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Women's Tennis Falls at Kansas

February 2, 2014
|  Lawrence, Kan.
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Belen Rivera improved to 4-1 in singles matches this season with a win against Kansas on Sunday.

Despite winning singles matches in two of the top three positions, the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team fell to the home-standing Kansas Jayhawks, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Liberty (3-2) drops its second match in a row after beginning the season 3-0. Kansas, which opened the season with an upset win over No. 36 Nebraska, ups its record to 2-0 overall.

The Lady Flames fell behind early after dropping the doubles tally. Kansas picked up a win in the No. 2 spot from Maria Belen Luduena and Maria Jose Cardona over Liberty's Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang, 6-1. Claire Dreyer and Morgan Barnhill followed with the clinching victory at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, over Belen Rivera and Nicola Wellman.

At the top spot, Liberty's Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval were up 4-2 on Dylan Windom and Paulina Los before their match was ruled unfinished.

Kansas began singles play with three consecutive wins at the No. 4, 1 and 5 positions. Los ousted Wellman to open singles action, 6-3, 7-5. Cardona downed Jenkins, 6-2, 6-4, before Dreyer knocked off Yang, 6-1, 7-5.

Even with the match already decided, the Lady Flames fought hard in the final three singles contests. Khval and Rivera each improved to a team-best 4-1 in singles tilts after picking up wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. Khval defeated Luduena, 7-5, 6-2, while Rivera rallied from a one-set deficit to oust Wyndom, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8).

Kansas' final point of the match came when Caroline Henderson outlasted the Lady Flames' Lauren Mabe, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 6 position.  
Kansas 5, Liberty 2
1. Rebekah Jenkins/Maria Khval (LU) vs. Dylan Windom/Paulina Los (KU), 4-2 DNF
2. Maria Belen Luduena/Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Valerie Thong/Brittany Yang (LU), 6-1
3. Claire Dreyer/Morgan Barnhill (KU) def. Belen Rivera/Nicola Wellman (LU), 6-2

1. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Rebekah Jenkins (LU), 6-2, 6-4
2. Maria Khval (LU) def. Maria Belen Luduena (KU), 7-5, 6-2
3. Belen Rivera (LU) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Paulina Los (KU) def. Nicola Wellman (LU), 6-3, 7-5
5. Claire Dreyer (KU) def. Brittany Yang (LU), 6-1, 7-5
6. Caroline Henderson (KU) def. Lauren Mabe (LU), 6-4, 6-4