Lewis earned her first collegiate singles victory, Saturday against Mount St. Mary's.
Liberty picked up its second 7-0 sweep of the season and second win in as many days, defeating visiting Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon at Crosswhite Athletic Club.
The Lady Flames see their record improve to 6-4 on the season. The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers remain winless at 0-5 with the setback.
Liberty won the doubles point and did not drop a set in the victory on its home indoor courts. Lady Flames freshmen Kelly Lewis, who was making her spring debut, earned her first career collegiate singles win. In singles, the Lady Flames won a combined 60 games, compared to just 11 for the Mountaineers.
Liberty 7, Mount St. Mary's 0
Singles Competition 1. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Alexa Quintanilla (MSM) 6-1, 6-0 2. Caisey Lee Emery (LIBERTYW) def. Megan Smith (MSM) 6-2, 6-1 3. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Hannah Davis (MSM) 6-1, 6-1 4. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Mia Pittman (MSM) 6-0, 6-1 5. Kelly Lewis (LIBERTYW) def. Bri Gallagher (MSM) 6-1, 6-3 6. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. No player (MSM), by default
Doubles Competition 1. Kalani Soli/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Alexa Quintanilla/Megan Smith (MSM) 6-3 2. Caisey Lee Emery/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Hannah Davis/Mia Pittman (MSM) 6-1 3. Esther Lovato/Kelly Lewis (LIBERTYW) def. No player/No player (MSM), by default
Mount St. Mary's 0-5 Liberty 6-4 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,2) Official: R Sanders/S Lunsford T-1:34
How It Happened • The Lady Flames won both contested doubles matches (No. 1 and No. 2) for an early 1-0 edge. Playing together for the first time this spring, juniors Caisey Lee Emery and Grace Hashiguchi picked up a 6-1 victory over Hannah Davis and Mia Pittman on court two. • The No. 1 doubles match went to Liberty's Kalani Soli and Eloise Saraty by a 6-3 score over Alexa Quintanilla and Megan Smith. • Liberty won by default at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. • The Lady Flames' Eloise Saraty bested the Mountaineers' Mia Pittman 6-0, 6-1 on court four to get the hosts off to a promising start on court four. • Freshman Micaela Ode Mitre was the second Lady Flame to emerge victorious in singles, as she downed her counterpart, Hannah Davis, 6-1, 6-1 at flight three singles. The native of Peru's win provided Liberty a 4-0 edge. • Placed in the No. 1 singles spot for the first time in her career, ASUN Player of the Week Esther Lovato only lost one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Quintanilla. Lovato is now 8-2 in spring singles competition and leads all Liberty players with 17 singles victories on the year against just five losses. • Lewis' aforementioned first career singles triumph came in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) against her counterpart, Gallagher, in the No. 5 slot. • Appearing in just her third singles match of the spring, Emery (Liberty) needed two sets to defeat Smith (Mount St. Mary's), 6-2, 6-1, for her first triumph of 2020. • The Lady Flames' other 7-0 sweep came in their home opener against Georgetown, Jan. 25. Liberty sports a 4-1 mark at home in 2020 and a perfect 4-0 record at Crosswhite Athletic Club.
Next Up • Liberty will be back in action in 10 days when it plays a pair of matches in Hawaii. The Lady Flames will take on North Texas in a neutral site contest in Honolulu, March 10, followed by a March 11 match at Hawaii.
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