Liberty Earns First SEC Win in Program History, 4-3 Over Missouri at Home
Liberty earned its first win in program history over an SEC opponent, knocking off Missouri 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.
The Lady Flames improve to 8-3 this season and extend their winning streak to six games while improve to 6-0 at home in 2022. Liberty also remains perfect at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center at 10-0. Missouri slips to 4-5 and sees its two-match winning streak halted.
Liberty trailed Missouri 3-0 in the match but won first sets on courts two, four, five and six. The Lady Flames took all four of those matches, with sophomore Esther Lovato’s three-set victory at No. 4 singles over Gabriela Martinez (6-4, 3-6, 6-1), securing the 4-3 victory.
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
“This is a signature win for our program! The team came together and battled as one against a very good team. This will serve as a confidence boost for the rest of the season. To God be the glory!
Liberty 4, Missouri 3
- Bronte Murgett (MIZ) def. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 6-4
- Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
- Ellie Wright (MIZ) def. Willa Rogers (LIBERTYW) 6-3, 6-0
- Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
- Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Romary Cardenas (MIZ) 6-2, 6-4
- Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Elys Ventura (MIZ) 6-3, 6-3
- Bronte Murgett/Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) def. Tiffany Nguyen/Maretha Burger (LIBERTYW) 6-3
- Emelie Schwarte/Elys Ventura (MIZ) def. Micaela Ode Mitre/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 6-3
- Eloise Saraty/Willa Rogers (LIBERTYW) def. Ellie Wright/Romary Cardenas (MIZ) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,5,6,2,4)
Official: P Williams/J Conley T-3:11
How It Happened
• Missouri took the doubles point from Liberty, only the second time in the last six matches that the Lady Flames have dropped the doubles session. The Lady Flames won four of the six singles matches.
• Liberty is 2-2 in matches in which it has dropped the doubles point and has won each of its last two matches when that has happened. The Lady Flames defeated South Florida 4-2 last Saturday in its most recent match prior to today despite falling in the doubles session.
• Liberty’s No. 3 duo, Eloise Saraty and Willa Rogers, defeated Ellie Wright and Romary Cardenas 6-1. Saraty and Rogers improve to 2-0 this season in doubles.
• The Tigers’ top duo, Bronte Murgett and Martinez, trailed 1-0 early on in their match with Tiffany Nguyen and Maretha Burger but came back to win 6-3. Less than a minute later, Missouri’s No. 2 pairing, Emelie Schwarte and Elys Ventura, won a deuce point to defeat the Lady Flames’ Micaela Ode Mitre and Maria Juliana Parra Romero 6-3.
• Missouri’s two singles wins came from Wright (No. 3) and Murgett (No. 1). Wright downed the Lady Flames’ Rogers 6-3, 6-0. Murgett topped Liberty’s Parra Romero, the ASUN Player of the Week, in straight sets (6-2, 6-4), ending Parra Romero’s six-match winning streak. Missouri led 3-0 after Murgett’s result.
• The Lady Flames’ first point of the day came from Nguyen, 6-2, 6-4 over Cardenas on court five. Nguyen never trailed in either set of her match on the way to her fourth straight singles triumph in the No. 5 singles position.
• Liberty’s Ode Mitre picked up her fourth straight win in the No. 6 position. The sophomore bested Ventura 6-3, 6-3 to get the Lady Flames within a point (3-2).
• The Lady Flames’ Saraty, playing in the No. 2 slot in the lineup for the first time in her career, ran her winning streak to four matches by virtue of a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win against Schwarte. The
• Lovato’s aforementioned three-set victory, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 over Martinez, provided Liberty the one-point. Lovato is 16-4 on the season and 7-2 in spring matches.
• Prior to Wednesday, the last time Liberty faced an SEC team was a road contest at Texas A&M on Feb. 4, 2018.
• Liberty’s six-match winning streak ties the longest winning streak since the Lady Flames won their first six matches to open the 2021 campaign.
• Liberty returns to the courts on Sunday at No. 38 Charlotte (7-2). First serve is 1 p.m. at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in Charlotte, N.C.
• The Lady Flames are 3-2 all-time against the 49ers. Liberty fell 4-2 to Charlotte in the most recent matchup between the two teams (March 17, 2021).