Liberty Picks Up 10th Win, Besting UTSA 4-0
Visiting Liberty bested UTSA 4-0 at the UTSA Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon for its 10th win of the season.
The Lady Flames see their record improve to 10-4 on the season, including a 3-2 road mark. Liberty has won back-to-back matches and eight of their last nine after defeating the Roadrunners for the first time.
The Lady Flames have now won 10 or more matches in 11 straight full seasons, dating back to the 2011 campaign.
UTSA drops to 1-13 on the season and has lost its last 10 matches.
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
“We are getting better at overcoming adversity with each match! This time, the adversity came from us, as we didn’t play well but still found a way to dig deep and scratch out a win. We will need to improve over the next few days before facing our next challenge. To God be the glory!’
Liberty 4, UTSA 0
- Aleksandra Zlatarova (UTSA) vs. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 3-6, 1-2, unfinished
- Jasmin Starr (UTSA) vs. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 3-3, unfinished
- S. Bobrovnikova (UTSA) vs. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
- Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Eva Beyebach (UTSA) 6-1, 6-0
- Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. No player (UTSA), by default
- Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. No player (UTSA), by default
- Tiffany Nguyen/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Aleksandra Zlatarova/Keegan McCain (UTSA) 7-5
- Jasmin Starr/Sophie Omoworare (UTSA) def. Alexandra Almborg/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 6-1
- Kalani Soli/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Eva Beyebach/S. Bobrovnikova (UTSA) 7-6 (9-7)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4)
How It Happened
• Liberty won a closely-contested doubles point to go up 1-0. The Lady Flames led 3-0 to start singles after UTSA pulled its No. 5 and No. 6 singles players (retirement). Needing to win only one of the four contested singles matches, Liberty closed it out on court four with Esther Lovato’s 6-1, 6-0 result over Eva Beyebach.
• The Roadrunners’ No. 2 doubles unit, Jasmin Starr and Sophie Omoworare, topped Liberty’s Alexandra Almborg and Eloise Saraty by a 6-1 score to get the hosts halfway to the doubles victory. However, the Lady Flames’ Tiffany Nguyen and Maria Juliana Parra Romero scratched out a 7-5 triumph versus Aleksandra Zlatarova and Keegan McCain at No. 1 doubles.
• It came down to the No. 3 doubles match between Kalani Soli and Micaela Ode Mitre (Liberty) and Eva Beyebach/Stanislava Bobrovnikova to decide the doubles point. Soli and Ode Mitre saved two match points to stay alive in the contest and eventually prevailed, 7-6 (7).
• Soli and Ode Mitre became the 17th different doubles pairing Liberty has used this season in its 14 dual matches to date.
• Lovato’s singles victory today was her 59th career singles triumph at Liberty. The Austin, Texas native has the best singles winning percentage in program history with 59 wins against only 10 losses for a .855 winning percentage. Lovato’s next victory will make her the ninth player in school history to reach 60 wins.
• The all-time series is even 1-1 between the two squads. The Roadrunners won the inaugural meeting in 2014.
• Liberty’s second match in Texas will be on Wednesday at Texas State. Match time is 3 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Central) at the Bobcat Tennis Complex in San Marcos, Texas.
• This will be the first dual match between the Lady Flames and Bobcats.