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Lady Flames Down Eagles on Sunday
The Liberty women's tennis team backed up Friday's performance with another strong match on Sunday, defeating North Carolina Central, 6-1, at the Sports Racket.
For the second year in a row, the Lady Flames begin the season 2-0 by beating the Eagles 6-1. North Carolina Central falls to 0-2 on the young season.
Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong placed the Lady Flames ahead for the doubles point, defeating Lynsey Cover and Tamara Jeremic 6-1 from the No. 3 position. However, Mia Ramic and Aissa Muamba of North Carolina Central evened the doubles score at one apiece after upending Emily Groeneveld and Belen Rivera, 6-4, setting up for a dramatic start to the evening.
The doubles tandem of Maria Khval and Brittany Yang had their hands full with Rebecca Wood and Ekaterina Nekrasova, alternating game after game. The tiebreaking game proved as eventful as the set itself, alternating point for point before Yang and Khval pulled away to clinch the doubles point, winning 7-6 (8-6).
Things seemed to settle down for the Lady Flames in singles competition, cruising to a 5-1 advantage for the 6-1 victory.
Rivera began singles play by extending the Liberty lead to 2-0 after winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 from the No. 2 spot over Ramic. Crist provided some comfortable breathing room for the Lady Flames, notching a point from the No. 4 spot to push the lead to 3-0 after handling Cover with ease in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Groeneveld secured the match for Liberty, upending Wood in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 from the No. 3 slot.
The Eagles picked up their lone point in No. 1 singles play after Muama defeated Hassey 6-3, 6-2.
Wellman and Yang defeated their opponents in straight sets from the No. 5 and No. 6 positions respectively to conclude the match, and give the Lady Flames the 6-1 victory.
"We started a little rusty in doubles, but we were able to come back in singles and play well" commented assistant coach Giancarlo Lemmi. "Now we will take this next week to practice hard and prepare for Florida International."
Liberty returns to action next Sunday when they travel to Miami, Fla. to take on Florida International University. The contest is slated to start at 10 a.m.
Liberty 6, NCCU 1
- Khval/Yang (LU) def. Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU), 7-6 (6)
- Muamba/Ramic (NCCU) def. Groeneveld/Rivera (LU), 6-4
- Crist/Thong (LU) def. Cover/Jeremic (NCCU), 6-1
- Muamba (NCCU) def. Hassey (LU), 6-3, 6-2
- Rivera (LU) def. Ramic (NCCU), 6-1, 6-1
- Groeneveld (LU) def. Wood (NCCU), 6-2, 6-2
- Crist (LU) def. Cover (NCCU), 6-0, 6-2
- Wellman (LU) def. Nekrasova (NCCU), 6-4, 6-2
- Yang (LU) def. Jeremic (NCCU), 7-5,