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Lady Flames Post Best Record in Team History

May 1, 2008
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2008 Women's Tennis team recorded the best season mark in program history.

2008 Women's Tennis team recorded the best season mark in program history.

A mix of talented newcomers combined with strong veteran leadership helped the Liberty women's tennis team post its best record in program history this spring. The Lady Flames finished the 2008 season with a 13-4 overall record and a 4-1 record in Big South Conference play.

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.