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The Lady Flames tennis team traveled to Blacksburg this past weekend to take part in the Hokie Fall Invite at Virginia Tech’s Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The tournament featured 11 teams in total and three days of competition.
The other schools in attendance were William & Mary, UNC Wilmington, Armstrong Atlantic State, Wofford, Radford, East Tennessee State, UMBC, Winthrop and Middle Tennessee State.
Play started Friday Sept. 28 for Liberty as they competed in singles and doubles. By the end of the day Saturday, none of the Flames from Flight A singles had advanced to the finals, but Alexandra Sheeran had made it to the quarterfinals. However, she ultimately lost to Llinca Stoica from VT 6-0, 6-3. Sheeran won her consolation round and will compete for fifth place of her flight. Also competing for the Flames is Cameron Richard, who lost all three rounds and will play for 13th place.
In Flight B singles, Liberty’s Brittany Yang made it to the semi-finals, where she lost to Marlen Hacke of Armstrong Atlantic State 6-1, 6-2. Rebekah Jenkins lost her first round match, but won the first round in the consolation bracket. She lost in consolation semi-finals to Salma Dahbi from ETSU 6-3, 6-2. Yang will compete again for third place of her flight, and Jenkins will be playing for 11th.
Valerie Thong came away with 11th for the Flames in Flight C after losing in the first round and the semi-finals of the consolation round. Liberty’s Annisha Domenech lost her first two rounds, but won in her second consolation round. She will be competing for 13th.
In Flight D, Nicola Wellman won her first round, but lost to UNCW’s Hamilton Lovett 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Wellman won the next round in part two of the Consolation rounds and will play for fifth. The Flames’ Jessie Boda lost her first round, but won the next two rounds in part one of the consolation rounds. She will play for ninth place in the finals.
In Flight A of doubles play, Thong and Jenkins lost both their first and second round, but won their third round in part two of consolation play, so they will compete for 13th place. Sheeran and Wellman also played for 15th place after losing all three rounds they.
Yang and Boda won all three rounds in Flight B, advancing all the way to the finals, where they will face UNCW’s Christine Kharkevitch and Alyssa Ritchie. Liberty’s Domenech and Richard only won their second round match in part of one of consolation play and will vie for 11th.