight matches as well. Grand Canyon has lost five straight. The Wildcats and Lopes will meet on Friday at 3 p.m. following the conclusion of the Liberty-Arizona match.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Arizona Athletics will feature live video and live scoring for Friday's Liberty-Arizona match. Those links will be available on the schedule page of LibertyFlames.com/womenstennis on match day. Follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter for results and recaps of both matches. 

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Senior Ashley Bongart received a No. 107 singles national ranking on Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in its Oracle/ITA Division I Women's Rankings. She is the second Lady Flame during the 2018-19 season to be nationally ranked in singles, joining fellow senior Lara Soares (No. 64, Nov. 14). Bongart is currently the only ranked women's player in the ASUN Conference.
  • Senior Maria Medina has been a steady presence in singles with a team-best 14-4 mark on the year. Over the past two seasons, Medina is a combined 35-20 (.636) in singles competition.
  • The Lady Flames are still in search of their first ASUN Player of the Week recipient. Medina was Liberty's most recent honoree, earning Big South Player of the Week honors on Feb. 14, 2018.
  • In 2018, Liberty opened the season on a three-match losing streak. However, the Lady Flames rebounded to win four straight matches.
  • The Lady Flames will be on the road until their next home match, March 30 against ASUN opponent Lipscomb.
  • Liberty is the preseason co-favorite in the ASUN Conference, along with North Florida. The Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN match is on March 17 at Florida Gulf Coast.
  • Arizona (9-16, 0-10 Pac-12 in 2018) competes in the Pac-12 Conference. Grand Canyon (8-15, 2-3 WAC in 2018) is in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).