The Lady Flames tennis team earned a 4-2 home victory over the visiting Georgia State Panthers, Friday at Crosswhite Athletic Club.
Liberty (5-4) moves above .500 with the win and improves to 3-1 in home contests. Georgia State slips to 2-8 on the season and has dropped five straight.
The Lady Flames claimed the doubles session and took singles matches on courts one, three and four in the victory. Liberty senior Kalani Soli improved to 8-0 in the No. 1 slot, this spring.
Liberty 4, Georgia State 2
Singles Competition 1. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Chivu, Eva (GSU) 6-1, 6-1 2. Muminovic, Damira (GSU) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 6-4 3. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Carney, Angel (GSU) 6-3, 6-4 4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Stromova, Aleksandra (GSU) 6-1, 6-0 5. Stanescu, Andreea (GSU) def. Caisey Lee Emery (LIBERTYW) 6-3, 6-1 6. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) vs. Gheorghe, Denisa (GSU) 4-3, unfinished
Doubles Competition 1. Chivu, Eva/Stanescu, Andreea (GSU) def. Kalani Soli/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 6-2 2. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Muminovic, Damira/Carney, Angel (GSU) 6-1 3. Alexandra Almborg/Caisey Lee Emery (LIBERTYW) def. Stromova, Aleksandra/Pop, Mara (GSU) 6-1
Georgia State 2-8 Liberty 5-4 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3) Official: K Zimmerman T-2:10
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren "Today we played with composure against a good GSU team. Our focus and ability to stay in the now helped us to play through adverse situations and come out with the win. We continue to take positive steps forward this week, which is impressive for a young team."
How It Happened • The Lady Flames took a 1-0 lead with doubles victories in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. The team of Alexandra Almborg and Caisey Lee Emery collected a 6-1 victory over the Panthers' Aleksandra Stromova and Mara Pop at No. 3 doubles for their second triumph of the spring. • Liberty secured the doubles point on court two, as freshmen Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre bested Damira Muminovi and Angel Carney 6-1. The Lady Flames pairing is now 6-0 in the No. 2 position, this spring. • Soli put Liberty ahead 2-0 with her straight-sets victory (6-1, 6-1) on court one versus Eva Chivu. • Reigning ASUN Player of the Week Esther Lovato continued her strong play with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 result over Stromova in the No. 4 slot. The Lady Flames freshman's win bolstered her singles record to 7-2 in spring competition and bumped the Liberty lead to 3-0. • Georgia State sophomore Andreea Stanescu put the Panthers' first point on the board with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Emery in the No. 5 singles match. The Panthers' Muminovi trimmed the Liberty lead to 3-2 with her two-set win (6-1, 6-4) against her counterpart, Almborg, at flight two singles. • Leading 5-4 in the second set after winning the first, Nguyen (Liberty) served her way to victory against Carney in the No. 3 singles match, winning 6-3, 6-4. Her victory was the match-clinching fourth point and settled the final score at 4-2. Nguyen improves to 5-4 in spring single competition. • With the win, Liberty evened up the all-time series with Georgia State at 1-1. The Panthers won the inaugural meeting in 2018. • The Lady Flames have won 12 of their last 13 home matches and have not lost at Crosswhite Athletic Club since Feb. 24, 2018 (4-3 setback to James Madison).
Next Up • Liberty will play its second home match in as many days when it hosts Mount St. Mary's (0-4), Saturday afternoon. Match time is pegged for 1 p.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club in Lynchburg. • This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools but first since 2002. The Lady Flames topped the Mountaineers 7-0 in their inaugural meeting 18 years ago.