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Liberty Women's Tennis 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional Preview

October 24, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty is set to begin competing at the ITA Atlantic Regional starting on Friday morning.

Liberty is set to begin competing at the ITA Atlantic Regional starting on Friday morning.

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Nine Liberty women's tennis players are set to compete at the 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional, hosted by the Virginia Tech Hokies, beginning tomorrow.

The action will get started at 9 a.m. on Friday morning at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Day one of the five-day event will feature two rounds of qualifying singles.

Five Liberty players are in the qualifying singles draw, including: Esther Lovato, Alexandra Almborg, Micaela Ode Mitre, Tiffany Nguyen and Grace Hashiguchi. Senior Kalani Soli is the No. 13 seed in the singles main draw and will not play until Saturday. Junior Caisey Lee Emery is unseeded, but will also open her tournament on day two in the singles main draw.

Meanwhile, junior Nasha Ghajar and freshman Eloise Saraty will not compete in singles, but will begin play on Saturday in the doubles round of 64.

Event/Days/Location: ITA Atlantic Regional | Friday-Tuesday | Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center | Blacksburg, Va.

Participating Teams: Liberty, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Maryland, Penn State, VCU, William & Mary, West Virginia, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison, La Salle, Longwood, Marshall, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, Temple, Towson

Liberty Lady Flames Players Participating: Alexandra Almborg (singles and doubles), Caisey Lee Emery (singles and doubles), Nasha Ghajar (doubles), Grace Hashiguchi (singles and doubles), Esther Lovato (singles and doubles), Tiffany Nguyen (singles and doubles), Micaela Ode Mitre (singles and doubles), Eloise Saraty (doubles), Kalani Soli (singles and doubles)

Friday, 9 a.m. start: Two rounds of singles qualifying, Doubles Round of 64
Saturday, 9 a.m. start: Doubles Round of 32 and 16, Singles Main Draw Round of 64
Sunday, 9 a.m. start: Doubles Quarterfinals, Singles Round of 32 and 16
Monday, TBD start: Doubles Semifinals and Finals, Singles Quarterfinals
Tuesday, TBD start: Singles Semifinals and Finals

Draws will be posted later in the day on Thursday. Results will be available on at the conclusion of each day.

Tournament Breakdown:
Soli, an ASUN All-Conference first team performer last season, is seeded 13th in the singles main draw. She is 3-3 in singles so far this season while facing elite competition at the Oracle ITA Masters (Sept. 26-28) and ITA All-American Championships (Oct. 5). Nguyen and Lovato pace the Lady Flames with 4-2 singles marks this fall.

In doubles, eighth-year head coach Jeff Maren has used 14 different pairings this fall. Hashiguchi and Lovato have the best record (2-0) among the duos. Liberty's doubles pairings for the ITA Atlantic Regional are: Soli and Saraty, Nguyen and Ode Mitre, Hashiguchi and Emery and Ghajar and Almborg.