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Tennis Teams to Open Conference Play
Liberty's men's and women's tennis teams hit the road once again this weekend, facing Winthrop as their first Big South opponent on Saturday, while also having a match with Charlotte, Sunday.
The Lady Flames begin play at 10 a.m. on Saturday against Winthrop, while the men's match starts at 2 p.m. On Sunday against Charlotte, both the women and men are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., for the first-ever meeting between the programs.
The Lady Flames are 3-3 on the season after posting a 1-2 record in last week's action. Each defeat could have gone in the women's favor; however, as deciding matches went to a third set in both contests against UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion.
The Lady Flames' victory was a 4-3 defeat of Campbell where the team rallied from being down 3-1 in singles play. Jordan Jenkins, Annisha Domenech and Rebekah Jenkins' singles matches were the last three to go final, with each picking up a point to fuel the come-from-behind victory.
As three-time defending Big South Champions, the Winthrop women's team is 7-6 this season. The Winthrop and Liberty women have two opponents in common. Both teams swept Davidson, 7-0, while Winthrop knocked off Old Dominion, 5-2, with Liberty falling, 2-5, to the Lady Monarchs.
Andressa Garcia has produced the Lady Eagles' most victories this season with eight, mostly coming at the No. 5 position. Lisa Wilkinson and Yasmine Alkema have paired for a 6-2 record in doubles, holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Winthrop also travels to South Carolina on Thursday before welcoming Liberty to Rock Hill, S.C., on Saturday.
The men's team snapped a four-match slide last Saturday, defeating Richmond 4-3 for its third-consecutive win over the Spiders. The win gives the Flames a 2-5 record this season as they enter Big South play.
Winthrop's men, who are also defending Big South Champions, sport a 3-5 mark this season. Both Winthrop and Liberty have matched up with Old Dominion, with the Flames falling 1-6 to the Monarchs, and Winthrop dropping a 3-4 decision. The Eagles' three victories have come over Hampton (7-0), Wofford (7-0) and Davidson (5-2). Dejon Bivens highlights the Eagles' records, holding a perfect 6-0 mark in singles while competing mostly at No. 2.
Moving to Sunday's action, the Lady Flames face a 6-3 squad from Charlotte. The 49ers record includes split results against Big South programs, defeating Radford, 6-1, and falling to Gardner-Webb, 2-5.
Sophomore Iveta Guneva is on an 11 match win streak in singles competition, competing at the No. 5 and No. 6 slots. In doubles, Alexandra Zinn and Andrea Rivera boast an impressive 7-1 mark competing in the No. 1 position. Charlotte faces Wofford on Thursday and Appalachian State on Saturday before hosting the Lady Flames Sunday afternoon.
Charlotte's men's team holds a 3-6 mark this season. The 49ers have one match against Big South competition, falling 2-5 to Coastal Carolina in late January. Their three victories have come over Winston-Salem State (6-1), Johnson C. Smith (7-0) and Milligan (7-0).
Moritz Bernhoerster and Charles Martin-Lecamp are 5-1 in doubles play for the 49ers in the No. 2 position. Victor Theorin has the most singles wins on the team, taking six of his nine matches while competing in the last three spots of the 49ers' lineup. Charlotte hosts George Washington Friday afternoon before the Flames roll into town on Sunday.