Liberty to Compete at 2022 ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship
Live Scoring: No. 4 seed Liberty vs. No. 5 seed Central Arkansas
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The Liberty women’s tennis team will begin its journey at the 2022 ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship, hosted by FGCU, on Friday morning. No. 4 seed Liberty (17-7, 6-3 ASUN) will face No. 5 seed Central Arkansas (12-10, 5-4 ASUN) at 9 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
Liberty brings a 17-7 overall record into the championship. The Lady Flames finished with a 6-3 mark in ASUN regular season matches to receive the No. 4 seed. Meanwhile, the Central Arkansas Bears are 12-10 overall and posted a 5-4 record in its first year in the ASUN.
The winner of Friday morning’s match will face No. 1 seed and host FGCU (14-6, 8-1 ASUN) in the semifinals, Saturday at 9 a.m. On the other side of the bracket are No. 2 seed Stetson (20-2, 8-1 ASUN), No. 3 seed North Florida (14-8, 8-1 ASUN) and No. 6 seed Kennesaw State (14-6, 4-5 ASUN).
The championship match will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. The winner of the ASUN Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship.
2022 ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship – FGCU Tennis Complex – Fort Myers, Fla.
Friday, April 22 – Quarterfinals
No. 4 seed Liberty (17-7, 6-3 ASUN) vs. No. 5 seed Central Arkansas (12-10, 5-4 ASUN), 9 a.m.
No. 3 seed North Florida (14-8, 8-1 ASUN) vs. No. 6 seed Kennesaw State (14-6, 4-5 ASUN), 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 23 – Semifinals
Winner of No. 4 seed Liberty/No. 5 seed Central Arkansas vs. No. 1 seed FGCU (14-6, 8-1 ASUN), 9 a.m.
Winner of No. 3 seed North Florida/No. 6 seed Kennesaw State vs. No. 2 seed Stetson (20-2, 8-1 ASUN), 9 a.m.
Sunday, April 24 – Final
Winners of semifinals, 10 a.m. – ESPN+
History in ASUN Championship
Liberty is making its third appearance at the ASUN Championship. The Lady Flames are 1-2 all-time at the tournament. They defeated the Bellarmine Knights 4-0 in the ASUN quarterfinals a year ago before falling to the FGCU Eagles by a 4-3 score in the semifinals. FGCU also edged Liberty 4-3 in the semifinal round in 2019. The 2020 ASUN Championship was not contested due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liberty was picked to finish third in the conference’s preseason poll, behind six-time defending ASUN champion North Florida (first) and FGCU (second). This is the first year that the Lady Flames are the No. 4 seed for the tournament. Liberty was the No. 1 seed in 2019 and the No. 1 seed (North Division in 2021). The ASUN added Central Arkansas and Jacksonville State for the 2021-22 school year.
Series History vs. the Field
Liberty vs. Central Arkansas: Liberty leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Liberty topped UCA 5-2 on April 3 in Conway, Ark., in what was the first-ever match between the two programs.
Liberty vs. FGCU: FGCU leads 5-0
Last Meeting: The Eagles edged the Lady Flames 4-3 at the FGCU Tennis Complex, March 20. Four of Liberty’s five setbacks to FGCU have come by a 4-3 score.
Liberty vs. Stetson: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Stetson got past Liberty 4-3 on its Senior Day, last Saturday at the Liberty Tennis Complex. The Lady Flames swept the Hatters 7-0 in their inaugural year in the ASUN in 2019.
Liberty vs. North Florida: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: UNF bested Liberty 6-1 last Thursday in Lynchburg. The Lady Flames edged the Ospreys 4-3 at home in 2019.
Liberty vs. Kennesaw State: Liberty leads 2-0
Last Meeting: The Lady Flames defeated the Owls 4-0 in their 2022 ASUN opener, March 19 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Lady Flames News and Notes
• Liberty is in search of its first conference title in program history. The Lady Flames finished as the Big South Championship runner-up on two occasions (2016, 2018).
• With 17 victories, Liberty is two wins away from matching a program record for single-season victories. The 2015 squad holds the record for wins with 19. The Lady Flames have won 15 or more matches in seven of the eight past full seasons.
• Liberty freshman Maria Juliana Parra Romero was named ASUN Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 22. Parra Romero sports a 15-3 spring singles record and is 11-2 in the No. 1 slot. She has 10 doubles victories as well. Parra Romero and Esther Lovato share the team lead with 26 singles victories apiece during the 2021-22 campaign (fall and spring combined), and both players are 26-5.
• Lovato and Parra Romero (26 wins each) are both two singles victories away from matching the program record of 28 wins, set by Jordan Jenkins in 2010. Lovato is 17-3 in spring singles competition, 14-0 in the No. 4 slot and had a 15-match winning streak that lasted over two months (Feb. 12-April 14).
• Four Liberty players received ASUN postseason honors in 2021: Alexandra Almborg (ASUN All-Conference first team), Lovato (ASUN All-Conference second team and ASUN All-Freshman team), Tiffany Nguyen (ASUN All-Conference second team and ASUN All-Freshman team) and Grace Hashiguchi (ASUN All-Academic team). This year’s awards come out on Thursday prior to the start of the ASUN Championship.
• Collectively, Liberty boasts a .678 winning percentage in singles (82-39) and .587 winning percentage (37-26) in doubles, this spring. Liberty’s Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre pace the squad with an 8-2 doubles mark, this spring. Nguyen (11-3 spring, 9-0 No. 5 slot) and Ode Mitre (12-3 spring, 10-1 No. 6 slot) have both performed admirably in singles as well.
• This is the third straight season in which Liberty has won six ASUN matches. The Lady Flames are 18-4 all-time in ASUN regular season contests.
• The Lady Flames finished 8-2 at home this season. Liberty had started the year 8-0 at the Liberty Tennis Complex prior to losing its last two home contests (North Florida and Stetson), last weekend. The Lady Flames are 7-3 in road matches and 1-2 in neutral site contests in 2022.