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Klintsevich's Rally Secures Victory for LU

April 3, 2009
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Valeriya Klintsevich's victory at No. 6 singles helped secure Liberty's 4-3 win over Charleston Southern on Friday.

Valeriya Klintsevich's victory at No. 6 singles helped secure Liberty's 4-3 win over Charleston Southern on Friday.

Valeriya Klintsevich's first-set rally in singles fended off a late push from Charleston Southern, as Liberty secured a 4-3 Big South win over the Lady Bucs, Friday afternoon, at the E.C. Glass Tennis Courts.

The victory, Liberty's seventh in a row, ups the Lady Flames' record to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in Big South action. The win leaves Liberty two wins shy of last year's program high of 13 victories. The Lady Bucs, who had reeled off three-straight league wins, fall to 4-8 overall and to 3-2 in Big South action.

Liberty continued its strong doubles play, sweeping the doubles action for the sixth time in seven matches to take the match's first team point.

The tandem of Lais Souza and Klintsevich were the first doubles victors, winning, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles over Angie Torres and Anne Akimien to move to 4-0 together in 2009.

Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick also remained untarnished as a pair this spring, as the doubles partners survived a 9-8 (2) win over Andrea Schutte and Brooke Pletcher at No. 1 doubles, securing the first team point and moving their personal mark to 8-0.

Stephanie Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess made it a clean sweep for the home team, who was playing in their first home outdoor match of the year, with a 9-7 victory over Olga Makhova and Maria Dzakovic at No. 2 doubles for their fifth-straight victory.

With a point in hand, the Lady Flames' focus turned to the singles matches. Souza was the first victor, swiftly dispatching of Leonie Mandelkow, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5 singles.

Fick quickly followed, downing Dzakovix, 6-4, 6-2, in straight sets for her 10th-consecutive singles victory at No. 4 singles.

Schutte managed to put the Lady Bucs on the scoreboard with Charleston Southern's first team point, downing Brown at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-5, ending her four-match victory streak.

Charleston Southern looked like it might pull within one team point, as the No. 6 singles match was being contested. Swindall got up 5-1 on Klintsevich, but the Kalinigrad, Russia native rallied with six-straight games, taking the first set, 7-5, followed by the second, 6-2, to secure the overall victory for the Lady Flames.

Head coach Chris Johnson certainly was pleased with his sophomore's win, as it proved to be pivotal, with Charleston Southern taking the final two matchups.

Pletcher needed three sets to defeat Solomon-Burgess, as the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native rallied from an opening-set loss (3-6), with victories in sets two (6-4) and three (6-1).

Makhova was the final victor for the visitors, with another comeback win, ending Jenkins six-match winning streak with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to close out the match.

The Lady Flames will take to the road tomorrow, when Liberty travels, along with the men's tennis team, to square off against Radford in a Big South battle. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m., at the Radford University Tennis Courts.