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    North Florida Hands Liberty First Home Loss, Thursday

    Apr 14, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Women's Tennis

    North Florida handed Liberty its first home loss on Thursday, defeating the Lady Flames 6-1 at the Liberty Tennis Complex.

    With the win, the six-time defending ASUN champion Ospreys (13-8, 7-1 ASUN) remain tied atop the conference standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Liberty (17-6) drops to 6-2 in the ASUN and falls to 8-1 at home after suffering its first loss at the Liberty Tennis Complex in 2022.

    The Lady Flames’ Esther Lovato collected the host’s lone point of the match, extending her singles winning streak to 15 matches.

    North Florida 6, Liberty 1

    Singles Competition

    1. #36 Kit Gulihur (UNF) def. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 6-0, 6-2
    2. Summer Yardley (UNF) def. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6)
    3. Annabelle Davis (UNF) def. Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) 6-3, 6-3
    4. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) def. Isabel Oliveira (UNF) 6-3, 6-4
    5. Anslee Long (UNF) def. Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) 6-3, 6-2
    6. Kendall Nash (UNF) def. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)

    Doubles Competition

    1. #29 Kit Gulihur/Ana Paula Melilo (UNF) def. M. Juliana P. Romero/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 6-2
    2. Willa Rogers/Eloise Saraty (LIBERTYW) def. Isabel Oliveira/Anslee Long (UNF) 6-1
    3. Summer Yardley/Annabelle Davis (UNF) def. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) 7-5

    Liberty 17-6, 6-2 ASUN
    North Florida 13-8, 7-1 ASUN

    Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,1,4,6,2)
    Official: R Sanders/S Lunsford T-3:05

    How It Happened
    • The Lady Flames dropped the doubles point for the first time since March 6. Liberty had won the doubles point in nine straight matches coming in.
    • North Florida’s ranked duo, No. 29 Kit Gulihur and Ana Paula Melilo, defeated Liberty’s Maria Juliana Parra Romero and Kalani Soli 6-2 on court one. The UNF duo improved to 16-3 overall while handing the top Liberty unit its second loss (3-2).
    • The Lady Flames evened up the doubles session at one match apiece on the strength of its No. 2 team, Willa Rogers and Eloise Saraty. The duo built a commanding 5-0 lead on the way to a 6-1 triumph over Isabel Oliveira and Ainslee Long. Rogers and Saraty bolster their spring mark to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the No. 2 slot.
    • The No. 3 doubles match between Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (Liberty) and Summer Yardley/Annabelle Davis (UNF) featured momentum swings. Yardley and Davis led 3-1 before Nguyen and Ode Mitre took four of the next five games for a 5-4 advantage. However, Yardley/Davis rallied to take the next three games, including winning a deuce point up 6-5, to claim the match and a 1-0 UNF lead. Nguyen and Ode Mitre (8-2 spring) saw their eight-match winning streak halted with the setback.
    • UNF won the first three singles matches – No. 5, No. 3 and No. 1 in that order – to secure the required four points for victory. The Ospreys’ Long (No. 5) topped Ode Mitre 6-3, 6-2, ending Ode Mitre’s seven-match winning streak. Long hit 17 winners, compared to seven for Ode Mitre.
    • The Lady Flames’ Saraty fell 6-3, 6-3 to Davis in the No. 3 match. Saraty led 3-0 in the first set and 3-2 In the second set before Davis rallied in each set for the win and a 3-0 UNF lead.
    • UNF’s No. 36 Gulihur earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over Parra Romero on court one, ending Parra Romero’s seven-match winning streak. Gulihur improves 14-3 in the No. 1 singles slot, while Parra Romero falls to 10-2 in the No. 1 position in the lineup.
    • Lovato put a point on the board for the home team when she knocked off Oliveira in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The Austin, Texas native won 26-of-44 points on serve (59 percent), compared to 23-of-56 (41 percent) for her counterpart. Lovato has won 14 of her last 15 matches in straight sets and sports a 17-2 spring record and a perfect 14-0 mark in the No. 4 slot.
    • The Ospreys claimed the final two matches on court to stretch the margin of victory to five points, 6-1. UNF’s Nash came back to edge Nguyen (No. 6 singles), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3). Yardley of the Ospreys finished the day with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) result over Soli on court two.
    • This is Liberty’s first loss to UNF (1-1 all-time record) and first loss in the month of April (3-1 record)

    Next Up
    • Liberty will host ASUN co-leader Stetson (19-2, 7-1 ASUN) on Saturday morning. First serve is 11 a.m. from the Liberty Tennis complex. Saturday is Senior Day for the Liberty women’s tennis program. Prior to the match, the program will honor Kalani Soli and Eloise Saraty.
    • The Lady Flames hold a 1-0 all-time mark against the Hatters. Liberty swept Stetson 7-0 in the inaugural meeting just over three years ago (April 4, 2019) in Lynchburg.