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Lady Flames Host Charleston Southern Saturday

March 18, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Lady Flames host their fourth home match of the season, Saturday, at 1 p.m.

After notching back-to-back wins in Orlando, Fla., early in the week, the Liberty Lady Flames now host their fourth home match of the season, with Charleston Southern coming to Lynchburg for a Big South matchup, Saturday at 1 p.m.

The two wins by the Liberty women's tennis team in Florida upped its record to 7-6 on the season, while the Lady Flames are currently 1-1 in Big South matchups. Overall, the Lady Flames have won three of their last four matches, including their first Big South win of the season. The lone setback during that stretch was a close contest, when No. 34 Marshall edged the women at home, 4-3.

Junior Carol Lobel still leads the team in singles wins, posting a 9-4 record in the fourth through six spots in the lineup. Lobel has also combined for nine wins in doubles, teaming with Valeriya Klintsevich and Alexandra Sheeran this season.

Senior Jordan Jenkins now has eight wins on the season, with just three defeats. One of her dropped matches was when Jenkins had to retire, as she struggled with back pain.

Charleston Southern is 4-4 this season, and has won its sole Big South matchup this season, defeating Gardner-Webb, 4-3. Several of the Lady Buccaneers' matches have been postponed or suspended due to inclement weather this spring.

After dropping three-consecutive matches to open the season, the Lady Bucs have won their previous two times on the tennis courts, both being home contests. On back to back days, the Charleston Southern women defeated Jacksonville State (6-1) and Southern Illinois (5-2).

Olga Makhova and Lia Nour both have posted 4-3 records for Charleston Southern to lead the team in singles wins. Makhova's four wins have come consecutively. The latest Big South weekly honorees will both be active in this match, as Liberty's Cameron Richard was named the Player of the Week and Nour was honored as the Freshman of the Week.

In doubles, Makhova and Maria Dzakovic lead the team in wins with a 3-5 mark.