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Women's Tennis Has Successful Opening Weekend
The Liberty women's tennis team produced a very successful opening weekend to their fall tournament schedule by claiming two flight titles and eleven doubles victories during play at the Mary Washington Kickoff Tournament in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Lady Flames' eight competitors produced a 29-7 record, including a near flawless 11-1 record in doubles play. Jordan Jenkins claimed the Flight A singles title, while Jessie Boda earned the crown in the Flight D singles bracket. Liberty also had two runner-ups in Hannah Fick in the B flight, and Valeriya Klintsevich in the C flight.
Jenkins would not drop a set on the way to her bracket victory. On Saturday, Jenkins defeated Zsofia Jaktab (6-1, 7-5) of Longwood and Lauren Lukas (6-1, 6-0) of Washington and Lee in straight sets. Sunday's championship match produced similar results, with Jenkins beating host Mary Washington's Lauren Gaspar, 6-0, 6-1.
Boda opened the weekend on Saturday by defeating Danielle Velardi of Mary Washington in straight sets, and overtaking Washington and Lee's Christina Douglas in a tiebreaker. On Sunday, Boda only needed two sets, defeating Washington and Lee's Claire Cahill, 6-3, 6-4, to take the title.
Cameron Richard had a successful debut for the Flames, posting a 3-0 record on the weekend. The freshman mirrored her teammate Jenkins by not dropping a set in singles play, defeating each of her opponents in straight sets.
The Flames' play in doubles also proved to be highly successful, with the ladies' pairs only dropping one match on the weekend. The pairing of Jenkins and Richard produced a 3-0 record in doubles, capping off an undefeated weekend for each of them. Fick and Rebekah Jenkins teamed together to also produce a 3-0 record. Carol Castro and Klintsevich were 2-1 in doubles play, while Annisha Domenech and Boda would create the final duo for the Flames and go 3-0 for the weekend as well.
The Lady Flames will return to the courts on Saturday when they travel to Radford, Va., to compete in the Radford Fall Tournament.