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Lady Flames Sweep Hoyas 7-0 in Home Opener on Saturday

January 25, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad earned a 7-0 home-opening sweep over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday afternoon at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

Liberty improves to 2-1 on the year and has now won seven straight openers under head coach Jeff Maren. This marks the second straight year in which the Lady Flames have swept their home opener by a 7-0 score. Last year, Liberty swept Navy 7-0 to begin its spring home slate.

Georgetown falls to 0-2 on the year. The Lady Flames improve to 1-1 all-time against the Hoyas.

Liberty claimed all three doubles matches and swept the singles session, winning five of those six bouts in straight sets.

Liberty 7, Georgetown 0

Singles Competition
1. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Moenster, Sofie (GU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. Mikos, Agata (GU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. De Santis, Elena (GU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Ashton, Olivia (GU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Short, Anna (GU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Aizpurua, Carmen (GU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Kalani Soli/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Ashton, Olivia/Mikos, Agata (GU) 6-2
2. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. De Santis, Elena/Short, Anna (GU) 7-5
3. Alexandra Almborg/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Moenster, Sofie/Bendetti, Chloe (GU) 6-2

Georgetown 0-2
Liberty 2-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)
Officials: P Williams/M Sarver T-3:40

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"I was very pleased with how our girls competed today. We played the crucial points better than we did last week and did a good job of implementing the things we've been working on in practice. This will be a confidence booster for us as we begin preparations for our next match. To God be the glory!"

How It Happened
• Liberty swept the doubles session for the first time this season. The Lady Flames' Kalani Soli and Eloise Saraty overcame an early 2-1 deficit to Olivia Ashton and Agata Mikos on court one to prevail 6-2.
• Liberty's pairing of Alexandra Almborg and Grace Hashiguchi (No. 3 doubles) captured a deuce point in the first game against Sofie Moenster and Chloe Bendetti and went on to win 6-2 to clinch the doubles point. The Lady Flames' No. 2 unit of Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre topped Elena De Santis and Anna Short 7-5 to complete the sweep.
• Reigning ASUN Player of the Week Kalani Soli took down Moenster at No. 1 singles by a 6-1, 6-4 count to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. Soli, who is now 3-0 this spring, has now won 17 straight singles dual matches dating back to the 2019 season and 34 straight singles sets in dual competition.
• The Lady Flames' Almborg controlled her match on court two against Mikos on the way to a straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) triumph. The sophomore's victory, her third of the spring campaign, pushed Liberty's lead up to 3-0. 
• Liberty's Nguyen officially gave the hosts the victory with her 6-3, 7-6 (1) decision over her counterpart, De Santis. De Santis erased a 5-2 second-set deficit to take a brief 6-5 lead before Nguyen took the next game and dominated the tiebreaker 7-1 to close out the match.
• Leading 4-0, Lovato battled past Olivia Ashton in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) to make it 5-0 in favor of the Lady Flames. The Austin, Texas, native joined Soli and Almborg as the three Liberty players with 3-0 singles mark in 2020.
• The last two matches to take the court were Ode Mitre (Liberty) against Short (Georgetown) on court five and Saraty (Liberty) versus Carmen Aizpurua (Georgetown). Ode Mitre picked up a two-set win (7-5, 6-4), followed by a two-set triumph from Saraty (7-6 (6), 6-1).
• Liberty has earned 7-0 sweeps in three of the past four spring home openers. Over the last seven years, the Lady Flames have outscored their opposition 45-4 in home openers.
• Liberty is 23-4 on its home courts over the past three-plus seasons. The Lady Flames have not lost a home match since March 31, 2018 (4-3 loss to Winthrop). Liberty has won its last seven home matches overall.

Next Up
• The Lady Flames will play at Navy (2-0) next Saturday. First serve between the Lady Flames and Midshipmen is set for 9 a.m. in Annapolis, Md.  
• Liberty topped Navy 7-0 in its home opener last year (Feb. 2, 2019) in what was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.