Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Liberty to Face Non-Conference Tests at JMU and Charlotte

The Liberty Lady Flames women's tennis squad will play a pair of non-conference matches at James Madison and Charlotte, this week.

The Lady Flames (8-10) will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., on Tuesday for a matchup against the James Madison Dukes (13-5) at 3 p.m. at Hillside Courts. On Thursday, Liberty will head south to take on the Charlotte 49ers (9-8) at 2 p.m. at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

The Lady Flames will play on the road at JMU and Charlotte, Tuesday and Thursday.
Series History
Liberty and James Madison have met nine times, with the Lady Flames taking five of the nine matchups from the Dukes. The two schools last met on Feb. 14, 2015, in Lynchburg. On that day, Liberty topped JMU, 5-2.

Liberty owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with Charlotte. The two programs last met on Jan. 31, 2015, in Lynchburg. The Lady Flames won, 4-3, despite surrendering a 3-0 lead to the 49ers.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live results, courtesy of James Madison Athletics, will be available for Tuesday's match. Find the link for live stats on the Liberty women's tennis schedule & results panel on

Live results will not be available for Thursday's match at Charlotte.

Challenging Non-Conference Schedule
Liberty has faced a difficult non-conference schedule. The slate has included ETSU, Louisville, Wake Forest, Tennessee, UCF, South Florida, Tulsa and Maryland.

Lady Flames Facts
Liberty senior Mariely Hassey leads the Lady Flames with 16 singles wins during the 2016-17 season, including an 11-5 mark in the spring. Hassey sits in third place all-time in program history with 65 singles victories.

Junior Evangeline Crist is right behind her with 64 career singles victories, including a 14-10 mark during her junior season. Crist is 10-6 in dual matches this spring, while sophomore Anna Dollar (10-6) and senior Emily Groeneveld (9-6) boast strong singles resumes.

Liberty's top two doubles units this year have been Crist and Dollar (14-9 record) and Hassey and Groeneveld (11-10 overall, 8-6 this spring). Crist is now No. 4 in program history in career doubles victories (71), after surpassing Brittany Yang (70 doubles wins from 2011-15) on Sunday at Winthrop.

Lady Flames freshman Eugenia Camacho (6-0) is unbeaten in Big South singles play, this spring.

Scouting James Madison
The Dukes (13-5, 2-1 CAA) will enter Tuesday's contest on a four-match winning streak, including recent triumphs over Hofstra (7-0 on March 21), Duquense (6-1 on March 25), Norfolk State (6-1 on March 25) and Richmond (4-3 on March 29). Third-year head coach James Bryce's squad is comprised of three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

Freshman Jona Roka (20-10 overall, 14-4 spring) and senior Timea Guibe (20-7 overall, 12-5 spring) both have 20 singles wins, this year, while Guibe owns an 11-3 mark at No. 1 singles. Junior Dylan Owens (18-6 overall, 9-4 spring) and sophomore Emma Petersen (17-8 overall, 10-5 spring) both have strong resumes as well for a Dukes squad that has a .667 winning percentage (112-56) in singles.

In doubles, Owens and Roka (7-2) have been the most successful unit this spring, while Guibe and Kimmy Herrock (12-11 overall) are 7-7 in the No. 1 slot.

Scouting Charlotte
The 49ers (9-8) will be looking to snap a three-match losing skid when they welcome Liberty on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Michaela Gorman, who is in her 14th year in charge of the program, has a seven-player roster featuring two seniors, a juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen.

In singles, sophomore Alexandra Lee (17-6 overall, 6-4 spring) leads the team with 17 overall wins and plays in the top half of the lineup. Freshman Pierina Imparato is 15-13 overall and 9-5 in the spring out of the No. 4 and No. 5 positions in the lineup, while sophomore Tai Martin (13-9 overall, 5-4 spring) is 4-2 in the spring in the No. 2 slot.

The 49ers' top doubles duo in the spring has been Immie Cowper and Martin (8-4 at No. 2 doubles).

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