Liberty Prevails 4-0 at Kennesaw State in First ASUN Match
Liberty prevailed by a 4-0 score over Kennesaw State in its first ASUN match of the season, Saturday afternoon at Betty Siegel Courts.
The Lady Flames run their overall mark to 12-4 on the year and are 1-0 in ASUN play. Meanwhile, the Owls (10-2) suffer only their second loss of 2022 and fall to 0-1 in conference.
Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
“It was a tough battle today. KSU is a very good team who fights hard. We had to do the same, and I was very proud of our girls fighting through adversity and problem solving really well. To God be the glory!”
Liberty 4, Kennesaw State 0
1. Kat Muzik (KSUW) vs. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 3-6, 5-1, unfinished
2. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. Taylor Dean (KSUW) 6-3, 6-3
3. Ji Youn Lee (KSUW) vs. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 7-5, 2-0, unfinished
4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Valentina Taddia (KSUW) 6-0, 6-0
5. Sophia Unger (KSUW) vs. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Sofia Pinedo (KSUW) 6-2, 6-4
1. Tiffany Nguyen/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. Kat Muzik/Taylor Dean (KSUW) 6-4
2. Ji Youn Lee/Valentina Taddia (KSUW) vs. Eloise Saraty/Willa Rogers (LIBERTYW) 5-4, unfinished
3. Esther Lovato/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Sofia Pinedo/Sophia Unger (KSUW) 6-2
Liberty 12-4, 1-0 ASUN
Kennesaw State 10-2, 0-1 ASUN
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,6)
How It Happened
• Liberty captured the doubles point for a 1-0 lead on the strength of its No. 3 and No. doubles units. The Lady Flames’ No. 3 unit, Esther Lovato and Kalani Soli, improved to 2-0 in spring competition with their 6-2 result over Sofia Pinedo and Sophia Unger.
• Liberty’s top unit, Tiffany Nguyen and Maria Juliana Parra Romero, defeated Kat Muzik and Taylor Dean by a 6-4 score to clinch the doubles session for the guests.
• The Lady Flames No. 4, No. 2 and No. 6 singles players – Lovato, Alexandra Almborg and Micaela Ode Mitre – each earned points with their singles triumphs.
• Lovato did not drop a game, winning 6-0, 6-0 versus Taddia on court four for her team-best 20th win of the year. She is 11-2 in spring singles contests. This is Lovato’s second straight 20-win season after she went 23-1 a year ago.
• Almborg extended the Liberty lead to 3-0 when she bested Dean 6-3, 6-3 on court two. Ode Mitre capped off the victory with a 6-2, 6-4 result versus her counterpart, Pinedo, in the No. 6 slot. She improves to 7-2 in spring singles contests.
• Liberty improves to 2-0 all-time against KSU and 2-1 all-time in ASUN openers. The Lady Flames are 5-2 on the road in 2022.
• The Lady Flames have won three straight contests by a 4-0 score and four matches by that score, this spring.
• Liberty is 10-1 in its last 11 matches. The Lady Flames improve to 5-2 on the road in 2022.
• Saturday’s match was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but was moved back a day due to inclement weather.
• This is the second straight year in which Liberty has opened the season with a 12-4 record through 16 matches.
• The Lady Flames will compete at FGCU (8-5, 1-0 ASUN), Sunday morning. First serve is 10 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
• Liberty is 0-4 all-time versus FGCU. The two teams met in a non-conference match in 2021 due to the ASUN being split into two divisions last season. FGCU topped Liberty 5-2 in that match.