ASUN Leader Liberty to Face Bellarmine in Last Regular Season Road Match
ASUN Conference leader Liberty will face Bellarmine in its final ASUN regular season road match on Friday.
First serve between the Lady Flames (16-5, 5-1 ASUN) and Knights (1-19, 0-6 ASUN) is 10 a.m. at the Eddie Weber Tennis Complex in Louisville, Ky. The match will be played indoors due to inclement weather expected for Friday in the Louisville area.
Liberty is in first place in the ASUN with a 5-1 mark, a half game ahead of Stetson (16-2, 4-1 ASUN), FGCU (10-6, 4-1 ASUN), Central Arkansas (11-7, 4-1 ASUN) and North Florida (10-8, 4-1 ASUN). The Lady Flames defeated Central Arkansas 5-2 in a road match this past Sunday, handing the Bears their first conference loss.
Bellarmine is in search of its first ASUN victory. The Knights fell 5-2 at North Alabama, last Sunday in their most recent match.
This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two squads. Liberty is 3-0 all-time versus Bellarmine, with all three of those wins coming during the 2021 campaign. The Lady Flames topped the Knights 4-0 in last year’s ASUN Championship quarterfinals, eliminating them from postseason play.
Lady Flames News and Notes
• Liberty is three victories away from matching the program record of 19 wins, held by the 2015 team. The Lady Flames have three remaining regular season matches plus postseason competition.
• Liberty has won 15 or more matches in seven of the last eight full seasons.
• Sophomore Esther Lovato (25-4 overall, 16-2 spring) and freshman Maria Juliana Parra Romero (24-4 overall, 13-2 spring) have led Liberty in wins this season. With one more Parra Romero victory, giving her 25 wins, Parra Romero and Lovato will became the first duo in program history to win 25 or more matches each in a season.
• The Lady Flames have won the doubles point in eight straight contests, a streak which began on March 13. The last time Liberty dropped the doubles point was on March 5 at William & Mary. The Lady Flames are 15-5 in doubles during those eight matches. Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre lead the way with a 4-0 record in the No. 3 slot.
• Liberty has also been dominant in singles with a 31-8 (.795) record over the last eight matches. Lovato (8-0), Parra Romero (5-0) and Micaela Ode Mitre (5-0) are all unbeaten during that stretch.
• Liberty captured a share of the ASUN regular season title in 2019 and earned the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship that year. In 2021, the Lady Flames posted a 6-0 mark in ASUN North Division play and earned the North Division’s top seed.
• After Friday’s match against the Knights, Liberty will host North Florida (April 14) and Stetson (April 16) to close out regular season play. Both matches will begin at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Tennis Complex. The April 16 match versus the Stetson Hatters will be Senior Day for the Lady Flames.