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    Liberty Downs East Carolina 4-2 in Home Opener

    Jan 28, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Women's Tennis

    The Liberty Lady Flames downed the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 4-2 on Saturday at the Liberty Tennis Complex. The match was the home opener for Liberty.

    Liberty improves to 2-1 on the year, while ECU falls to 1-2.

    The match against East Carolina was the first of a doubleheader for Liberty. The Flames are scheduled to play Longwood later today at 5 p.m.

    Liberty 4, East Carolina 2

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Isabella Ortiz (ECU) 6-3, 6-0
    2. Marina Davtyan (LIBERTYW) def. Ines Bachir (ECU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
    3. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) vs. Martina Muzzolon (ECU) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
    4. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Alisha Hussain (ECU) 6-4, 6-3
    5. Joan Madi (ECU) def. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) 6-4, 6-4
    6. Maretha Burger (LIBERTYW) def. Laura Becker (ECU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

    Doubles Competition

    1. Ines Bachir/Alisha Hussain (ECU) def. M. Juliana P. Romero/Marina Davtyan (LIBERTYW) 6-1
    2. Martina Muzzolon/Isabella Ortiz (ECU) def. Esther Lovato/Maretha Burger (LIBERTYW) 6-3
    3. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Laura Becker/Joan Madi (ECU) 6-2

    Liberty 2-1
    East Carolina 1-2
    Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2)
    Official: Zimmerman/Mayrosh T-2:52

    How It Happened
    • Liberty lost the doubles point after dropping two out of two matches. Liberty’s No. 3 pairing of Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre won their match moments after the Lady Flames lost their second match. Nguyen and Ode Mitre topped Laura Becker and Joan Madi 6-2.
    • Liberty’s first point of the match came from No. 1 Maria Juliana Parra Romero, defeating the Pirates’ Isabella Ortiz 6-3. 6-0. Parra Romero improved to 3-0 in spring singles matches with the triumph.
    • Liberty received crucial points from No. 4 Tiffany Nguyen facing East Carolina’s Alisha Hussain, winning 6-4, 6-3. The Lady Flames’ No. 6 Maretha Burger won her match against Laura Becker 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. That victory gave Liberty a 3-2 lead at the time.
    • The clinching point of the match came from Liberty’s No. 2 Mariana Davtyan, who fought to win in three sets against East Carolina’s Ines Bachir El Bouhali. The final score of the match was 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
    • Liberty improves to 3-4 all-time against ECU and has won each of the last three meetings.
    • Today’s match was played at both the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center and Liberty Tennis Complex. An hour into the match, play was delayed at the indoor facility due to a power outage. Play resumed around 11 a.m. at the outdoor stadium courts.

    Next Up
    • The Flames will face Longwood in the second leg of today’s doubleheader at 5 p.m.
    • The Lady Flames have met the Lancers 20 times, with Liberty holding a 16-4 record. The two last played in 2022, with the Lady Flames picking up a 7-0 sweep at the Liberty Tennis Complex. Liberty has swept Longwood 7-0 in five straight meetings dating back to the 2017 campaign and has topped the Lancers in 11 straight contests overall.