The Liberty women's tennis squad picked up a 4-3 Senior Day victory against the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd in non-conference action, Thursday afternoon at the Cook Tennis Center.
The Lady Flames improve to 14-6 overall and close out their home slate with a perfect 6-0 mark. Liberty has now won seven straight matches, dating back to March 23. The Lady Flames are 11-1 over their last 12 matches.
Marshall drops to 6-14 on the year and has lost three of its last four. Liberty has now topped the Thundering Herd in each of the last two seasons, its first two victories over Marshall.
Prior to the match, the program honored its five seniors – Rebekah Anderson, Ashley Bongart, Anna Dollar, Maria Medina and Lara Soares – for their contributions to the program. Bongart/Dollar and Medina/Soares helped the Lady Flames secure the doubles point in the match. Dollar and Soares both win in singles as well, which helped Liberty reach four points quickly.
Liberty 4, Marshall 3 1. Anna Smith (MAR) def. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTY) 6-3, 6-4 2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTY) def. Liz Stefancic (MAR) 6-2, 6-2 3. Lara Soares (LIBERTY) def. Daniela Dankanych (MAR) 6-4, 6-4 4. Madi Ballow (MAR) def. Maria Medina (LIBERTY) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 5. Victoria Walter (MAR) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTY) 7-5, 6-3 6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTY) def. Matilde Mulatero (MAR) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition 1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTY) def. Madi Ballow/Liz Stefancic (MAR) 6-4 2. Kalani Soli/Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTY) vs. Anna Smith/Daniela Dankanych (MAR) 6-6 (3-3), unfinished 3. Anna Dollar/Ashley Bongart (LIBERTY) def. Victoria Walter/Matilde Mulatero (MAR) 6-0
Liberty 14-6 Marshall 6-14 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,2,3,1,4,5) Official: B Harrison/A Sarver T-2:22
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren "I was very proud of our seniors, as each one of them produced a win for us today. Marshall is a very good team and well-coached. So this was a very good victory for our program. The girls handled the emotion of Senior Day and competed with tenacity once again. This match will add to our momentum and confidence as we prepare for our next match. To God be the glory!"
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