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Liberty Set to Take on Miami (Ohio) and Middle Tennessee in Florida to Open 2020 Slate

January 16, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Lady Flames women's tennis team will open its spring 2020 dual match slate with a pair of matches down in Florida, Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Flames will first take on the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Friday morning at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Match time is set for 10 a.m. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Liberty will take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in another neutral site match at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

Liberty will be facing both Miami and MTSU for the first time. This marks the second straight year the Lady Flames will play two matches at the FGCU Tennis Complex. In 2019, the Lady Flames took on the Chattanooga Mocs (7-0 win on March 14) and FGCU Eagles (4-3 loss on March 17) at the facility. Liberty will host FGCU in ASUN action on March 28 in Lynchburg.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty's roster features one senior (Kalani Soli), two juniors (Caisey Lee Emery and Grace Hashiguchi), one sophomore (Alexandra Almborg) and five freshmen (Kelly Lewis, Esther Lovato, Tiffany Nguyen, Micaela Ode Mitre and Eloise Saraty). Soli was a first team ASUN All-Conference player a year ago, while Almborg made the ASUN All-Freshmen team.
  • The Lady Flames were picked as the conference co-favorites, along with North Florida, in the ASUN Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll. 
  • Liberty holds a 7-12 record all-time in spring season openers but is 4-2 in those matches over the past six seasons.
  • The Lady Flames finished 15-7 overall and 6-1 in their first year in the ASUN in 2019. They earned a share of the league's regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Women's Tennis Championship.
  • Last year, Miami finished with a 12-11 overall record and 6-1 record in the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks captured a conference title and advanced to the 2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. MTSU was 11-13 overall and 2-3 in Conference USA matches in 2019.
  • This past fall, the Lady Flames claimed three titles at the Cal State Northridge Invitational in what was their last event of 2019. The freshmen doubles team Nguyen and Ode Mitre claimed a doubles crown, while Lovato and Hashiguchi each captured singles titles in their respective flights. Lovato paced all Liberty players with nine singles wins during the fall campaign.
  • The Lady Flames' first home match will take place on Jan. 25 against Georgetown at 1 p.m.
  • In November, Liberty Athletics announced plans to build an indoor tennis facility on campus. The 75,000-square foot facility is expected to be completed in January 2021.