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Lady Flames Fall to Eagles in League Action

March 7, 2009
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Nadia Solomon-Burgess claimed one of Liberty's two singles victories on the day against Winthrop in Big South action.

Nadia Solomon-Burgess claimed one of Liberty's two singles victories on the day against Winthrop in Big South action.

Wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles were all the Lady Flames could muster, as Liberty dropped its Big South opener to Winthrop on Saturday, 5-2, at Memorial Courts.

The loss snaps Liberty's mini two-game winning streak and drops the Lady Flames mark in 2009 to 4-5 and 0-1 in Big South action. Winthrop, who currently ranks No. 73 nationally, improves to 8-7 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in Big South play.

Liberty's Stephanie Brown and Hannah Fick weren't able to even their record at 2-2 when competing at No. 1 doubles, as the pair fell to Winthrop's Patricia Coimbra and Elizaveta Zaytseva, 8-4, to open the day.

The Eagles remaining two doubles tandems followed their best pair's lead, winning at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to seal the opening point for the Winthrop.

Sandra Herrera and Lisa Wilkinson rolled to their second-straight win with an 8-2 victory over Jordan Jenkins and Valeriya Klintsevich at No. 2 doubles. Paula Pereira and Sara Abutovic followed suit with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Liberty's Lais Souza and Nadia Solomon-Burgess in the final doubles bout.

Zaytseva picked up her fifth singles win of the year, when she defeated reigning Big South Freshman and Player of the Year in Jordan, with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles.

Coimbra kept things rolling for the Eagles, as she handed Brown her second-straight setback at No. 2 singles in a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory.

The Eagles sealed the overall match victory with a straight sets win at No. 3 singles, when Herrera downed Souza, 6-2, 6-2.

Solomon-Burgess proved victorious in the first of two three-set singles match on the afternoon, as she picked up her team-leading sixth singles win on the year with a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 victory at No. 4 singles.

Fick followed Solomon-Burgess' lead, taking Wilkinson in three sets, with a 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 victory at No. 5 singles for the Lady Flames. Pereira closed out the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Klintsevich at the final singles bout.

The Lady Flames will now travel toward the coast in the "Palmetto State", when Liberty takes to the tennis courts in Charleston, S.C., tomorrow against the College of Charleston. Competition for the doubles point is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.