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Lady Flames Rally to Defeat Campbell, 4-3
The Liberty women's tennis team used four victories in singles play on Monday afternoon against Campbell, allowing them to come from behind for the 4-3 victory in Buies Creek, N.C.
With the victory, the Lady Flames improve their record to 3-2 and score their second road victory of the year. Campbell's record levels off at 2-2 in its second-straight defeat.
The match began with Campbell securing the doubles point. After winning the doubles point in each of their first three matches, the Lady Flames have now dropped two in a row.
Jordan Jenkins and Cameron Richard fell in the No. 1 match, 8-4, to Lisa Sutton and Dominek Wallaart, while Alexandra Sheeran and Carol Lobel came up short against Karolina Chernaya and Borislava Nikolova, 8-2, at No. 2. This was the first time Sheeran and Lobel paired up for a doubles match.
Hannah Fick and Rebekah Jenkinsk were able to post one doubles victory for the Lady Flames, defeating Heather Robinson and Natasha Afridi, 8-6, at the No. 3 position.
In singles, the Camels continued to play well. After scoring victories in two of the first three finishing matches, a comeback for Liberty looked like a tall order, trailing 3-1.
Nikolova added the first singles point for the Camels by defeating Sheeran 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot in the lineup before Lobel put the Lady Flames on the board, knocking off Robinson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4. The No. 2 singles match was the next to go final, with Chernaya defeating Liberty's freshman, Richard, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Liberty's No. 1 player, Jordan Jenkins started the rally by taking down Sutton, 6-2, 6-3 for her fourth singles win of the year. Freshman Annisha Domenech then posted her first singles win of the year against Afridi in the No. 6 position. Domenech's win squared the overall match, three all.
Meanwhile, the deciding match in the No. 5 slot had gone to a third set. After dropping the opening set to Wallaart, 6-2, Rebekah Jenkins rebounded strongly to take the second, 6-1. Jenkins then found herself down 5-1 in the final set, but closed the match by taking six-straight games, securing the 7-5 victory and a dual win for her team.
The Lady Flames continue their season-opening stretch of matches on the road on Friday when they travel to Norfolk, Va., to face Old Dominion at 2 p.m.
Liberty 4, Campbell 3
1. Sutton/Wallaart (CU) def. J. Jenkins/Richard (LU) 8-4
2. Chernaya/Nikolova (CU) def. Sheeran/Lobel (LU) 8-2
3. R. Jenkins/Fick (LU) def. Robinson/Afridi (CU) 8-6
1. J. Jenkins (LU) def. Sutton (CU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Chernaya (CU) def. Richard (LU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Nikolova (CU) def. Sheeran (LU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Lobel (LU) def. Robinson (CU) 6-1, 6-0
5. R. Jenkins (LU) def. Wallaart (CU) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
6. Domenech (LU) def. Afridi (CU) 6-2, 6-2