Sunday, March 12, 2017

Liberty to Take on South Florida and No. 44 Tulsa, Tuesday and Wednesday

Liberty women's tennis will make its second trek down to Florida, this spring, for matches against South Florida and No. 44 Tulsa, Tuesday and Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.
The Lady Flames (5-6) will host South Florida at noon on Monday, followed by a noon neutral site matchup with No. 44 Tulsa on Tuesday. Both matches will be contested at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
Liberty has never faced either opponent.
Liberty will play South Florida on Monday and No. 44 Tulsa on Tuesday.
How to Follow the Lady FlamesLive stats will be available for the South Florida match. Find the link on the women's tennis schedule & results panel on
Season Update
The Lady Flames have not played since March 4 at home against George Washington. The Colonials edged Liberty, 4-3, that day at the Crosswhite Athletic Club. Liberty stands at 5-6 on the year and currently has a two-match losing streak. Their last victory came against Florida Atlantic, 4-2, on Feb. 24.
Liberty's match scheduled for Saturday against Big South opponent Charleston Southern was cancelled due to the weather. The match will be made up on Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Cook Tennis Center.
Inside the Numbers
Hassey leads the Lady Flames with 13 singles wins during the 2016-17 season, including an 8-1 mark in the spring. She has 62 career singles wins in a Liberty uniform, tied for fourth-most in program history.
Evangeline Crist is right behind her with 60 career singles victories, including a 10-7 mark during her junior season. Crist is 6-3 in dual matches this spring, while sophomore Anna Dollar (6-3) and senior Emily Groeneveld (5-3) also hold strong singles marks in spring competition as well.
Liberty's top two doubles units this year have been Crist and Dollar (12-8 record) and sophomores Rebekah Anderson and Aleksandra Panchenko (10-10 record). Crist is No. 4 in program history in career doubles victories (68).
Scouting South Florida 
The Bulls bring a 6-6 mark into Monday's match against the Lady Flames. They lost their most recent match on Saturday, 5-2, to Penn.
South Florida's 12-player roster is led by Ana Roman and Juliana Cardoso. Roman is 8-4 in the No. 1 singles position, while Cardoso is 8-4 in singles as well, including a 3-1 mark in the No. 2 spot.
In doubles, Cardoso and Olga Martinez (6-4, No. 1 doubles) have won the most doubles matches together for the Bulls, while Brooke Lashway and Roman (4-2, No. 3 doubles) have also been a strong unit.
Scouting Tulsa
The Hurricane enter Tuesday's matchup with Liberty at 13-4 overall and 1-0 in American Conference play. Tulsa is ranked No. 44 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings.
The Hurricane's eight-player 2016-17 roster is 110-42 in singles on the year and 55-21 this spring. Tulsa is 45-28 on the year in doubles and 23-14, this spring.
In singles, Martina Matoula (10-1), Rongrong Leenabanchong (9-2) and Marcelina Cichon (11-3) all hold high winning percentages. All eight Hurricane players possess a singles record above .500 on the year. In doubles, Leenabanchong and Matoula (15-6 overall, 8-3 spring) and Cichon and Mahitha Dadireddy (11-7 overall, 8-4 spring) have experienced the most success for Tulsa.

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