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Lady Flames Post Best Record in Team History
Freshman Jordan Jenkins led the way for the Lady Flames with a 16-1 record in No. 1 singles. The 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year also earned all-conference honors in doubles with junior teammate Ekaterina Kuznetsova. The duo went 16-1 on the year as Liberty's No. 1 doubles pairing. Jenkins was also was selected the Big South Freshman of the Year. Senior Martyna Hanusz concluded her career at Liberty, earning a spot on the Big South All-Academic team.
After leading Liberty to several new benchmarks during the 2008 season, head coach Chris Johnson was voted the Big South Women's Coach of the Year. The second-year coach became the first coach in Liberty tennis history to be named conference coach of the year.
Putting tough early-season contests at West Virginia and East Carolina behind them, Liberty posted its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over George Washington on Feb. 16. Eight days later, the Lady Flames traveled to Coastal Carolina and defeated the Chanticleers for the first time in school history, 4-3. The feat sparked a 12-match winning streak, the longest in Lady Flame tennis history. Liberty would go on to earn an unprecedented No. 2 seed in the Big South Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 mark in conference play.
The Lady Flames cruised through the first round of the conference tournament with a 4-0 sweep over UNC Asheville. Liberty's historic season then ended on April 18 after suffering a loss to Coastal Carolina in the Big South semifinals.
Besides Jenkins, newcomers Stephanie Brown and Fabiana Gouveia enjoyed double-digit win totals during singles in their first year at Liberty. Brown posted a 12-4 record in singles and finished the season by winning eight-straight matches. Gouveia recorded an 11-4 mark in No. 6 singles, winning her last 10 individual contests.
In addition, Hanusz closed out her Liberty career with a 10-win season in singles. The senior also teamed with Gouveia for a 10-4 doubles record. Brown and freshman Hannah Fick added to the Lady Flames' doubles success with a 12-3 mark. As a team, Liberty only failed to capture the doubles point three times all season.