Liberty Claims 4 Total Victories on First Day of Mean Green Invite
The Liberty women’s tennis squad picked up four victories, three in singles and one in doubles, on the first day of competition at the North Texas Mean Green Invite.
The Lady Flames played 11 of their 13 matches on Friday afternoon against players from UT Arlington. Liberty also competed in two matches against players from VCU, one doubles and one singles.
Liberty’s three singles victories today at the Waranch Tennis Complex came from Maria Juliana Parra Romero, No. 120-ranked Esther Lovato and Elsa Kirch. The Lady Flames’ one doubles triumph was from the pairing of Parra Romero and Alexandra Almborg.
Key Stats & Notes
• Parra Romero added to her season win total, collecting her team-best 11th singles victory of the fall. The freshman from Bucaramanga, Colombia improved to 11-2 on the season with a 6-1, 7-5 result over UT Arlington’s Momoka Horiguchi.
• Facing off against VCU’s Nina Sorkin, Lovato won in three sets, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2 for her seventh fall triumph.
• A week after winning her first career collegiate singles match, Kirch claimed her second victory. The freshman from Garner, N.C. battled back to top the UTA Mavericks’ Nika Novikova 2-6, 7-5, 6-0.
• Earlier in the day, Parra Romero and Almborg faced off against VCU’s Anja Draskovic and Yelizaveta Karlova. Parra Romero and Almborg came away with an 8-6 victory in what was their first-ever match as partners.
Liberty will be back in action on Saturday against North Texas at 4 p.m. Eastern. This will be a preview of a spring 2022 dual match between the Lady Flames and Mean Green, set for Feb. 18 in Tampa, Fla.
Remaining Schedule (all times Eastern)
Noon – UT Arlington vs. UTEP
4 p.m. – Liberty vs. North Texas
11 a.m. – Liberty vs. UTEP
3 p.m. – North Texas vs. UT Arlington