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    No. 4 seed Liberty downed No. 5 seed Central Arkansas 4-2 in the quarterfinal round of the ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship, Friday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

    Liberty (18-7) advances to tomorrow’s semifinals, where it will face No. 1 seed and tournament host FGCU (14-6) at 9 a.m. Central Arkansas sees its season end with a 12-11 record. The other semifinal will pit No. 2 seed Stetson (20-2) against No. 3 seed North Florida (15-8). The Ospreys bested No. 6 seed Kennesaw State 4-0 in Friday’s other semifinal.  

    The Lady Flames won both matchups with the Bears this season. Liberty’s 18 victories match the second most in a single season in program history. The Lady Flames also won 18 matches in 2018 and 2021.

    Saturday, April 23 – Semifinals
    No. 1 seed FGCU (14-6) vs. No. 4 seed Liberty (18-7), 9 a.m.
    No. 2 seed Stetson (20-2) vs. No. 3 seed North Florida (15-8), 9 a.m.

    Sunday, April 24 – Final

    Winners of semifinals, 10 a.m. – ESPN+

    Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
    “We had to dig deep today against a very good team. UCA is solid from top to bottom, and they took it to us in doubles. But we’ve faced uphill battles all year, and the girls responded once again by digging deep and finding a way to turn the tide. I’m very proud of our efforts today. To God be the glory!”

    Liberty 4, Central Arkansas 2

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Chunxi Xin (UCA) 7-5, 7-5
    2. Fuka Nonoyama (UCA) def. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 6-1
    3. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Jaeun Lee (UCA) 7-5, 6-4
    4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Yada Vasupongchai (UCA) 6-0, 5-7, 6-0
    5. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) vs. Sumomo Hamanaga (UCA) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
    6. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Maja Gledic (UCA) 6-2, 6-4

    Doubles Competition

    1. Chunxi Xin/Fuka Nonoyama (UCA) def. M. Juliana P. Romero/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 6-3
    2. Willa Rogers/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Mei Ishimura/Yada Vasupongchai (UCA) 6-3
    3. Maja Gledic/Sumomo Hamanaga (UCA) def. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) 6-4

    Liberty 18-7
    Central Arkansas 12-11
    Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,1)
    2022 ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship Quarterfinals
    Official: Bob Both T-3:15 A-78

    How It Happened
    • The Lady Flames fell into an early 2-0 hole but climbed back to secure a berth in the ASUN semifinals with singles triumphs on courts six, three, four and one, in that order. Liberty has now reached the ASUN semifinal round in each of its first three full seasons in the league.
    • Liberty dropped the doubles point for a third straight match. The Lady Flames had won the doubles point in five straight contests prior to the recent skid.
    • Central Arkansas No. 1 and No. 3 units helped secure the first point of the day for the No. 5 seed. On court one, Chunxi Xin and Fuka Nonoyama claimed four of the final five games from Kalani Soli and Maria Juliana Parra Romero to prevail 6-3. The UCA duo committed 13 unforced errors in the match, while the Liberty pairing made 19.
    • Liberty evened up the doubles session with a strong showing from its No. 2 pairing, Willa Rogers and Eloise Saraty. Rogers and Saraty got past Mei Ishimura and Yada Vasupongchai 6-3, improving to 7-2 in the process. The Lady Flames duo won 60 percent of their serve return points, breaking UCA’s three times.
    • Maja Gledic and Sumomo Hamanaga of the Bears won three of the four deuce points in their match with Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre of the Lady Flames and produced a 6-3 victory to clinch the doubles session.
    • Early on in singles, Bears first team All-ASUN selection Fuka Nonoyama topped the Lady Flames’ Eloise Saraty 6-2, 6-1 on court two for a 2-0 UCA lead.
    • Liberty evened the match at 2-all with victories from Nguyen (No. 6) and Soli (No. 3). Nguyen, an ASUN All-Conference second team honoree, avenged a doubles loss to Gledic, winning 6-2, 6-4. Nguyen hit 19 winners in the match, while Gledic hit 10.
    • Soli, playing in the No. 3 slot for the first time this season, evened the match at 2-all with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Jaeun Lee. Soli held edges in winners (24-13), serve points won (63 percent to 48 percent) and return points won (52 percent to 38 percent).
    • Liberty’s Esther Lovato, a first team All-ASUN selection, collected a 6-0, 5-7, 6-0 win over Vasupongchai in the No. 4 singles match to give the higher seed its first lead of the day, 3-2. Vasupongchai committed a total of 68 errors (18 forced, 50 unforced) in the match, while Lovato made only 24 total errors (12 force, 12 unforced).
    • After winning the first set 7-5 against her counterpart on court one, Xin, ASUN Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference selection Parra Romero trailed 5-3 in the second set. Parra Romero won a deuce point to keep the set alive (5-4) and then reeled off three more games in a row for the 7-5, 7-5 win to clinch the 4-2 Liberty victory. The Lady Flames freshman also closed out the match by taking another deuce point.
    • Lovato (18-3 spring) and Parra Romero (16-3 spring) each improve to 27-5 in singles during the 2021-22 campaign. Both players are one victory away from tying the program record, 28 wins, set by Jordan Jenkins 12 years ago (2010).
    • The Lady Flames improve to 2-2 all-time in ASUN Championship matches.
    • Liberty is 2-0 all-time against UCA.

    Next Up
    • Liberty will meet No. 1 seed FGCU (14-6) in tomorrow’s semifinals. First serve is 9 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
    • The Lady Flames are 0-5 all-time against the Eagles. FGCU edged Liberty 4-3 at the FGCU Tennis Complex, March 20. Four of Liberty’s five losses to FGCU have come by a 4-3 score.