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Lady Flames Edged by East Carolina

March 1, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jordan Jenkins picked up victories at No. 1 singles and doubles in the Lady Flames' 3-4 defeat to East Carolina.

The Liberty women's tennis team split the singles contests with East Carolina Tuesday afternoon, but the Lady Pirates secured the doubles point to take the match 4-3 at the Hershey Tennis Courts on the campus of Liberty University.

The Lady Flames drop to 4-5 on the season, while East Carolina's women improve to 8-2 with the road win.
Jordan Jenkins and Cameron Richard scored the first doubles victory of the day, defeating Jessica Cook and Audrey LePottier, 8-3, in the No. 1 spot. Natalie Collins and Petra Vogel then took the No. 2 match, knocking off Carol Lobel and Alexandra Sheeran, 8-4.

In the deciding match for the doubles point, Manon Bissat and Neena Wanko held off a late charge from the Lady Flames' No. 3 combo of Hannah Fick and Rebekah Jenkins, winning 8-6 to secure the doubles point.

Straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles for the visitors spread Liberty's deficit to 3-0, but they began a charge with three, three-set wins.

Jenkins responded in the lead singles match, defeating Cook, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, while freshman Annisha Domenech rallied to beat Bissat, 1-6, 6-0, 6-1. Lobel provided the tying match in the No. 5 position, defeating Wanko. Despite dropping the opening set, 6-3, the junior claimed the final two sets, 6-4, 6-3.

In the deciding match of the contest, Vogel managed a three-set victory over Hannah Fick in the No. 2 position in the lineup. After Fick won 6-3 to open, Vogel claimed the final two, 6-2, 6-1.

Liberty's women's team has a short break from competition, but returns to the courts on March 11 for its second Big South match up. Presbyterian will come to Lynchburg for a 1 p.m. contest.

East Carolina 4, Liberty 3
DOUBLES:
1. J. Jenkins/Richard (LU) def. Cook/LePottier (ECU) 8-3
2. Collins/Vogel (ECU) def. Lobel/Sheeran (LU) 8-4
3. Bissat/Wanko (ECU) def. Fick/R. Jenkins (LU) 8-6

SINGLES:
1. J. Jenkins (LU) def. Cook (ECU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. Vogel (ECU) def. Fick (LU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Collins (ECU) def. Richard (LU) 6-2, 7-5
4. LePottier (ECU) def. Sheeran (LU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Lobel (LU) def. Wanko (ECU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Domenech (LU) def. Bissat (ECU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-1