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Lady Flames Earn First Big South Win of the Year

March 11, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Valeriya Klintsevich picked up victories in both her No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles contests, Friday afternoon, in the Lady Flames' 6-1 win over Big South opponent, Presbyterian College.

After sweeping Presbyterian College in doubles play, the Liberty women's tennis team won five out of the six singles matches on the afternoon to pick up its first home victory of the year, 6-1. The win also marked the Lady Flames' first Big South win on the season  (5-5, 1-1 Big South).

Liberty started the afternoon contest by sweeping the Blue Hose (8-8, 0-2 Big South) in doubles to take the first team point. Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick teamed up for the first time this season at No. 1, defeating Christina Limantoro and Paige Oelke, 8-4. Meanwhile, freshmen Cameron Richard and Alexandra Sheeran picked up an 8-5 win over Courtney Gardiner and Lindsay Krause at No. 2. Carol Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich rounded out the sweep, taking down Patricia Alves and Cara Caruso, 8-5.

The Lady Flames then struck quickly in singles play, with Lobel and Klintsevich being the first Liberty players off the courts with a victory. Lobel defeated Caruso in her No. 4 match up, 6-0, 6-2, while Klintsevich secured her No. 6 victory by defeating Krause, 6-0, 6-3.

Freshmen Richard and Annisha Domenech also posted straight-set victories in their No. 2 and No. 5 matches, respectively. Richard took care of Limantoro, 6-3, 6-0, just before Domenech beat Alves, 6-1, 6-4.

Presbyterian College then earned their sole point of the afternoon with a victory at No. 1 singles, as Oelke defeated Fick, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Sheeran's match was the last to go final. The Savannah, Ga., native picked up her win with a tiebreaker in the second set. After beating Gardiner, 6-1 in the first, Gardiner put up a fight in the second, but Sheeran ended as the victor, 7-6 (4).

The Lady Flames hit the tennis courts at Liberty University again tomorrow, when No. 34 Marshall comes to town. The match is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.

Liberty 6, Presbyterian College 1
DOUBLES:
1. J. Jenkins/Fick (LU) def. Limantoro/Oelke (PC) 8-4
2. Richard/Sheeran (LU) def. Gardiner/Krause (PC) 8-5
3. Lobel/Klintsevich (LU) def. Alves/Karuso (PC) 8-5

SINGLES:
1. Oelke (PC) def. Fick (LU) 7-6 (3), 6-3
2. Cameron (LU) def. Limantoro (PC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Sheeran (LU) def. Gardiner (PC) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
4. Lobel (LU) def. Caruso (PC) 6-0, 6-2
5. Domenech (LU) def. Alves (PC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Klintsevich (LU) def. Krause (PC) 6-0, 6-3