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Liberty Hosts UNC Asheville, Travels to Presbyterian College This Weekend

March 27, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Mariely Hassey

The Lady Flames tennis team closes out a three-match home stand on Friday at 1 p.m. with a contest versus UNC Asheville indoors at the Sports Racket. Liberty will then play a road match on Sunday at Presbyterian College at 1 p.m.

Live scoring for tomorrow's match will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking on the live stats link on the women's tennis schedule/results page.

Liberty split a pair of Big South matches last week, defeating Gardner-Webb, 5-2, before falling to No. 63 Winthrop, 6-1. Nicola Wellman posted a 2-0 record during the week in singles play, while Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong teamed up to capture a pair of doubles wins during the week.

The Lady Flames are 8-8 overall and 3-2 in conference matches. Liberty is currently in fourth place in the conference standings, while UNC Asheville is fifth and Presbyterian College stands in 10th.

For the season, Wellman has a team-best singles mark of 10-4, while a pair of Lady Flames, Brittany Yang and Maria Khval, have nine victories apiece. In doubles play, Yang and Belen Rivera have a team-leading 6-3 record, while Rebekah Jenkins and Khval also have six doubles wins.

Liberty is riding three-match winning streaks versus both UNC Asheville and Presbyterian College. The Lady Flames are 10-4 all-time against the Bulldogs and 5-1 versus the Blue Hose. In last season's contests, Liberty downed UNC Asheville on the road, 4-3, and ousted Presbyterian College, 7-0, in Lynchburg.

UNC Asheville (10-5, 2-2 Big South) is coming off a 7-0 loss against conference leader Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs have dropped two out of their last three matches and come to the Hill City with a 2-3 record away from home. Zoe Hamel is tied for second in the league with nine wins in the No. 1 singles position, while No. 2 player Erica Rivero's nine singles victories is also good for a second place tie in her respective position. In doubles play, Hamel and Rivero have nine victories in the No. 1 position, which ranks the duo in second place in the top position in the Big South.

Presbyterian College (7-11-1, 0-5 Big South) is coming off losses versus Campbell, 6-1, and Charleston Southern, 7-0, last weekend. The Blue Hose host Wofford today before welcoming the Lady Flames on Sunday. In home matches, Presbyterian College is 2-4 this season. The Blue Hose No. 1 doubles team of Courtney Gardiner and Greer Ransom rank fourth in the Big South with eight wins.

The Lady Flames continue Big South play on Wednesday at Radford. Match time versus the Highlanders is scheduled for 2 p.m.