Mar 31, 2009

Lady Flames Aggies to end wet week

by BJ Williams

Hannah Fick and Jordan Jenkins ran their record to 6-0 on the year in No. 1 doubles as the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team defeated the Aggies of North Carolina A&T 7-0 on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. This was the only match the ladies played this week as the other three matches were washed out due to rain in the Central Virginia area.
The Lady Flames started the day off with the victory by Fick and Jenkins and kept things rolling right on into the other two doubles matches to sweep the doubles point.

Sophomores Stephanie Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess dominated at No. 2 doubles winning 8-0 and Freshman Lais Souza and sophomore Valeria Klintsevich matched their teammates domination with an 8-0 victory of their own.

Things only got better in singles. Jordan Jenkins, the reigning 2008 Big South Player of the Year, picked up her eighth win at No. 1 singles, winning in straight sets. The domination continued as all of the Lady Flames won their matches in straight sets, including senior Ekaterina Kuznetsova who picked up her first singles victory of the season at No. 5 singles. Freshman Katie Laderer picked up her second victory of the year, as well.

The Lady Flames have now won five straight matches and eight of their last 11 to improve their overall record to 9-6 after starting the season 1-3. The matches with Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Presbyterian were all rained out. The first two matches will not be made up while the match with Presbyterian is now scheduled for April 10 and will serve as the final match of the conference season for the Lady Flames.
The men’s team was also supposed to be in action this week but the rain played spoiler for them as well. The men’s match with Presbyterian has also been rescheduled for April 10, while the match with East Carolina will not be made up. The men did get a conference match in Boiling Springs, N.C. when they faced the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. The teams split the singles matches, but the Bulldogs won when it mattered and took the doubles point for a 4-3 victory. The men are currently 11-6, tying them for the most Division-I wins in university history.

Both teams will be in action on Tuesday as they head to longtime rival Longwood at 2:30 p.m. They return to Big South Conference play this weekend when the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern come calling during Liberty University College for a Weekend to face off with the women, while the men head up to Radford to face the defending Big South champion Highlanders. The women’s match is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. while the time for the men’s match has yet to be announced.

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