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    Liberty won its second ASUN match of the weekend, defeating visiting Lipscomb 6-1 on Sunday at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.

    The Lady Flames bolster their overall record to 14-5 and 3-1 in the ASUN. Lipscomb slips to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

    Liberty runs its home record to 8-0 in 2022 and improves to 5-0 all-time versus Lipscomb as well.

    Thoughts From Micaela Ode Mitre
    “This weekend has been great for us because it has helped us to gain confidence and have another opportunity to compete at a high level. The team unity is one of the most important things that helps to keep us pushing ourselves and getting better every day.”

    Liberty 6, Lipscomb 1

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. DOBRANOS, Sasha (LIP-W) 6-4, 6-1
    2. POPOVA, Kate (LIP-W) def. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 6-4, 6-2
    3. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. ZAKORDONIEC, Emma (LIP-W) 6-2, 6-3
    4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. TRBEZNIK, Anja (LIP-W) 6-2, 6-0
    5. Willa Rogers (LIBERTYW) def. DIACHENKO, Liza (LIP-W) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
    6. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. BANDY, Maddox (LIP-W) 2-6, 6-0, 5-3, retired

    Doubles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. POPOVA, Kate/DOBRANOS, Sasha (LIP-W) 6-2
    2. Willa Rogers/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) vs. ZAKORDONIEC, Emma/BANDY, Maddox (LIP-W) 5-3, unfinished
    3. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. CHAPMAN, Eleanor/HOWARD, Perri (LIP-W) 6-2

    Liberty 14-5, 3-1 ASUN
    Lipscomb 6-9, 2-2 ASUN
    Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,3,1,5)
    Official: Williams/Harrison T-2:46 

    How It Happened
    • Liberty won the doubles point for a second straight match on the strength of its No. 1 and No. 3 units. The Lady Flames’ Maria Juliana Parra Romero and Kalani Soli were the first team to secure victory, doing so with a 6-2 win over Kate Popova and Sasha Dobranos on court one.
    • Liberty’s No. 3 team, Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre, topped Eleanor Chapman and Perri Howard 6-2. Nguyen and Ode Mitre are a team-best 5-1 in spring doubles contests, including a 4-0 mark in the No. 2 slot.
    • Lady Flames sophomore Esther Lovato defeated Anja Trbeznik by a 6-2, 6-0 to put the hosts on top 2-0. Lovato is 14-2 in singles this spring and has won 12 straight matches. Over her last six matches, Lovato has won 72 games while losing only nine.
    • Lipscomb’s Popova put a point on the board for the guests with her 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Soli on court two.
    • Liberty junior Alexandra Almborg (No. 3 singles) won her singles match by a 6-2, 6-3 score versus Emma Zakordoniec.
    • With the Lady Flames leading 3-1, Parra Romero sealed the victory for the Lady Flames. She bested Dobranos 6-4, 6-1 on court one. The Liberty freshman is 11-2 in spring singles contests, including a 7-1 mark in the No. 1 position.
    • Liberty’s final two wins came in three-set fashion. Nguyen prevailed over Maddox Bandy (2-6, 6-0, 5-3 retired), while Willa Rogers edged Liza Diachenko 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Both Lady Flames players trailed by a set before rallying for victory.
    • Liberty’s five-point margin of victory is its largest ever against Lipscomb. All four previous meetings between the two squads resulted in a 4-3 Lady Flames win.
    • The Lady Flames improve to 15-2 all-time in ASUN regular season matches.
    • Liberty closes out the month of March with a 6-1 record.

    Next Up
    • Liberty will play its next match on the road at North Alabama (2-14, 0-3 ASUN). Friday’s match will get under way at 3 p.m. Eastern at the UNA Varsity Tennis Courts in Florence, Ala.
    • The Lady Flames are 3-0 all-time against the Lions. Liberty defeated UNA twice in 2021, both by 5-2 scores.