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Lady Flames Set Season Record With Win
The Liberty Lady Flames defeated Big South newcomer, the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 6-1, Friday afternoon inside the Sports Racket for their 14th victory of the season, setting a new program for match victories in a season.
Liberty, who has won 10-straight matches, completes its regular season with a 14-6 overall and 6-1 in the Big South. The Lady Flames' 14 victories are the most in a season in program history. The win total eclipses the 13 posted by last year's squad. Presbyterian falls to 2-13 overall and 0-7 in the Big South.
Liberty opened the match by taking two of the three matches contested to claim the double points. The Lady Flame combination of Hannah Fick and Jordan Jenkins claimed an 8-2 victory in the No. 1 doubles contest over Megan Davis and Abby Diminich. The victory ran Liberty's No. 1 pairing to 10-1 on the year.
Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Stephanie Brown clinched the doubles point for the Lady Flames with their eighth-straight victory, an 8-0 blanking over Paige Oelke and Heather Isbell, in the No. 2 contest. The Blue Hose prevent a sweep in doubles, as Virginia Waldron and Daryl Thompson edged out Valeriya Klintsevich and Fabiana Gouveia, 8-7, in No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Liberty took control early and ended up winning five of the six contests for the overall match win. Jenkins notched her 12th win of the season to get things going for the Lady Flames in the No. 1 singles match, disposing of Diminich in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Brown followed with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles over Isbell. Solomon-Burgess also captured her No. 3 contest in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Fick ran her personal singles winning streak to 13 in the closest match of the afternoon. The Liberty sophomore defeated Oelke 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at the No.4 spot in head coach Chris Johnson's lineup.
With the overall match victory, the last two singles matches were played in an eight-game, pro-set format. Klintsevich put the No. 5 singles contest in the Lady Flames ledger with an 8-4 win over Waldron. Presbyterian's Thompson defeated Gouveia, 8-6, in No. 6 singles.
The Lady Flames now await the conclusion of matches this weekend to find out their seeding for the upcoming Big South Women's Tennis Championship, which begins Thursday at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.