New ace

Maria Khval’s journey from Belarus Maria Khval had a choice to make ­— continue with her education or commit to tennis. When she came to North America, though, she was able to do both, and do them well. Khval was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, an eastern European country …

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Midnight match

Cheer — Almost 3,000 fans attended the inaugural 12 a.m. men’s club volleyball game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s volleyball hosts first late-night game in Vines Center In front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 people Friday night, the Liberty men’s volleyball team took to the court inside the Vines Center in their inaugural “Blackout” midnight match against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University. Becoming the first club …

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Rebounding in fashion

SURVEY — Guard Sadalia Ellis looks for an open teammate.  Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Lady Flames return to Big South mastery with dominant win over Campbell The Lady Flames basketball team (13-6, 8-1) bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with an impressive 64-40 win over the Campbell Camels (11-7, 6-3) Jan. 24, making history in the process. Liberty has dominated …

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Flames still searching

effort — Center Evan Maxwell attempts to finish at the rim against Winthrop.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s basketball tries to find a way to break out of its conference drought The Liberty men’s basketball team lost its seventh straight conference game and seventh straight overall last Thursday night, Jan. 22, falling to Winthrop, 71-56. Liberty (6-15) is now 0-8 in Big South play for the first …

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New Flame shines

BOARDS — David Andoh (left) elevates for the rebound. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Transfer student David Andoh makes an instant impact for men’s basketball Versatile. Coachable. Mentally tough. Athletic. Hard working. These are but a few of the words Liberty men’s basketball Head Coach Dale Layer and Assistant Coach Vinson Walden used to describe junior forward David Andoh, transfer student from Merritt College. …

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Racking up the victories

Men’s tennis has sights set high in 2015 In the Big South preseason poll, the head coaches of the conference predicted the Liberty Flames men’s tennis team to finish fifth in the pack. The team had the month of December off for the holidays to rest, but according to Head …

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Tich’s Take

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One quarterback who takes the field in Super Bowl XLIX may go down as the best to ever play the position. The other quarterback is Tom Brady. Before you laugh, rip up this page of the paper and burn it, just read a little more. Three years into his pro …

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WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

In case you have not figured it out by now, the New England Patriots are basically the evil Galactic Empire. Bill Belichick (a.k.a Emperor Hoody) is the hooded, droopy-faced Emperor, Tom Brady is Darth Vader and the rest of the Pats and their deflated footballs are the stormtroopers. If there …

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WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

With recent talks of deflating footballs (otherwise known as “Deflategate”), this was no small task. Telling people why they should cheer for the Patriots in the midst of all this controversy is obviously difficult. In fact, the cheating talks have probably helped the Seahawks temporarily procure a few more supporters …

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Not feeling at home

HOPe — Forward Ryley Egan battled to keep the Flames alive in Saturday’s game, scoring two goals for the Flames.   Courtney Russo

Flames DI hockey drops both games of weekend series with Ohio Bobcats There was plenty of takeaway for Liberty men’s Division I (DI) hockey team this Jan. 23-24 weekend, but no wins. The 11th-ranked Flames dropped a two-game home series to the 3rd-ranked Ohio University Bobcats, whose American Collegiate Hockey …

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Flames host annual Open

High Flying — Jumping events were some of the many that the Flames dominated. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Track and field teams leave competitors in the dust in first meet of 2015 In the 10th annual Liberty Open Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17, the host Flames and Lady Flames track and field teams racked up 17 event victories in addition to a number of Intercollegiate Association of Amateur …

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Hockey returns home

FIRE — Forward Kyle Garcia (18) scored his fifth goal of the season in Liberty’s 7-3 win over Rochester in the latter game of their two-game series.  Leah Seavers

No. 11 Flames split home series for the sixth consecutive time this year Liberty men’s Division I (DI) hockey team split its first home series of the spring semester 1-1 against Rochester College Jan. 17 and 18. The 11th-ranked Flames came out slow in their first game against the unranked …

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Conference domination

DIMES — Sadalia Ellis dished out seven assists against Longwood.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Lady Flames keep rolling in Big South play The Lady Flames basketball team pulled out another impressive conference victory Tuesday, Dec. 13 as it defeated neighboring rival Longwood, 70-48. The Lady Flames came into the contest at 10-5, having won four in a row and five in a row at …

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A fresh start

ROUNDING — The Lady Flames hope to finish above .500 in Big South play for the first time since 2011. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Softball team looks to improve on losing 2014 year When the Liberty University women’s softball team begins regular-season play in a few short weeks, it will be a season of new opportunities. The Lady Flames will debut their new 1,000-seat stadium, as well as seek to improve on a modest …

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Tich’s Take

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The final score: 161-2. Yes, you read that right. That was the score of a varsity girls’ basketball game in California between Arroyo Valley High School and Bloomington High School earlier this month. Predictably, it did not take long for the outrage to bubble to the surface. Arroyo Valley coach …

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