Coming into their match against Liberty, women’s tennis had won three of their past four matches. The match was held in Bristol, Tennessee, instead of being a true home match played on the campus of either team.
Liberty came into the match looking to extend their two-match win streak after starting the season with two losses.
Doubles started the match between the two teams. At the No. 2 spot, the pair of Raquel Amaro (Caracas, Venezuela) and Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) played first.
The pair dominated winning 6-2 and giving the Bucs a chance to go up 1-0 in the series with the next doubles win.
However, Liberty fought back to win the next doubles set 6-4. With a chance to take a 1-0 lead in the match, it was up to Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) to close out at the No. 3 spot.
The pair did just that, winning 6-4 with momentum going to the Bucs as they headed into singles play.
Of the six singles matches, three went on to be unfinished.
At the No. 3 spot in singles, Pascual-Larrinaga took care of business winning a close first set 6-4. In her second set, she controlled the match by winning 6-2. With the win, the Bucs took a 2-0 lead in the match.
At the No. 2 spot in singles, Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) had a chance to get back in the win column since playing doubles prior earlier in the match.
Morales’ first set was a tough match that she pulled through to win 7-5. She followed up to win the second set 6-2. With that win, the Bucs took a commanding 3-0 lead in the match.
The last point for the sweep came down to freshman Raquel Amaro (Caracas, Venezuela) who looked to finish the day with a win in singles and doubles. She won two sets in the match to secure the sweep for the Bucs.
With the win, the Bucs improved to a 4-2 record. The Bucs’ next match will be Feb. 13 as they travel to play at Appalachian State.