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Lady Flames Oust Coastal Carolina on Saturday, 6-1
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team collected its second consecutive Big South conference home win on Saturday, defeating the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 6-1, at the Hershey Tennis Courts.
"I can see our confidence growing with each match," commented Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "Today we were fearless and focused and we believed in our ability to get the job done. This match moves us one step closer to our goal of peaking for the Big South Conference tournament in April."
The victory improves Liberty's record to 3-5 (2-1 Big South) overall, while Coastal Carolina drops to .500 at 4-4 (1-1 Big South) on the season. It is just the fourth victory for the Lady Flames in 17 matches all-time versus the Chanticleers.
The Lady Flames continued their recent success in doubles play, capturing the doubles tally for the fourth consecutive match.
In the No. 2 position, Liberty's Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda downed Vanessa Ortiz and Mikaela Davies, 8-5. Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman followed up Yang and Boda's victory with an 8-5 victory of their own in the No. 1 spot against the Chanticleers' Shelby Bates and Kourtney Kowal.
The Lady Flames' Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong battled back-and-forth with Dominique de Wit and Libby Scott, before falling to Coastal Carolina's No. 3 tandem, 8-6, to conclude the afternoon's doubles action.
Yang upped the Liberty lead to 2-0 after only dropping one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win against Kowal in the No. 4 position. It was the sophomore's third singles victory of the year.
Coastal Carolina collected its lone point of the day in the No. 1 spot, as Scott downed Richard 6-1, 6-1.
After Scott pulled the Chanticleers within a point, the Lady Flames regained the momentum with a win in the No. 6 singles position. Thong took down de Wit in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to improve to 2-2 on the season in singles play.
It took Alexandra Sheeran three sets, but the Liberty junior defeated Davies, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, in the No. 3 spot. Sheeran's second singles win of the year clinched the match for the Lady Flames.
Jenkins and Wellman finished off the afternoon with wins in the No. 2 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Jenkins captured the first set versus Bates, 6-4, before dropping the second 3-6. The Florida native bounced back and took the third and final set 6-2 to even up her singles record on the season at 3-3. Wellman downed Alicia Robinson, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, for her fourth consecutive singles victory of the season.
Next up, Liberty travels to face UNC Asheville on Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Liberty 6, Coastal Carolina 1
1. Jenkins/Wellman (LU) def. Bates/Kowal (CCU), 8-5
2. Yang/Boda (LU) def. Ortiz/Davies (CCU), 8-5
3. de Wit/ Scott (CCU) def. Thong/Richard (LU), 8-6
1. Scott (CCU) def. Richard (LU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Jenkins (LU) def. Bates (CCU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
3. Sheeran (LU) def. Davies (CCU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
4. Yang (LU) def. Kowal (CCU), 6-0, 6-1
5. Wellman (LU) def. Robinson (CCU), 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
6. Thong (LU) def. de Wit (CCU), 6-2, 6-3