Bongart won her singles match in three sets to seal the victory for Liberty.
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team defeated the Grand Canyon Antelopes 4-1 in a neutral-site match at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, Saturday.
Liberty (3-4) won the match on the strength of the doubles point and singles victories on courts six, four and one. The Lady Flames' victory, in what was the first-ever meeting with the Antelopes, ends a three-match losing streak. Grand Canyon is now 2-7 on the year and has dropped six consecutive matches.
Liberty 4, Grand Canyon 1 Singles Competition 1. Occhipinti, Emilia (GCU) def. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 2. #107 Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) def. Morel, Celia (GCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 3. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) vs. Buhr, Celina (GCU) 7-5, 4-6, 3-3, unfinished 4. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. Lo Pumo, Martina (GCU) 6-4, 6-2 5. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) vs. Infantino, Ludovica (GCU) 5-7, 5-5, unfinished 6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Prudhomme, Autum (GCU) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Competition 1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Occhipinti, Emilia/Buhr, Celina (GCU) 6-1 2. Grace Hashiguchi/Nasha Ghajar (LIBERTYW) def. Lo Pumo, Martina/Lirzin, Mathilde (GCU) 6-4 3. Morel, Celia/Prudhomme, Autum (GCU) def. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) 6-4
Liberty 3-4 Grand Canyon 2-7 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,4,1,2)
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren "This was certainly not a pretty match. Gritty is a better description! We found a way to overcome a tough opponent and get the win. Ashley did a great job of coming back from a set down to clinch the match at No. 2."
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