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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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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Men’s, women’s tennis teams fall in tourney

Back and forth — After a 9-2 start, the Flames struggled during the second half of the season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Flames ousted in the quarterfinals as the Lady Flames lose in the semifinals to No. 1 seeded Winthrop Men’s Tennis The Liberty University men’s tennis team lost 4-3 to the No. 2 Campbell Fighting Camels in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship, Thursday, April 18, after a Fighting Camels …

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Lady Flames fall to Marshall

All is love— Alexandera Sheeran has a 2-1 conference record in singles play. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Women’s tennis winning streak snapped in 6-1 loss to visiting Thundering Herd, Saturday, April 6 The Liberty University women’s tennis team four-game winning streak snapped against Marshall Thundering Herd, 6-1. “Marshall is a team that has competed with the top 30 teams in the country and been within points of …

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Men’s and women’s tennis take tumble

On his game —  Junior Shea Thomas has posted a 11-4 record in singles competition this season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Flames winning streak ends at six as the Lady Flames suffers a defeat against No. 72 East Carolina Liberty University men’s tennis team played three matches over spring break. The first match was against the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders, 7-1, and marked Liberty’s sixth win in a row. Liberty’s …

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Scorching a rival

Tag team — Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman helped Liberty go 2-1 in doubles. Photo credit: Kyle Milligan

The Lady Flames beat the Lady Chanticleers 6-1 Saturday, March 2, enduring almost freezing weather.
“It’s a real big deal that we beat our rival at Liberty,” Rebekah Jenkins said. “It’s a really good feeling when you beat that giant.”

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Flames blank Bears

Ace — Egon Samaai won in two sets against Morgan State Friday, Feb. 22. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty’s 7-0 win against Morgan State improves its record 4-1 The Liberty University men’s tennis team (4-1, 0-0 Big South) defeated the Morgan State Bears (0-9, 0-0 Mid-Eastern), 7-0, Friday, Feb. 22, denying the Bears their first win of the season. The Flames 4-1 record this season is equivalent to …

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Lady Flames bring the heat at tourney

The Lady Flames tennis team is off to a positive start with 21 triumphs in the Liberty Fall Classic tournament Sept. 14-15 under first-year head coach Jeff Maren. At the start of the event on Friday afternoon, the Lady Flames came through with nine solid victories. Eight doubles matches were …

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Men’s tennis completes season

Ousted — The Flames posted their best record since 1993 but came up short against Coastal. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Liberty Flames men’s tennis team’s season ended Thursday when they fell to Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament, 4-3. “We lost a heartbreaker,” senior Siim Tuus said. “We faced a good team, very close to our level, and one of us had to …

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Tennis begins season on positive note

Liberty University men’s tennis team opened up its season with a decisive 7-0 win over Bluefield State but could not quite put the pieces together against the University of Richmond Spiders Friday, losing 6-1. On Saturday the Flames reestablished home-court advantage, downing Averett 7-0. “Our intensity needs to be better,” …

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