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    VCU Gets Past Liberty 4-1, Friday

    Feb 4, 2022 | Richmond Va | Women's Tennis

    The host VCU Rams got past the visiting Liberty Lady Flames by a 4-1 score, Friday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.

    Liberty sees its two-match winning streak ended and drops to 2-3 on the year. VCU bolsters its overall record to 4-1. The Rams improve to 4-0 all-time against the Lady Flames.

    The singles session was very tightly-contested between the two squads, with four of six matches going to a third set. VCU earned the victory by winning the doubles point and taking singles matches on courts one, three and six.

    VCU 4, Liberty 1

    Singles Competition

    1. #61 Paola Diaz Delgado (VCU) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-0, 6-2
    2. Yelizaveta Karlova (VCU) vs. M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
    3. Gabriela Davidescu (VCU) def. Esther Lovato (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
    4. Marina Davtyan (LIBERTYW) def. Nina Sorkin (VCU) 6-0, 6-2
    5. Anja Draskovic (VCU) vs. Tiffany Nguyen (LIBERTYW) 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
    6. Laura Astudillo (VCU) def. Willa Rogers (LIBERTYW) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

    Doubles Competition

    1. Gabriela Davidescu/Shivani Manjanna (VCU) def. Eloise Saraty/Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 6-2
    2. Paola Diaz Delgado/Anja Draskovic (VCU) def. Maretha Burger/M. Juliana P. Romero (LIBERTYW) 6-0
    3. Tiffany Nguyen/Micaela Ode Mitre (LIBERTYW) def. Nina Sorkin/Yelizaveta Karlova (VCU) 6-3

    Liberty 2-3
    VCU 4-1
    Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3,6)

    How It Happened

    • The Rams won the doubles point by taking matches on courts one and two. The Rams’ Paola Diaz Delgado and Anja Draskovic won 6-0 over Maretha Burger and Maria Juliana Parra Romero on court two. VCU’s Gabriela Davidescu and Shivani Manjanna (No. 1) topped Liberty’s Eloise Saraty and Alexandra Almborg 6-2 to secure the doubles point.
    • Liberty’s lone doubles win came from Tiffany Nguyen and Micaela Ode Mitre, 6-3 over Nina Sorkin and Yelizaveta Karlova 6-3.
    • Diaz Delgado, the No. 61-ranked singles player in the nation, pushed the VCU lead to 2-0 with her 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Almborg.
    • Liberty’s only point of the day came from Marina Davtyan, 6-0, 6-2 over Sorkin.
    • The Rams’ Davidescu (No. 3) and Laura Astudillo (No. 6) won lengthy three-set bouts to give the hosts the 4-1 win. Davidescu topped Esther Lovato of Liberty 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 6-3. Astudillo came back to defeat the Lady Flames’ Willa Rogers 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
    • The last two matches on court, No. 2 and No. 5 singles, went unfinished in third sets. At No. 5 singles, Nguyen (Liberty) led Draskovic 5-4 in the third set.

    Next Up
    • Liberty will host Richmond (0-2) on Sunday afternoon. Match time is 1 p.m. at the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center.
    • The Lady Flames hold a 4-3 all-time record against the Spiders. The two squads most recently met a season ago (Feb. 24, 2021) a 4-3 road victory for Liberty.