Liberty Wins 6 Doubles Matches on Opening Day of 49er Invite
Liberty won six doubles matches on the opening day of the 49er Invite, hosted by Charlotte, on Friday.
The Lady Flames played only doubles matches today, competing in the morning against Rutgers (No. 1-3 doubles) and Columbia (No. 4 doubles) at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. Rain forced Liberty to play its afternoon and early evening doubles matches at Life Time Charlotte.
During the afternoon session, the Lady Flames played against South Carolina (No. 3 and No. 4 doubles) and Long Island (No. 1 and No. 2 doubles), followed by contests versus Virginia Tech (No. 2-4 doubles) and ETSU (No. 1 doubles).
Maretha Burger was the lone player to go 3-0 today for Liberty, doing so with three different partners – Maria Juliana Parra Romero, Willa Rogers and Esther Lovato. Lovato was also unbeaten on Friday with a 2-0 mark.
Key Stats & Notes
• Liberty posted a 6-6 record in its doubles matches. The Lady Flames were 2-2 in session one (morning) at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, followed by a 3-1 record in session two and 1-3 record in session three in the afternoon at Life Time Charlotte.
• Burger’s victory with Rogers, who was making her collegiate debut today, was the first win of Rogers’ career. The Liberty duo bested South Carolina’s Lindsay Tulenko and Kendall Couch in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (4).
• Burger and Lovato teamed up in the final doubles session to log a 6-4 win over Virginia Tech’s freshmen pairing of Semra Aksu and Dariya Radulova.
• Burger’s 3-0 day gives her seven doubles triumphs this fall and a 7-3 doubles mark. Lovato remains perfect in doubles (4-0) during the fall campaign.
• Parra Romero posted a 2-1 doubles mark on day one, winning matches with Burger (session one) and Tiffany Nguyen. Parra Romero and Burger topped Jackeline Lopez and Tess Fisher of Rutgers 6-2. Parra Romero and Nguyen defeated the Long Island duo of Victoria Erechtchenko and Elinor Strokaas 6-3.
• Parra Romero holds a 7-2 doubles record, this fall.
Day two of the 49er Invite will feature singles competition and get started at 9 a.m.