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Women's Tennis Opens at Longwood Invitational
Senior Ekaterina Kuznetsova (Kraznogsk, Russia) won the Flight B singles, while sophomore Hannah Fick (Hamilton, New Zealand) came in second in Flight C singles.
The tournament was pushed back a day due to rain on Friday, moving play to Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, singles were changed to an eight-game pro-set format.
Kuznetsova took all three of her singles matches on Sunday to claim the Flight B singles crown. The senior defeated Mirna Matic of Radford, 8-2, to open the tournament. She then downed James Madison's Kelly Maxwell, 8-1, before claiming the Flight B singles title with an 8-4 win over Radford's Ivana Tomiac.
Meanwhile, Fick opened singles play with an 8-3 victory over Anna Khoor of Richmond, and followed it up by defeating Ally Spector of Radford, 8-0. In the final, the sophomore fell to James Madison's Leah DeMasters, 8-2.
Liberty's Stephanie Brown (Niceville, Fla.) posted a 1-2 mark in singles, while teammate Fabiana Gouveia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was 1-1 in singles.
Saturday in doubles, Brown and Fick teamed up to defeat their teammates Kuznetsova and Lais Souza (Sao Carlos, Brazil), 8-3, in the Flight A doubles final.
Brown and Fick took their opening match from the James Madison pairing of Rebecca Erickson and Krisitin Nimitz. The Liberty pair followed that victory with an 8-2 win over the Radford pair of Matic and Tomaic to reach the final, where they defeated their teammates.
Kuznetsova and Souza defeated Radford's Mia Drobnjak and Petra Dajevic in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4), and beat Khoor and Kinsey Pate of James Madison, 8-2, to reach the final of Flight A against their teammates Brown and Fick. It was the only doubles match dropped by the Lady Flames in the tournament.
Liberty continues its fall tournament schedule on Oct. 10, when the Lady Flames travel to the Old Dominion Tournament in Norfolk, Va. The three-day tournament begins at 9 a.m.