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    The Liberty Lady Flames downed the visiting James Madison Dukes 4-1, Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.

    Liberty improves its record in 2022 to 4-3 and has won back-to-back matches for the first time this season. James Madison falls to 2-4.

    Liberty stays unbeaten at home (4-0). The Lady Flames improve to 9-0 all-time at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center. Liberty moves to 7-6 all-time against the Dukes and has won the last two matchups.

    Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
    “We started very well in both singles and doubles. Our energy and fight were very good. JMU is a very good team, top 50 last year, so we needed to be at a high level. The girls were able to produce what we needed. I’m very proud of their efforts. To God be the glory!”

    Liberty 4, James Madison 1

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Natalia Nikolopoulou (JMU) 6-1, 6-0
    2. Daria Afanasyeva (JMU) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 7-5, 6-4
    3. Marina Davtyan (LIBERTYW) vs. Kylie Moulin (JMU) 3-6, 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
    4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Hope Moulin (JMU) 6-2, 6-4
    5. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Amanda Nord (JMU) 7-5, 6-4
    6. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) vs. Daniela Voloh (JMU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 0-1, unfinished

    Doubles Competition

    1. Tiffany Nguyen/Maretha Burger (LIBERTYW) vs. Daniela Voloh/Michelle Los Arcos (JMU) 5-3, unfinished
    2. Micaela Ode Mitre/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Daria Afanasyeva/Kylie Moulin (JMU) 6-4
    3. Marina Davtyan/Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Natalia Nikolopoulou/Amanda Nord (JMU) 6-1

    Liberty 4-3
    James Madison 2-4
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,2,5)
    Official: Harrison/Zimmerman T-2:31

    How It Happened
    • The Lady Flames claimed the doubles point and earned single victories on courts one, four and five to get to four points.
    • Liberty’s No. 3 doubles pairing, Marina Davtyan and Esther Lovato, earned a dominant 6-1 win over JMU’s Natalia Nikolopoulou and Amanda Nord.
    • The Lady Flames took a 1-0 lead after their No. 2 duo, Micaela Ode Mitre and Maria Juliana Parra Romero, topped Daria Afanasyeva and Kylie Moulin 6-4.
    • The first singles win from Liberty came from Parra Romero in the No. 1 slot, a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Nikolopoulou. The Lady Flames stretched their lead to 3-0 with Lovato’s 6-2, 6-4 result against Moulin on court four.
    • Parra Romero improved to 15-3 with her win, and Lovato bolstered her record to 12-4 in singles.
    • JMU’s lone victory in the match was from Afanasyeva versus Alexandra Almborg at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-4.
    • The match-clinching fourth point came from the Lady Flames’ Tiffany Nguyen. The sophomore defeated Amanda Nord 7-5, 6-4.
    • Liberty junior Marina Davtyan led 5-2 in the third set of her match with Moulin before her match went unfinished.

    Next Up
    • Liberty will take on Longwood (0-3) this afternoon in an outdoor match at the Liberty Tennis Complex. Match time is 3 p.m.
    • The Lady Flames are 15-4 all-time against the Lancers. The two squads last met just over a year ago (Feb. 7, 2021), with Liberty sweeping the doubleheader by identical 7-0 scores.