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Lady Flames Pick Up Second-Straight 9-0 Win
The victory evens the Lady Flames 2009 spring mark at 6-6, accounting for the second time this year Liberty has sprung for consecutive victories. For the third time this year, the Lady Flames squared off in a match scored on a nine-point scale, as opposed to the traditional seven-point collegiate standard.
The Lady Flames swept through all three doubles matches, as Liberty matched its games allowed with the bouts seeding.
Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles over Kandice Belanger and Eric Bales. Stephanie Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess picked up their second victory as a doubles grouping in 2009, with an 8-2 victory over Hannah Lazenby and Caitlin Buckley.
Lais Souza and Valeriya Klintsevich took the tennis courts for the first time this year as a tandem at No. 3 doubles, prevailing over the freshman sister act of Rachel and Mary Lanaghen to sweep the three pairs matches.
Jenkins kick started Liberty's singles victories by picking up her team-leading fifth solo win in the top position of head coach Chris Johnson' singles lineup, with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Buckley.
Brown needed three sets to pick up her first win of the year at No. 2 singles, as the Niceville, Fla., native overcame a tiebreaker loss in the first, 7-6 (6-0), to rally for wins in the second (6-2) and third (10-8) sets.
With the match clearly in hand, Liberty dominated during the final four singles matchups, surrendering just seven total games at No. 3 through No. 6 singles.
Solomon-Burgess opened the convincing run with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Bales at No. 3 singles, giving the second year player her team-leading eighth singles victory.
Souza and Fick kept things rolling for the Lady Flames, matching each other with 6-1, 6-0 wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles over Lazenby and Rachel Lanaghen. For Fick, the victory was her sixth-straight in singles competition to raise her season mark to 7-4.
Klintsevich sealed the 9-0 win for the Lady Flames, when she knocked off Mary Lanaghen, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6 singles to even her personal mark at 3-3 in 2009.
The Lady Flames were scheduled to return to the tennis courts on Saturday to host Presbyterian in Liberty's league home opener along with the men's squad. But inclement weather over the weekend has forced a postponement in the match, leaving the Lady Flames to return to Big South action on March 21, when they square off against UNC Asheville on the road.