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No. 34 Marshall Edges Lady Flames
Liberty women's tennis gave No. 34 Marshall a tough test Saturday afternoon, but the Thundering Herd used four singles wins to earn the 4-3 road victory on the Hershey Tennis Courts at Liberty University.
The Lady Flames drop to 5-6 on the season, while Marshall improves to 12-3 for its spring campaign.
Liberty earned the first point up for grabs on the afternoon, winning two doubles matches to secure the point. Seniors Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick teamed for the second-straight match at No. 1 doubles, picking up the quick 8-0 win over Dominika Zaprazna and Kristina Kopricina in just over 30 minutes. The Lady Flames then secured the doubles point with a win at No. 3, as Carol Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich took down Kara Kucin and Karli Timko.
In singles, the Thundering Herd quickly closed the gap and took the lead, earning straight-set wins at the No. 6, 2 and 5 matches.
The No. 1 match was the next to go final, but not by scores. After trading the opening sets, 6-3, 4-6, Jenkins held a 1-0 lead against Zaprazna in the third, but would be forced to retire. Jenkins played as long as she could with back pain before retiring in the third set.
While the match may have been decided, Lady Flames' freshmen Sheeran and Richard fought to pick up wins in their No. 4 and No. 3 matches.
Despite dropping her opening set, 7-6 (4), in a tie breaker, Sheeran battled back to even the match with a 6-3 win in the second set. She then claimed Liberty's first singles point by taking the breaker 10-7, defeating Voscekova.
Richard's match was the last to go final, which also went to a third-set breaker. Richard won her opening set, 7-6 (4), before Kopricina leveled the match with a 6-4 win in the second. The Birmingham, Ala., native then owned the final breaker, winning 10-2.
Liberty women's next matches take place in Orlando, Fla., as the team goes on their spring break trip. The Lady Flames meet Colgate and NJIT on March 14 and 16. Both matches start at 8 a.m.
Marshall 4, Liberty 3
1. J. Jenkins/Fick (LU) def. Zaprazana/Kopricina (M) 8-0
2. Kellner/Voscekova (M) def. Richard/Sheeran (LU) 6-3
3. Lobel/Klintsevich (LU) def. Kucin/Timko (M) 8-5
1. Zaprazana (M) def. J. Jenkins (LU) 6-3, 4-6, 0-1, retired
2. Kellner (M) def. Fick (LU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Richard (LU) def. Kopricina (M) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-2
4. Sheeran (LU) def. Voscekova (M) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-7
5. Kucin (M) def. Lobel (LU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Timko (M) def. Domenech (LU) 6-1, 6-1