Monday, April 10, 2017

Liberty Women's Tennis Primed for Matches at Charlotte and Campbell

Liberty women's tennis will play its final two road contests of the season, as the Lady Flames will take on Charlotte and Big South foe Campbell, Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, Liberty (8-11, 5-1 Big South) will head south to take on the Charlotte 49ers (10-8) at 2 p.m. at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in Charlotte, N.C. The match was originally slated for last Thursday but was postponed due to forecasted high winds in the Charlotte area.

Tuesday's match between Liberty and the Campbell Camels (8-10, 3-4 Big South) will take place at the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center in Buies Creek, N.C. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

The Lady Flames will play at Charlotte and Campbell, Monday and Tuesday.
Series History
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.

Liberty has won seven of 10 all-time meetings with Campbell. The two teams last met on March 3, 2016, with the Lady Flames winning, 6-1, in Lynchburg.
Big South Update
The Big South Conference regular season schedule wraps up on Saturday. Here's a look at the conference standings with a week of competition left before postseason play:
Team Overall Conference
Charleston Southern 14-1 6-0
Winthrop 16-5 7-1
Liberty 8-11 5-1
Gardner-Webb 11-5 4-3
UNC Asheville 10-9 4-4
Campbell 8-10 3-4
Presbyterian 12-9 2-5
Longwood 6-12 1-6
Radford 6-12 0-8
Following Liberty's match on Tuesday at Campbell, the Lady Flames will conclude regular season play with a home match on Friday against first-place Charleston Southern.
The 2017 Big South Women's Championship is just 10 days away. The four-day event will run from April 20-23 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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. The senior is third in the Big South in both No. 5 singles winning percentage (.714) and No. 6 singles winning percentage (.750).
Evangeline Crist is right behind her with 64 career singles victories, including a 14-11 mark during her junior season. Crist is 10-7 in dual matches this spring, while sophomore Anna Dollar (11-6) and senior Emily Groeneveld (10-6) boast strong singles resumes. Groeneveld has won five consecutive singles matches.
Liberty's top two doubles units this year have been Crist and Dollar (15-9 overall, 6-6 this spring) and Hassey and Groeneveld (12-10 overall, 9-6 this spring). Crist is now No. 4 in program history in career doubles victories (72), after surpassing Brittany Yang (70 doubles wins from 2011-15), April 1 at Winthrop.
Lady Flames freshman Eugenia Camacho (6-0) is unbeaten in Big South singles play, this spring.
Scouting Charlotte
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 (18-6 overall, 7-4 spring) leads the team with 18 overall wins and plays in the top half of the lineup. Freshman Pierina Imparato is 16-13 overall and 10-5 in the spring out of the No. 4 and No. 5 positions in the lineup, while sophomore Tai Martin (14-9 overall, 6-4 spring) is 5-2 in the spring in the No. 2 slot.
The 49ers' top doubles duo in the spring has been Immie Cowper and Martin (8-5 at No. 2 doubles).
Scouting Campbell
In Big South play, Campbell owns wins over Radford, Longwood and Presbyterian, while the Camels have lost to Charleston Southern, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb and Winthrop.
Campbell's nine-player roster is full of youth, with four freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors. The Camels' No. 1 singles player, sophomore Alexandra Andrivot is 11-5, in the top spot in the Camels' lineup for a .688 winning percentage, which ranks third in the Big South among No. 1 singles players. Sophomore Isabel Boada is 8-6 this spring in singles competition, including a 6-5 mark in the No. 5 position.
Andrivot and Boada (10-7 overall, 8-6 spring) are the top doubles pairing for head coach David Johnson's squad.

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