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Lady Flames Edge Lipscomb on the Road, 4-3
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team won its second consecutive tight road match, defeating the Lipscomb Bison on Saturday, 4-3. Liberty has now won three matches in a row and five out of its last six contests.
The Lady Flames even up their record on the season at 5-5 (3-1 Big South), while the Bison drop to 4-6 overall, with the loss.
"Today's tennis wasn't pretty," mentioned Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "Neither team played their best, but we found a way to get the win. I'm proud of the fact that we are figuring things out, even when things aren't going our way."
Liberty and Lipscomb split the first two doubles matches of the day, before the Lady Flames tallied a win in the final tilt to claim the first point of the afternoon. Liberty's Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda delivered the decisive victory over Lorena Djuknic and Alyssa Bellini, 9-7. It was the seventh consecutive doubles victory and eighth overall for the Lady Flames' No. 2 tandem.
Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong won the other doubles contest for Liberty, defeating Melissa Kromer and Shilpa Naruka, 8-3. Lipscomb's doubles win came in the No. 1 position when Deahna Welcher and Jenny Borck knocked off Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman, 9-7.
The Bison knotted the match at one with a victory from Djuknic over Yang, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 3 singles spot.
The Lady Flames regained the lead, after No. 6 player Annisha Domenech recorded her first singles win of the season, a dominating, 6-1, 6-1, win against Naruka. Thong followed up Domenech's victory with a win in the No. 5 spot, ousting Bellini in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.
Liberty clinched its fifth victory of the season, when Jenkins delivered a tough win over Kromer, 7-6 (4-2), 6-2, in the No. 2 position.
With the match already decided, Lipscomb earned points in the final two tilts of the afternoon. Borck downed Wellman, 6-2, 6-3, before Welcher outlasted Richard in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
The Lady Flames will look to make it three for three on their road trip, when they travel to Western Kentucky on Monday for a 2 p.m. matchup.
Liberty 4, Lipscomb 3
1. Welcher/Borck (Lipscomb) def. Jenkins/Wellman (LU), 9-7
2. Yang/Boda (LU) def. Djuknic/Bellini (Lipscomb), 9-7
3. Richard/Thong (LU) def. Kromer/Naruka (Lipscomb), 8-3
1. Welcher (Lipscomb) def. Richard (LU), 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
2. Jenkins (LU) def. Kromer (Lipscomb), 7-6 (4-2), 6-2
3. Djuknic (Lipscomb) def. Yang (LU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Borck (Lipscomb) def. Wellman (LU), 6-2, 6-3
5. Thong (LU) def. Bellini (Lipscomb), 6-3, 6-0
6. Domenech (LU) def. Naruka (Lipscomb), 6-1, 6-1