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Lady Flames Make It Eight in a Row

April 4, 2009
|  Radford, Va.
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Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

The Lady Flames women's tennis team continued to find success on the courts, as Liberty cruised to its second Big South win in as many days, rolling to a 7-0 victory over Radford, Saturday afternoon, at the RU Tennis Courts.
The victory raised Liberty's season record to 12-7, leaving the team one win shy of tying the 2008 squad who reeled off a program-record 13 wins.

After dropping their first conference match of the season, Liberty has now won four in a row to climb to 4-1 in league action. The loss dropped the Highlanders back to 11-6 and 2-3 in Big South play, handing Radford its first home setback this spring.

The Lady Flames opened the day dominating the doubles point, as the set of doubles tandems only dropped five total games en route to their seventh doubles sweep in eight matches. Stephanie Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess were the first to win, as the pair knocked off Mia Drobnjak and Ally Spector, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.

Shortly thereafter, Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick captured their ninth victory in a row, dominating Mirna Matic and Ivana Tomaic, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles to secure the team point.

The Lady Flames completed the sweep with Lais Souza and Valeriya Klintsevich's 8-2 win over Christina Hammond and Petra Dajevic at No. 3 doubles.

Fick continued the Lady Flames' dominance, claiming the first singles win at No. 4. The sophomore's 6-0, 6-2 win over Matic was her 11th in a row and ninth consecutive in straight sets.

After having her personal six-match winning streak halted yesterday, Jenkins began a new one, as the reigning Big South Player and Freshman of the Year downed Dajevic, 6-3, 6-1, giving Liberty a commanding 3-0 team lead in the match.
And it did not take much longer for the Lady Flames to secure the conference victory, as Souza quickly dispatched Spector, 6-1, 6-2 and No. 5 singles to wrap up the overall team win.

Solomon-Burgess had one of the most convincing singles wins on the day, as the sophomore dropped just one game during her 6-0, 6-1 win over Tomaic at No. 3 singles.

After rolling to a 6-0 win in the first set, Klintsevich was tested at No. 6 singles in the second, as she needed an extra game to down Emerald Lauzon, 7-5.

Brown wrapped up the team's third shutout in their last four matches and the sixth this season, as she bested Drobnjak, 6-2, 6-4, to end the match.

The Lady Flames are slated to take to the courts for their third-straight Big South Conference match on Monday, when they host Coastal Carolina. The doubles point will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the E.C. Glass Tennis Courts.