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Liberty Features Two Ranked Singles Players, Ranked Doubles Team in Atlantic Region

June 14, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames wrap up the 2018-19 campaign as the fifth-ranked team in the Atlantic Region, their best ranking in program history.

The Lady Flames wrap up the 2018-19 campaign as the fifth-ranked team in the Atlantic Region, their best ranking in program history.

Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings: Atlantic Region

The Lady Flames tennis team featured two ranked singles players and a ranked doubles squad in the final Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Regional Rankings for the Atlantic Region.

Additionally, Liberty wraps up the 2018-19 campaign as the fifth-ranked team in the Atlantic Region, its best ranking in program history.

"These rankings serve as validation for all the hard work every player and staff member put forth this season. Now, it is up to next year's team to continue this legacy of excellence," said Liberty Women's Tennis Associate Head Coach Giancarlo Lemmi.

Lady Flames senior Ashley Bongart garnered a No. 11 ranking, while junior Kalani Soli checked in at No. 14 in the region. The ITA lists the top-20 players in each region at season's end.

Liberty seniors Lara Soares and Maria Medina wrap up their careers as the 10th-ranked doubles team in the region. The ITA lists the top-10 doubles units in the region at the conclusion of the year.

The Lady Flames' No. 5 team ranking places them ahead of Virginia Tech (No. 6), James Madison (No. 7), William & Mary (No. 8), Temple (No. 9) and Richmond (No. 10). Virginia (No. 1), Old Dominion (No. 2), VCU (No. 3) and Penn State (No. 4) were listed as the top four teams in the Atlantic Region.

Bongart and Soli are both being honored in the regional rankings for the first time in their respective careers. This is also the first time in program history that the Lady Flames have had any singles player in the final regional rankings.

Bongart, who hails from Bradenton, Fla., earned her first national singles ranking (No. 107) on Feb. 20. The senior won 19 singles matches to go along with 20 doubles bouts during the 2018-19 season. She was honored on the ASUN All-Academic team and graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in digital media.

Soli, a native of Carson, Calif., put together an excellent first year at Liberty. The junior was a unanimous selection to the ASUN All-Conference first team. She posted a team-best 24 singles victories on the season and won her final 14 matches. Soli posted a perfect 15-0 mark at No. 2 singles and went 7-0 in ASUN regular-season contests.

Soli also won 17 doubles matches in her first season as a Lady Flame, posting an 8-3 mark in the spring with partner Grace Hashiguchi. She is majoring in criminal justice.

Soares and Medina, who are both being recognized in the regional rankings for the first time, led Liberty with 19 doubles victories, this season. They posted a 13-4 record at No. 1 doubles and a 4-1 record in ASUN matches for a Lady Flames squad which went 6-1 in the ASUN, earned a share of the conference's regular-season crown and claimed the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Women's Tennis Championship.

Soares, a native of Sobradinho, Brazil, earned ASUN All-Academic team recognition and graduated with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in May. Medina, who hails from Cumaná, Venezuela, also graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.