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Women's Tennis Concludes Fall Play With Strong Performance

November 1, 2014
|  Morgantown, W.Va.
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The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad concluded its fall competition on Saturday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club in Morgantown, W.Va. Liberty capped off the fall schedule with a strong performance, posting an 8-2 record on the day. The Lady Flames squared off with Akron and Duquesne, going 4-1 against each team on the final day of the Martha Thorn Invite.

Liberty posted its first win of the day when the duo of Nicola Wellman and Brittany Yang upended Akron's Ariadna Blinova and Kati Mdzinarishvili, 8-3.

Following the doubles victory, the Lady Flames dropped their only contest against the Zips to open singles competition when Emily Groeneveld fell in three hard fought sets against Blinova, 6-3, 3-6, 8-10.

Liberty won three consecutive singles battles starting with freshman Evangeline Crist picking up a straight-sets victory over Shannon Newnes, 6-3, 6-3.

Valerie Thong clinched the winning record against the Zips, knocking off Maria Bessmertnaya in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

It was all but over for Akron in the head-to-head matchup against the Lady Flames. Lauren Mabe secured the final singles win for Liberty, upending Mdzinarishvili 6-0, 6-3 to notch the 4-1 series victory over Akron.

The Lady Flames picked up where they left off, securing the only doubles competition against Duquesne. Maria Khval and Groeneveld joined together, downing the Dukes' duo of Chandler Consonery and Ally Miller, 8-7 (5).

Liberty faced an identical situation against Duquesne, dropping the first singles contest of the series.

Much like the series before, the Lady Flames maintained composure to sweep the Dukes in the next three singles matches. Belen Rivera broke the series tie, upending Megan Wasson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

Yang provided a clutch performance, notching the third head-to-head win against Duquesne, defeating Zuzanna Stelmaszak 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the series victory over the Dukes.

Crist ended the Lady Flames' fall season on a high note, downing Sarah Shashura 6-3, 6-1 giving Liberty the 4-1 advantage.

The Lady Flames open the 2015 spring season at home on Jan. 16, taking on the Wofford Terriers at 4 p.m.