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Lady Flames Take to the Road for a Pair of Matches

March 7, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jessie Boda (left) and Brittany Yang (right) lead Liberty with six doubles wins this season.

The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team continues Big South Conference play today with a road contest at UNC Asheville at 1 p.m., before travelling to Lipscomb on Saturday for an 11 a.m. matchup.

Liberty is 3-5 (2-1 Big South) on the season after splitting a pair of Big South matches last week. The Lady Flames fell on the road in a tight contest to Campbell last Thursday, 4-3, before rebounding to knock off Coastal Carolina at home on Saturday, 6-1.

Liberty sophomore Nicola Wellman followed up her Big South Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 26, by winning both of her singles matches last week and splitting her doubles tilts. Freshman Valerie Thong matched Wellman with a team-high two singles victories this past week. In doubles play, Liberty's No. 2 pair of Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda notched victories in each of their contests.

Wellman paces the Lady Flames this season with a 5-2 mark in singles play, while Yang and Rebekah Jenkins are second on the squad with a trio of victories each. Yang and Boda top Liberty with a 6-2 season mark in doubles action. The Lady Flames' No. 1 duo of Cameron Richard and Thong place second on the team with four doubles tallies.

As a team, Liberty is 17-24 in singles matches and 13-10 in doubles tilts. In Big South contests, the Lady Flames are 10-8 in singles action and boast a 7-2 mark in doubles play.

Today's match versus UNC Asheville will be the 14th meeting all-time between the conference foes. Liberty holds the series lead at 9-4, including a 3-3 mark in Asheville. The Lady Flames swept the Bulldogs last season in Lynchburg, 7-0.

UNC Asheville is 6-3 so far this season, with four of those victories coming at home. This will be the first Big South match of the season for the Bulldogs. In its most recent match, UNC Asheville defeated Western Carolina, 5-2, at home.

Overall, the Bulldogs are 31-23 in singles action and 15-11 in doubles matches. Amryn Soldier tops the squad with a 7-2 singles record, while Gillian Lewis is a close second with a 6-3 tally. Lewis and Soldier, competing in the No. 3 doubles, hold a team-best 6-3 record as a pair.

On Saturday, the Lady Flames will be facing Lipscomb for the first time ever. The Bison are 3-5 overall this season after winning their last match, 4-3, over non-conference opponent Austin Peay. Lipscomb is 0-2 at home on the young season.

Leading the Bison in singles victories this season is Jenny Borck with a 5-3 record, while the tandem of Alyssa Bellini and Lorena Djuknic have a team-high three doubles wins. Lipscomb holds an overall mark of 15-33 in singles tilts and 7-15 in doubles play.

Following Saturday's match, Liberty continues its three-match road trip at Western Kentucky on Monday, beginning at 2 p.m.