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Liberty Welcomes Radford and Presbyterian College for Mid-Week Matches

March 26, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Rebekah Jenkins

After splitting a pair of road contests this past weekend, the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team returns to Liberty Mountain for two Big South conference matches, beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. versus Radford. The Lady Flames will then square off against Presbyterian College at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Live stats for both matches will be available by clicking on the live stats link located on the women's tennis schedule/results page. Fans will also have a unique opportunity to follow tomorrow's match, as it will be aired on a tape-delay basis at a later date on the Liberty Channel.

Liberty enters tomorrow's match with a 7-7 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big South conference play. In their last 10 contests, the Lady Flames are 7-3. Liberty posted a 1-2 mark last week, falling to No. 72 East Carolina, 4-3, and Winthrop, 7-0, before defeating Gardner-Webb on Saturday, 4-3.

For the season, Liberty is 33-42 in singles matches and 24-16 in doubles contests. In Big South tilts, the Lady Flames hold a 17-19 singles mark and an 11-7 doubles tally.

Nicola Wellman paces Liberty with an 8-4 singles record, including a 5-1 mark in conference play. Valerie Thong and Rebekah Jenkins are second on the team with six singles wins apiece. Thong is a perfect 4-0 in Big South singles contests.

In doubles action, the tandem of Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda has a team-best 10-3 record. The Lady Flames' No. 2 duo is 9-1 in its last 10 matches and 5-1 in conference tilts. In the No. 3 position, Cameron Richard and Thong are 8-4, including four consecutive victories.

Liberty is 7-7 all-time against Radford, including a 3-2 record in Lynchburg. Last season, the Lady Flames defeated the Highlanders on the road, 4-3.

Radford currently holds a record of 3-10 and come to the Hill City looking for its first Big South victory. The Highlanders are 0-3 in conference tilts.

Gemma Valls and Meg Napolitano both hold team-best singles marks of 7-6 during the dual match season in the No. 1 and No. 4 positions, respectively. The Highlanders as a team are 30-48 in singles contests.

Valls and partner Taylor Fay pace the squad with five doubles wins, each of which came in the No. 3 spot. Radford is a combined 9-30 in doubles contests this year.

Presbyterian College enters Thursday's match with a 7-9 (0-3 Big South) overall record. Liberty is 4-1 all-time against the Blue Hose, including a 5-2 victory last year in Clinton, S.C. The Lady Flames are a perfect 3-0 at home against Presbyterian.

In singles play, Caroline deLoach is 8-8 to top the Blue Hose, while Patricia Alves and Greer Ransom have seven wins apiece. Kayla Stanford and deLoach have a team-best six doubles wins, coming in the No. 3 position. Alves and Courtney Gardiner are second on the squad with five doubles victories.

As a team, the Blue Hose are 42-53 in singles matches and 21-27 in doubles contests. In Big South tilts, the team has a 2-16 mark in singles play and 1-8 in doubles action.

Following Thursday's match, the Lady Flames will travel to face James Madison on April 2 at 2 p.m.