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Lady Flames Set for a Pair of Big South Matches This Week
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad looks to extend its two match winning streak on Thursday with a road conference tilt at Campbell, before returning to the Hill City for a contest versus Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Match times are slated for 2 p.m. versus the Camels and 1 p.m. against the Chanticleers.
After posting a perfect 2-0 record last week, Liberty improved to 2-4 overall (1-0 Big South) on the season. The Lady Flames downed Longwood, 4-3, in the Big South conference opener for both squads last Wednesday. Liberty made it two wins in a row with a 4-0 sweep of the visiting Morgan State Bears.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Longwood, after collecting the doubles point and receiving singles victories from Alexandra Sheeran in the No. 4 position and Nicola Wellman in the No. 5 spot.
The Lancers battled back to knot the contest at three with one match left to finish. Liberty's No. 1 singles competitor, Cameron Richard, survived a back-and-forth match against Marta Pinyol, 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 6-2, to seal the win for the Lady Flames.
Two days later, Liberty rolled past Morgan State, 4-0, in a shortened contest. After securing the doubles tally, thanks in part to an 8-3 victory from Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda, the Lady Flames finished off the Bears with singles wins courtesy of Wellman and Rebekah Jenkins.
Wellman's 2-0 record in singles play and 1-0 mark in doubles contests earned her the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week award. It was the second player of the week honor for the Lady Flames this season. Yang captured the award on Jan. 29.
For the season, Wellman paces Liberty with a 3-2 record in singles tilts, followed by Yang and Jenkins with two apiece. In doubles competition, the Lady Flames No. 2 pair of Yang and Boda top the team with a 4-2 mark, while Richard and Valerie Thong also have a winning record at 3-2.
Thursday's match will serve as the home and Big South conference opener for Campbell. The Camels have dropped five contests in a row and are 1-7 overall. Their lone win of the season came on Jan. 19 against Temple.
Liberty is 3-2 all-time versus the Camels, including a 4-3 win a year ago in Lynchburg. The Lady Flames are 2-1 in matches played in Buies Creek.
The Camels are led by Tamara Stanic and Ewa Telenga who are a combined 8-3 in singles contests this season. Stanic is 3-1 in the No. 1 position, while Telenga is 3-0 in the No. 4 spot. As a team, Campbell is 2-14 in doubles matches this season.
Coastal Carolina enters the week with a 2-3 overall record and will play a pair of contests before coming to Lynchburg for Saturday's tilt against the Lady Flames. The Chanticleers dropped their most recent match this past Sunday versus USC Upstate, 4-3. Coastal Carolina is 0-2 in matches played on the road this season.
Libby Scott has a trio of victories this year to pace the Chanticleers, while a quartet of players have two wins apiece. Scott and Dominique De Wit have four of the team's nine doubles victories on the season.
Coastal Carolina has had Liberty's number over the years, winning 13 out of 16 matches all-time. The Chanticleers downed the Lady Flames a year ago in Conway, 6-1.
After Saturday's match, Liberty begins a three-match road trip, beginning on March 7 versus Big South opponent UNC Asheville at 1 p.m.