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    April 23, 2022 Fort Myers, Fla. RSS | | Box Score Box Score | Box Score Box Score

    No. 4 seed Liberty eliminated No. 1 seed and host FGCU, winning 4-0 in the ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship semifinals on Saturday morning.

    With the win, Liberty improves to 19-7 on the season and advances to tomorrow’s championship match. The Lady Flames will face No. 2 seed Stetson, who edged No. 3 seed North Florida 4-3 in Friday’s other semifinal.

    Liberty will be playing in its first ASUN title match, first championship match since 2018 and third title contest overall (other: Big South in 2016 and 2018). The Lady Flames have matched a program record with their 19th win and share the record with the 2015 squad, who posted a 19-5 mark.

    The Lady Flames’ win is their first ever against the Eagles in what was the sixth all-time meeting between the two squads.

    Liberty freshman standout Maria Juliana Parra Romero clinched the win and spot in the championship for the Lady Flames, matching a program record in the process. Parra Romero’s 7-6 (4), 6-1 singles triumph over Emma Bardet gives her 28 wins on the year between spring and fall competition. Parra Romero ties a program record with that 28th win, sharing the record with Jordan Jenkins, who won 28 matches during the 2009-10 campaign.

    Sunday, April 24 – Final
    No. 2 seed Stetson (21-2) vs. No. 3 seed Liberty (19-7), 10 a.m. – ESPN+

    Thoughts From Head Coach Jeff Maren
    “This was a complete effort by the entire team today! FGCU is a great team, and it took a lot of grit and energy to overcome them. I want to congratulate FGCU on a great season. I’m so proud of our girls today! I’m not sure if I have enough word to express my happiness for them and my thankfulness for God allowing us to be on this journey. To God be the glory!”

    Singles Competition

    1. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. BARDET, Emma (FGCUW) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
    2. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCUW) vs. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 5-7, 3-5, unfinished
    3. NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) vs. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
    4. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) def. FERDING, Ida (FGCUW) 6-3, 6-2
    5. OSSA, Jordana (FGCUW) vs. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (8-6), 3-4, unfinished
    6. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCUW) 6-0, 6-2

    Doubles Competition

    1. Kalani Soli/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) def. BARDET, Emma/FERDING, Ida (FGCUW) 6-2
    2. MACIAS, Gabriela/RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCUW) vs. Willa Rogers/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 5-3, unfinished
    3. Micaela Ode Mitre/Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) def. OSSA, Jordana/NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) 6-1

    Liberty 19-7
    FGCU 14-7
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,1)
    2022 ASUN Women’s Tennis Championship Semifinals
    Official: Bob Booth T-2:49 A-134

    How It Happened
    • Liberty took the doubles point for the second time this season against FGCU. The Lady Flames secured the win over the top seed with singles triumphs on courts six, four and one, in that order.
    • The Lady Flames’ strong doubles session featured victories from their No. 3 and No. 1 units. Liberty’s No. 3 team, Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre, earned a dominant 6-1 win over Jordana Ossa and Fanny Norin on court three.
    • The Lady Flames duo hit a combined 11 winners and made 100 percent of their returns (23-of-23). Norin and Ossa only hit three winners during the match. Nguyen and Ode Mitre lead all Liberty doubles units with nine spring victories.
    • Liberty’s top doubles team, Kalani Soli and Parra Romero, picked up a 6-2 win versus Bardet and Ida Ferding. The duo’s fourth win this season put the guests ahead 1-0.
    • For a second straight day, Nguyen was the first Liberty player to close out a singles match. The Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam native bolstered his spring record to 13-3 with a 6-0, 6-2 result versus Alba Retortillo in the No. 6 singles match. Nguyen’s convincing win saw the sophomore win 6-of-6 break points and 68 percent (50-of-74) of the total points in the contest.
    • After resting during the doubles session, Alexandra Almborg (No. 4 singles) put the No. 4 seed Lady Flames within a point of the overall victory (3-0). The Staffanstorp, Sweden native downed Ferding in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). Almborg overpowered Ferding with 22 winners while only surrendering nine winners from her counterpart.
    • Parra Romero’s match-clinching win saw the Liberty rookie battle past Bardet in a first set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4). In the second set, she broke the FGCU junior twice on the way to the 6-1 win in the set. Parra Romero’s aggression paid off with 30 winners, compared to 10 for her opponent.
    • When the match was halted due to the clinching scenario in postseason play, Liberty’s Soli was two points away from wrapping up a victory against Isabella Colmenares on court two (2-6, 7-6, 5-3 (30-15)).
    • The Lady Flames improve to 3-2 all-time in the ASUN Championship – 2-0 in 2022, 1-1 in 2021 and 0-1 in 2019.
    • The last time Liberty earned a 4-0 win in postseason play was in the 2021 ASUN Championship quarterfinals against Bellarmine.
    • The Lady Flames split the season series with the Eagles. FGCU edged Liberty 4-3 in the regular season matchup on March 20 in Fort Myers.
    • This was Liberty’s fourth match at the FGCU Tennis Complex, this spring. The Lady Flames also faced Central Arkansas (Friday), Minnesota (Jan. 15) and Toledo (Jan. 15).

    Next Up
    • Liberty will meet No. 2 seed Stetson (21-2) in tomorrow’s final. First serve is 10 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The match can be seen on ESPN+.
    • The Lady Flames and Hatters last competed against each other exactly one week ago in the regular season finale on Liberty’s Senior Day at the Liberty Tennis Complex. The Hatters edged the Lady Flames 4-3 in that match.
    • The all-time series between the two teams is tied 1-1. Liberty swept Stetson 7-0 in its inaugural year in the ASUN (2019).