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Singles Victories Seal 4-3 Win Over CSU
The Liberty women's tennis team collected its third-consecutive win, Saturday afternoon, defeating Big South opponent Charleston Southern, 4-3, at the Hershey Tennis Courts on the campus of Liberty University. After winning the doubles point, three singles victories by the Lady Flames' freshmen sealed the win for the squad.
The Lady Flames improve to 8-6 on the season and 2-1 in Big South contests with their second home win of the season. Charleston Southern, who was chosen to finish second in the Big South in the preseason poll, falls to 4-5 for its 2011 campaign, and 1-1 in Big South duals.
The match started out with Liberty securing the doubles point, as the No. 1 and No. 3 combos picked up victories. Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick remained perfect as a duo (3-0), taking the No. 1 contest, 8-6, over Olga Makhova and Marija Dzakovic. Carol Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich notched their team-leading eighth doubles win, defeating Brooke Pletcher and Alia Nour, 8-5.
The doubles point proved to be big in the conference matchup, with each team claiming three singles matches. While Charleston Southern made a late push with two three-set victories, the Lady Flames had already locked up the team win by taking three singles matches in straight sets.
In the No. 2 spot, last week's Big South Player of the Week, Cameron Richard, pulled out a lengthened first set, 7-5, against Brooke Pletcher. The Birmingham, Ala., native then breezed through the second set, 6-2, for the win.
Annisha Domenech held down her No. 5 slot, taking down Angie Torres, 6-2, 6-2. Rebekah Jenkins rounded out the singles wins for the trio of freshmen in the No. 6 position, defeating Susita Das, 6-2, 6-1.
On the win, head coach Chris Johnson stated, "I'm really proud of our girls. Charleston Southern has a great squad and is very tough to beat. We really came together as a team today, and that is exactly what it will take to achieve our goals this year."
The Lady Flames' next action comes on Tuesday, when they travel to Radford for a 2 p.m. conference and Commonwealth clash.
Liberty 4, Charleston Southern 3
1. J. Jenkins/Fick (LU) def. Makhova/Dzakovic (CSU) 8-6
2. Isbell/Torres (CSU) def. Richard/Sheeran (LU) 8-5
3. Lobel/Klintsevich (LU) def. Pletcher/Nour (CSU) 8-5
1. Makhova (CSU) def. Fick (LU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
2. Richard (LU) def. Pletcher (CSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Dzakovic (CSU) def. Sheeran (LU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
4. Nour (CSU) def. Lobel (LU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Domenech (LU) def. Torres (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. R. Jenkins (LU) def. Das (CSU) 6-2, 6-1