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Lady Flames Hold Off Spiders 4-3 on Wednesday

February 24, 2021  Richmond, Va.   RSS
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Liberty got past Richmond 4-3, Wednesday afternoon.

Liberty got past Richmond 4-3, Wednesday afternoon.

Liberty held on for a 4-3 triumph on the road at Richmond, Wednesday afternoon at the Westhampton Tennis Courts.

The Lady Flames snap a two-match losing skid and improve to 7-2 overall in 2021. Liberty has defeated Richmond in four straight meetings and now holds a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Spiders are 0-1 following the setback in what was their season opener.

Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
"This was one of those days where it felt like a lot was stacked against us, but we still found a way to come out on top. I'm proud of the fight and determination that we showed today. It wasn't our best tennis, but it was a team effort we can enjoy. To God be the glory!"  

Liberty 4, Richmond 3

Singles Competition
1. Emily Dunbar (UR) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 6-0
2. Dessi Zlateva (UR) def. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
3. Marina Davtyan (LIBERTYW) def. Andrea Campodonico (UR) 6-0, 6-1
4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Carly Cohen (UR) 6-2, 6-3
5. Sara Salemyr (UR) def. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) 7-5, 6-1
6. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Adrienne Hayes (UR) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Alexandra Almborg/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Emily Dunbar/Dessi Zlateva (UR) 6-3
2. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Sara Salemyr/Andrea Campodonico (UR) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Marina Davtyan/Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Carly Cohen/Adrienne Hayes (UR) 6-3

Liberty 7-2
Richmond 0-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,4,5,6,2)

How It Happened
• Liberty swept the doubles session for the sixth time this season for an early 1-0 lead.
• The Lady Flames' No. 3 unit, Marina Davtyan and Grace Hashiguchi, bested Carly Cohen and Adrienne Hayes by a 6-3 score. Liberty's No. 1 doubles team, Alexandra Almborg and Eloise Saraty, also won 6-3 versus Emily Dunbar and Dessi Zlateva.
• The visitors completed the sweep in tiebreaker fashion, as Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre (No. 2 doubles) improved to a perfect 8-0 with a 7-6 (2) decision over Sara Salemyr and Andrea Campodonico.
• Richmond evened the match at 1-all, as Dunbar took down Almborg 6-1, 6-0.
• However, Liberty responded by winning on courts three and four to retake the lead, 3-1. Davtyan claimed her eighth straight singles match, topping Campodonico in straight sets (6-0, 6-1). Lovato also ran her winning streak to eight matches and stayed unbeaten (8-0) with her 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Cohen on court four.
• The Spiders' Salemyr brought the home side within a point (3-2) by taking down Hashiguchi (No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-1. Liberty No. 6 singles player Ode Mitre secured the victory with her 7-5, 6-1 result over Haynes for a 4-2 lead.
• The only match to last three sets was between Nguyen (Liberty) and Zlateva (Richmond) in the No. 2 singles bout. Nguyen trailed 5-2 in the third set but won the next three games to even things up at 5-5. Zlateva closed out the match by claiming the last two games for a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 triumph.
• The Liberty-Richmond match was originally slated for this coming Sunday but was moved up four days due to pleasant weather conditions in the state capitol on Wednesday.

Next Up
• Liberty will play its next match at home against William & Mary, March 6. The Lady Flames and Tribe will square off at 1 p.m.    
• This will be the third meeting between the two schools. Liberty won the most recent showdown, 4-2 on April 8, 2019 at the Cook Tennis Center.