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Lady Flames Winning Streak Halted by Charleston Southern
The Liberty women's tennis team saw its season-best four-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday, falling to the host Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 5-2, at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
The Lady Flames' first loss in exactly a month drops their record to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in Big South contests. Charleston Southern improves to 4-3 for the season and 1-0 in conference tilts.
After the Buccaneers won the No. 3 doubles match, Liberty bounced back to win the No. 2 contest. Brittany Yang and Belen Rivera improved to 4-0 as a pair for the season, ousting Alia Nour and Mi'Kola Cooper, 8-5.
The doubles point came down to the No. 1 match between Liberty's Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval and Charleston Southern's Alexandra Walters and Yvonne Hubler. The hard-fought contest went the way of the Buccaneers with Walters and Hubler outlasting Jenkins and Khval, 9-8 (5).
Charleston Southern won the opening three matches of singles play to take a 4-0 advantage and secure the victory. Walters knocked off Rivera, 7-6 (5), 6-0, at No. 3, before Marketa Placha dealt Khval her third loss of the season, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 1 spot. Nour clinched the win for the home team with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Liberty's Nicola Wellman in the No. 5 position.
Mariely Hassey tallied the Lady Flames' first point of the afternoon with a victory at No. 4. The freshman collected her fifth win of the season, downing Nicolin Luecke, 7-5, 6-4.
In the No. 2 position, Jenkins took the opening set from Hubler, but was unable to hold the lead as the Buccaneers No. 2 player rallied to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Yang captured her second win of the day with a victory in the No. 6 spot. The junior outlasted Cooper in three sets, 7-6 (7), 1-6, 10-8, making the final score, 5-2, in favor of the Buccaneers.
"Today was disappointing," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "Our effort was there, but our execution was not good enough. Charleston Southern played well and forced us to execute at a high level. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that. I'm looking forward to getting back on the practice court this week."
The Lady Flames return to nonconference play on Saturday with a contest at No. 59 Marshall. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Charleston Southern 5, Liberty 2
1. Alexandra Walters/Yvonne Hubler (CSU) def. Rebekah Jenkins/Maria Khval (LU), 9-8 (5)
2. Brittany Yang/Belen Rivera (LU) def. Alia Nour/Mi'Kola Cooper (CSU), 8-5
3. Nicolin Luecke/Marketa Placha (CSU) def. Cameron Richard/Nicola Wellman (LU), 8-0
1. Marketa Placha (CSU) def. Maria Khval (LU), 6-2, 6-3
2. Yvonne Hubler (CSU) def. Rebekah Jenkins (LU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Alexandra Walters (CSU) def. Belen Rivera (LU), 7-6 (5), 6-0
4. Mariely Hassey (LU) def. Nicolin Luecke (CSU), 7-5, 6-4
5. Alia Nour (CSU) def. Nicola Wellman (LU), 6-4, 6-3
6. Brittany Yang (LU) def. Mi'Kola Cooper (CSU), 7-6 (7), 1-6, 10-8