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Lady Flames Down Bulldogs for Third Straight
The road victory, Liberty's four of the season, moves the Lady Flames above the .500 mark for the first time this spring, 7-6, thanks to three-straight wins. The Big South triumph evens Liberty's Big South mark at 1-1, while the loss drops UNC Asheville to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in league action.
For the third-straight outing, the Lady Flames swept all three doubles matches to open the team scoring with a 1-0 advantage. The tandem of Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick remained unbeaten this year at No. 1 singles, as the pair moved to 4-0 with an 8-3 win over Devon Cavanaugh and Louise Bottomley.
Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Valeriya Klintsevich, playing together for the first time in 2009, secured their first win together, as the pair knocked off Leslie Smith and Nicole Schon, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. Lais Souza and Fabiana Gouveia wrapped up the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Stephanie Schon and Tania Mateva at No. 3 doubles.
Jenkins continued to look more comfortable at No. 1 singles, opening the individual portion of the conference matchup with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Smith for her third win in a row.
The Bulldogs battled back at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, starting with Stephanie Schon's victory over Solomon-Burgess, 6-3, 7-6, handing the sophomore her first setback in the No. 2 spot of the lineup this year.
UNC Asheville evened the overall match score, 2-2, with Cavanaugh's victory over Souza at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 7-6, ending her personal three-match winning streak.
But the lower part of head coach Chris Johnson's lineup ended the Bulldogs' run, reeling off three straight wins at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles to wrap up the Big South win.
Fick had the easiest of the three wins, knocking off Nicole Schon, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles, for her seventh-straight victory to move to 8-4 on the season.
Klintsevich dropped the first set of her matchup with Bottomley in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3), but rebounded to win the second and third sets, 7-5, 6-3, to wrap up the team victory for Liberty.
Gouveia closed out the match for the Lady Flames with a straight-sets win, 6-3, 6-4, over Mateva at No. 6 singles, for her third singles victory in a row.
The Lady Flames will join the men's squad tomorrow, when both teams travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Big South rookie Gardner-Webb in league action.