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    October 20, 2021 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    The Liberty women’s tennis team will send two players, Esther Lovato and Maria Juliana Parra Romero, to this weekend’s ITA Atlantic Super Regional at Virginia.

    The four-day event featuring the region’s best players will get started on Friday morning and run through Monday. Day one of the tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and will feature the doubles round of 16, followed by the singles round of 32. Lovato and Parra Romero are both entered in the singles main draw and will not compete in doubles.

    In the singles main draw, the two finalists will move on to the 2021 ITA National Fall Championships, held Nov. 4-7 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. In the doubles main draw, the two finalists will also advance to the ITA National Fall Championships.

    This is the first time that Liberty has competed in an ITA Atlantic Super Regional. Prior to this year, the ITA Atlantic Regional was held at one site and determined qualifiers for the ITA National Fall Championships. This year, the region was split into North and South divisions, with the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams from their respective regions advancing in addition to automatic qualifiers from each division.

    Event/Days/Location: ITA Atlantic Super Regional | Friday-Monday | Virginia Tennis Complex at the Boar’s Head Sports Club  | Charlottesville, Va.

    Liberty Flames Players Participating: Esther Lovato, Maria Juliana Parra Romero

    Tournament Website/Draws: https://bit.ly/3lQo1KV

    Live Video: https://bit.ly/3ASYmpj

    Schedule:
    Friday | 9 a.m. start
    Doubles Round of 16
    Singles Round of 32
    Singles Backdraw Matches

    Saturday | 8:30 a.m. start
    Singles Round of 16
    Singles Quarterfinals
    Doubles Quarterfinals

    Sunday | 10 a.m. start
    Singles Semifinals
    Doubles Semifinals

    Monday | 10 a.m. start
    Singles Finals
    Doubles Finals

    Tournament Breakdown:
    Liberty’s Esther Lovato received an automatic berth into the ITA Atlantic Super Regional. Lovato is currently the 120th-ranked player in the nation and holds a 5-0 singles record, this fall. She will take on Jojo Bach in her first match, Friday.

    The Lady Flames’ Maria Juliana Parra Romero punched her ticket to the Super Regional by winning three matches at the ITA Atlantic South Regional at Liberty, Oct. 1-3. Parra Romero leads Liberty with eight singles victories this season and has lost only one match. She will square off with Penn State’s Gabby O’Gorman in her opening round match.