Athletics

Indoor Tennis Center open for action

March 25, 2021

The Indoor Tennis Facility ribbon cutting takes place on Feb. 23. Left to Right: Mickey Guridy, Senior Associate Athletics Director – Internal Operations; Megan Lucas, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance; Jeff Maren, Women’s Tennis Coach; Derek Schwandt, Men’s Tennis Coach; Ian McCaw, Director of Athletics; Dan Deter, Vice President of Major Construction. (Photo by KJ Jugar)

The Liberty Indoor Tennis Center officially opened on Feb. 23 with a dedication ceremony. The Lady Flames had the honor of playing the first-ever match inside the 48,000-square-foot building on Feb. 13 and christened it in grand fashion with a 7-0 sweep over Davidson and a 6-1 win over Towson. The men’s team followed that up on Feb. 15, taking down William & Mary 5-2.

The center now stands among the finest tennis facilities in the country, featuring six courts and seating for 100 fans. The building also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, a laundry facility, and a concessions area.

The project was made possible by an anonymous $3 million donation, the largest single gift in Flames Club history.

The new center, coupled with the 12 outdoor courts, make up the Liberty Tennis Complex.

“A building takes a team — funding, architects, construction management and crew, an athletic director with a long-term vision to support excellent coaches and supply them with the space they need to excel,” Liberty President Jerry Prevo said. “This was the vision of our school’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. — that we would train students, including student-athletes, who would use their talents for the glory of God.”

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