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    ASUN Release

    Liberty women’s tennis freshman Maria Juliana Parra Romero has earned her first career ASUN Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honor, it was announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.

    Parra Romero’s honor is the first of her career, the first for Liberty this season and the eighth all-time for the program. She is the first Lady Flame to receive ASUN Player of the Week recognition since Tiffany Nguyen received the award on Feb. 17, 2021.

    “Juli has had a great start to the year. She has worked hard in practice and has great belief and fight while on court,” stated Liberty Women’s Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. “We are very proud of her contribution to our team!”

    Parra Romero won all three of her matches last weekend in helping Liberty to victories over North Texas (4-1 final on Friday) and South Florida (4-2 final on Saturday) in Tampa, Fla. The freshman from Bucaramanga, Colombia went 2-0 in the No. 1 singles position, and both of her wins gave Liberty the match-clinching fourth point.

    On Friday versus North Texas in a neutral site match at USF, she bested Lucie Devier 6-1, 6-3. She also teamed up with doubles partner Micaela Ode Mitre to defeat the Mean Green’s Saki Oyama and Liiisa Vehvilanien 7-6 (4) in the No. 2 slot, clinching the doubles point.

    In a road match against USF on Saturday, she bested Bulls No. 1 singles player Grace Schumacher 6-3, 7-6 (4) to give Liberty the 4-2 victory, its first-ever triumph over USF.

    Parra Romero’s stellar freshman season has seen her boast a 7-1 spring singles record. The Lady Flames freshman has won her last six matches and boasts a perfect 4-0 mark in the No. 1 position in the lineup. She leads the team with a 18-3 overall mark between spring and fall competition.

    Parra Romero and Liberty (7-3) will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, hosting the Missouri Tigers (4-4). First serve is slated for noon at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center. This will be the first time the Lady Flames host an SEC opponent in women’s tennis.