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Women's Tennis On the Road This Week for Two Matches
After posting a pair of dominating Big South wins last weekend, the Liberty women's tennis team takes to the road this week for a pair of matches. The Lady Flames face conference and in-state rival Radford tomorrow at 2 p.m., before stepping out of league play on Saturday with a 10 a.m. contest against East Carolina.
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. Live scoring will be provided courtesy of the Radford Athletics Communications office.
Liberty notched two dominating league wins last week, defeating UNC Asheville, 7-0, at home, before picking up a 6-1 road win at Presbyterian College. The Lady Flames' win against the Bulldogs was their first conference shutout of the season. The two wins boost Liberty's record to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in Big South play. The Lady Flames have won three out of their last four matches.
For the season, three players, Maria Khval, Brittany Yang and Nicola Wellman, are tied for the team lead in singles wins with 11 each. Yang is a team-best 6-1 in conference clashes. In doubles play, Yang and Belen Rivera are 8-3 overall and 6-1 in Big South matches to pace the Lady Flames. Khval and Rebekah Jenkins also have eight wins, each of which has come in the No. 1 position.
Liberty is 8-7 all-time against Radford and 0-4 versus East Carolina. The Lady Flames have notched wins in each of the last four matches against the Highlanders, including a 6-1 victory last season at the Hershey Tennis Courts.
The Highlanders are coming off their first Big South win of the season last Wednesday against Longwood, upping their record to 1-2 in league play and 6-8 overall. Grace Sarver is the team-leader in singles wins with seven. In doubles play, Sarver and partner Meg Napolitano have six victories to pace the squad.
The Pirates are 9-9 overall this season and will play Richmond today before hosting the Lady Flames on Saturday. East Carolina has dropped three matches in a row entering its contest against the Spiders. The Pirates have faced four other Big South opponents this season, collecting wins against Presbyterian College and Gardner-Webb and falling to Campbell and Coastal Carolina.
Following this week's matches, Liberty will close out the Big South portion of its schedule with a road contest at Longwood on April 9.