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Lady Flames' Comeback Falls Short Against UNCW
Despite a comeback attempt, the Liberty women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 setback on Sunday afternoon, with hosts UNC Wilmington defeating the Lady Flames.
The loss levels Liberty's record to 2-2 on the season while UNC Wilmington upped its record to 5-1 with the victory. Being played on the UNCW Courts, the Seahawks are now 2-0 at home this season as well.
For the first time this season, a Lady Flames' match began by dropping the doubles point. UNC Wilmington earned 8-5 victories in the top two positions. Angela Sekely and Olga Blank handed Jordan Jenkins and Cameron Richard their first doubles loss of the season in the No. 1 spot, while Christina Lee and Lindsay Leblang defeated Rebekah Jenkins and Hannah Fick at No. 2 doubles.
An 8-3 setback for Valeriya Klintsevich and Carol Lobel against Kelly Cameron and Chelsea Kahle in No. 3 doubles was also their first dropped contest of the year as a duo.
In singles play, the Lady Flames attempted a charge from behind, with the fourth through sixth positions needing a third set to decide a winner. This made a comeback a possibility for the visitors.
Jordan Jenkins started the Lady Flames off well in the No. 1 spot, picking up her third singles victory of the year by defeating Blank in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
The Seahawks were dominating in the No. 2 and 3 positions, with Fick being blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Lee and Richard dropping her match 6-2, 6-1 to Sekely.
While Alexandra Sheeran and Lobel were able to win the first set in their respective matches at the No. 4 and 5 spots, their UNC Wilmington opponents were able to rally from behind to deny the Lady Flames a come-from-behind victory. Sheeran's final deficit was 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Christina Riley while Lobel fell by sets of 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Leblang.
In the final spot in the lineup, Rebekah Jenkins earned a hard-fought victory against Cameron. After dropping a tightly contested first set in a tiebreaker 6-7 (5-7), Jenkins rallied to earn her third singles victory of the year. The final breaker set was forced after the Sarasota, Fla., native won the second set 6-3. She then sealed the victory, winning by a 10-4 margin.
The Lady Flames will get another chance to pick up a victory tomorrow when they face Campbell at 1 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C. The Fighting Camels are coming off a 6-1 loss to UNC Wilmington on Saturday afternoon.
UNC Wilmington 5, Liberty 2
1. Sekely/Blank (UNCW) def. J. Jenkins/Richard (LU) 8-5
2. Lee/Leblang (UNCW) def. R. Jenkins/Fick (LU) 8-5
3. Cameron/Kahle (UNCW) Klintsevich/Lobel (LU) 8-3
1. J. Jenkins (LU) def. Blank (UNCW) 6-4, 6-2
2. Lee (UNCW) def. Fick (LU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Sekely (UNCW) def. Richard (LU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Riley (UNCW) def. Sheeran (LU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Leblang (UNCW) def. Lobel (LU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. R. Jenkins (LU) def. Cameron (UNCW) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-4