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Liberty Rolls Past Coastal Carolina
Liberty ups its conference record to 5-1 in Big South play and 13-6 overall. The win total ties last year's team for most victories in program history. Coastal Carolina falls to 3-3 in conference action and 13-4 overall.
Coastal Carolina started the match by taking two of the three doubles contests to capture the doubles point. The Chanticleer pairing of Maria Camberos and Kim Webb opened doubles with an 8-5 win over Lady Flames, Lais Souza and Valeriya Klintsevich, in the No. 3 contest. Stephanine Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess evened doubles play at one match apiece, downing Tina Petkova and Patricia Cortes, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.
However, Lexi Bolesky and Caitlyn Brookbank handed Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick an 8-6 setback at No. 1 doubles, giving Coastal Carolina a 1-0 advantage. The defeat was the first for the Liberty pair this season. Jenkins and Fick had won nine in a row entering the match.
In singles, the Lady Flames took control of the match with early victories, en route to sweeping all six matches for their ninth-consecutive match win.
Solomon-Burgess started the Liberty singles victory march with a straight-set victory in No. 3 singles over Webb, 6-2, 6-1, in the first contest to complete during the singles portion of the match.
Brown and Jenkins followed with Solomon's lead with straight-set wins in No. 2 and No. 1 singles, putting the Lady Flames one contest away from clinching the overall match. Brown won for the seventh time in her last 10 singles contests, with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Petkova. Jenkins was victorious for the eighth time in her last 10 singles matches at No. 1, defeating Bolesky, 6-4, 6-3.
Fick closed out the overall match victory for Liberty, running her singles winning streak to 12 straight. The sophomore took the first set without dropping a game against Cortes, 6-0. In the second set, Fick jumped out to a 3-0 lead, only to see Cortes cut her advantage to 3-2. Later, the Chanticleer again trimmed her deficit to 5-4, before Fick closed out the win and the overall match with a 6-4 second-set victory.
With the match no longer in doubt, the No. 5 and No. 6 singles contests were played on an eight-game, pro-set format. Souza tallied her sixth-consecutive singles triumph with an 8-3 victory over Brooksbank at the No. 5 spot in head coach Chris Johnson's line-up. Klintsevich completed the Lady Flame sweep of singles, defeating Camberos, 8-5, in the No. 6 spot.
Liberty will look to continue its winning streak tomorrow, stepping out of conference for a match with Stony Brook. The Lady Flames will host the Seawolves at the E.C. Glass Tennis Courts, along with the Liberty men's team. The doubles point gets underway at 2 p.m.