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    Liberty continued its success in ASUN Conference play on Friday with a 6-1 win over host North Alabama at the UNA Varsity Tennis Courts.

    The Lady Flames see their record improve to 15-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play following their third straight league victory. Liberty secures its ninth 15-win season in program history. The Lady Flames have seven 15-win seasons in the last eight full seasons.

    Meanwhile, North Alabama (2-15) remains winless in ASUN play, falling to 0-4. Liberty runs its record to 4-0 all-time against UNA.

    Liberty 6, North Alabama 1

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Payton Andrews (UNA) 6-0, 6-1
    2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Sydney Flesch (UNA) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
    3. Juliette Talieu (UNA) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-6)
    4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Kalais Going (UNA) 6-1, 6-0
    5. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Makayla Loubser (UNA) 6-1, 6-3
    6. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Nicole Reilly (UNA) 6-1, 6-0

    Doubles Competition

    1. Kalani Soli/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Payton Andrews/Gabriela Cevallos (UNA) 6-0
    2. Juliette Talieu/Kalais Going (UNA) vs. Willa Rogers/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 2-4, unfinished
    3. Micaela Ode Mitre/Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. Lee-Taylor Bishop/Sydney Flesch (UNA) 6-1

    Liberty 15-5, 4-1 ASUN
    North Alabama 2-15, 0-4 ASUN
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)

    How It Happened
    • Liberty set the tone with a dominant doubles session and won all but one singles match. Four of the Lady Flames’ five singles triumphs were in straight sets. In those four straight-sets victories, Liberty won a combined 48 games and lost only seven games.
    • The Lady Flames’ No. 3 doubles unit, Micaela Ode Mitre and Tiffany Nguyen, picked up a 6-1 win against Lee-Taylor Bishop and Sydney Flesch of the Lions. Ode Mitre and Nguyen pace all Liberty doubles units with six spring victories.
    • Liberty’s top doubles unit, Kalani Soli and Maria Juliana Parra Romero, upended Payton Andrews and Gabriela Cevallos 6-0 for a 1-0 Lady Flames lead shortly after Ode Mitre and Nguyen closed out their match. Since joining forces last weekend, Soli and Parra Romero are a perfect 3-0 in the No. 1 slot.
    • Ode Mitre, playing in the No. 6 singles position, dropped her first game to UNA’s Nicole Reilly before reeling off 12 games in a row for a 6-1, 6-0 triumph. Ode Mitre (15-8 overall, 9-2 spring singles) has won five matches in a row.
    • Liberty’s Esther Lovato ran her singles winning streak to 13 matches and provided the guests a 3-0 edge, as she topped Kalais Going 6-1, 6-0 on court four. Lovato leads all Lady Flames with 24 singles wins between fall and spring competition and paces the squad with a 15-2 mark.
    • Freshman standout Parra Romero sealed the victory for Liberty by virtue of a two-set triumph (6-0, 6-1) versus Andrews in the No. 1 singles match. The Lady Flames rookie improves to 12-2 in spring singles contest and sports an 8-1 mark in the No. 1 position.
    • Liberty increased its advantage to five points (5-0) when Nguyen tallied a 6-1, 6-3 victory against her counterpart, Makayla Loubser, at No. 5 singles. Lady Flames senior Soli battled past Flesch on court two for a come-from-behind 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) win and a 6-0 lead.
    • The Lions avoided the shutout, as Juliette Talieu rallied to edge Alexandra Almborg 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6).
    • Today’s five-point margin of victory is the largest margin of victory in series history. In four all-time matchups, Liberty has outscored UNA 20-5.
    • Liberty holds a 7-1 record in matches since March 5.

    Next Up
    • The Lady Flames will take on the only remaining unbeaten team in the ASUN, Central Arkansas (12-6, 4-0 ASUN), on Sunday. The match will get under way at noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central) at the UCA Tennis Courts in Conway, Ark.
    • Sunday’s match between Liberty and Central Arkansas will be the first meeting between the two schools in women’s tennis. The UCA Bears are in their first year in the ASUN.