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Lady Flames to Square Off Against No. 72 East Carolina

March 18, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jessie Boda

Riding a four-match winning streak, the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team will be put to the test when No. 72 East Carolina visits Lynchburg on Tuesday for a 1:30 p.m. matchup.

After dropping its first four matches of the season, Liberty has won six out of its last seven contests to move over .500 for the first time this season at 6-5 (3-1 Big South). The Lady Flames have won three consecutive matches at home and have an overall mark of 3-2 in Lynchburg.

Last time out, Liberty defeated Western Kentucky, 5-0, capping a perfect 3-0 road trip. Valerie Thong ran her winning streak to five matches in singles play with a win in the No. 5 spot, while Rebekah Jenkins collected her team-best sixth singles victory of the year with a win in the No. 2 position.

Nicola Wellman is tied with Jenkins for the team lead with six singles wins. Liberty as a team is 28-29 in singles tilts this year.

In doubles play, Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda have won seven matches in a row and have a team-high eight doubles wins as a pair. Cameron Richard and Thong are second on the team with six doubles victories. Overall, the Lady Flames are 18-13 in doubles action.

The Pirates are 8-5 this season, including a 2-4 mark away from Greenville, N.C. After beginning the year 7-2, East Carolina has dropped three out of its past four matches. This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Liberty and East Carolina, with the Pirates winning each of the previous three meetings.

East Carolina is 44-32 as a team in singles matches to this point in the season. Melis Tanik, Danielle Terpko and Neena Wanko have eight wins apiece to lead the team. In doubles tilts, the Pirates are a combined 25-12, with Terpko and Dana Gray leading the team with six doubles wins, while Tanik and Yilian Zhang have five victories as a pair.

Liberty will take to the road for its next two matches following tomorrow's contest. On Friday, the Lady Flames travel to face Winthrop at 1 p.m. before squaring off against Gardner-Webb at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.