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Lady Flames Tennis Falls to West Virginia
Despite wins in singles by Jordan Jenkins and Nadia Solomon-Burgess, the Liberty Lady Flames dropped a 5-2 decision to the West Virginia Mountaineers in a match played Friday at the Greenbriar Resort.
West Virginia opened the contest by taking two of the three doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Jenkins and her doubles partner Hannah Fick picked up the Lady Flames doubles win, downing Stephanie LaFortune and Monique Burton in the No. 1 contest, 8-2. The point came down to the No. 3 contest, where Liberty's Brittany Thomas and Carol Lobel found themselves locked in a tight match with Mountaineer pair, Gabriela Blaskivicova and Ashley Pillsbury. The West Virginia pair was able to outlast the Lady Flames duo, 9-7, to take the doubles point.
In singles, Jenkins and Solomon-Burgess recorded victories. However, the Flames were unable to claim a win in any of the other four matches, as the Mountaineers took the overall match, 5-2.
Jenkins moved to 2-1 overall on the year, with a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 win in No. 1 singles over LaFortune. Meanwhile, Solomon-Burgess defeated Burton in the No. 2 singles spot, with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Burton.
WVU 5 Liberty 2
1. Jordan Jenkins/Hannah Fick (Liberty) def. Stephanie Lafortune/Monique Burton (WVU) 8-2
2. Veronica Cardenas/Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Nadia Solomon-Burgess/Fabiana Gouveia (Liberty)
3. Gabriela Blaskivicova/Ashley Pillsbury (WVU) Brittany Thomas/Carol Lobel (Liberty) 9-7
1. Jenkins (Liberty) def. LaFortune (WVU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Solomon-Burgess (Liberty) def. Burton (WVU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Cardenas (WVU) def. Fick (Liberty) 6-4, 6-3
4. Mathis (WVU) def. Gouveia (Liberty) 6-2, 6-2
5. Pillsbury (WVU) def. Thomas (Liberty) 6-4, 6-2
6. Kathryn Haught (WVU) def. Lobel (Liberty) 6-1, 6-1