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Four Matches on Slate for Women's Tennis
Winners of four of its last five matches, the Liberty women's tennis team looks toward a busy week, where they will play four matches in a span of six days. Three of the four contests will be played away from Lynchburg, with all of those being Big South matchups.
The Lady Flames open the week tomorrow, traveling to Radford for a 2 p.m. contest. After hosting UNC Greensboro on Thursday at 2 p.m. for a non-conference contest, the team travels to North Carolina for a pair of Big South matches to wrap up the week. Saturday's match is against Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m., with Sunday's opponent being UNC Asheville, in a noon start.
The team will look to continue its solid play as of late, which includes two Big South victories. The Lady Flames' record now stands at 8-6, and 2-1 in the Big South. Currently, they are third in the conference standings. Winthrop (2-0) and Coastal Carolina (1-0) sit atop the latest standings. However, this week will shed more light to the conference race, with seven Big South matchups on the slate.
Junior Carol Lobel continues to lead the squad in both singles and doubles wins. Playing at the No. 4-6 spots in Liberty's singles lineup, the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native has notched nine victories. Playing No. 2 and 3 doubles, Lobel has recorded a 10-4 record. In doubles, she has played with both Alexandra Sheeran and Valeriya Klintsevich.
Jordan Jenkins and Cameron Richard follow Lobel closely in terms of singles victories, with each taking eight contests. Jenkins' wins all come at the No. 1 spot, while Richard has four victories at both the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
Radford currently holds a 1-2 record in conference contests, while being 3-9 overall. The team has dropped matches to Winthrop (0-7) and Charleston Southern (3-4), while knocking off UNC Asheville (4-3) in its Big South matches thus far.
Ivana Tomaic leads the Higlanders in singles, with five wins, all coming in the No. 3 slot. Petra Dajevic is close behind, winning four matches in the lead position. Dajevic and Mia Drobnjak have the best doubles record for Radford, going 3-0 at No. 1 in the lineup.
In the Lady Flames' second match of the week, they play host to UNC Greensboro. The Spartans, who are ranked 70th in the latest ITA National Team Rankings, are 7-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Southern Conference matches. This includes a 7-0 win over Appalachian State, a program which Liberty fell to, 4-3, in its season opener.
Another common opponent for the programs is UNC Wilmington. Both squads fell to the Seahawks, with Liberty being defeated 5-2, and the Spartans falling 6-1. UNCG has also defeated two Big South opponents this season, taking down Coastal Carolina (5-2) and UNC Asheville (6-1).
The Lady Flames then hit the road for North Carolina, where they wrap up the week against Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville.
Gardner-Webb is 8-3 this season, but 1-2 in conference action. The Runnin' Bulldogs have fell to Coastal Carolina (5-2) and Charleston Southern (4-3), but came out on top against Presbyterian College (6-1).
Jenny Lunde leads the team in singles wins with eight in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. Loana Oprea is close behind, winning seven matches at No. 1. The two also play doubles together at No. 1 and No. 2, tying for a team-leading six victories.
Gardner-Webb is scheduled to play UNC Asheville on Wednesday, before hosting the Lady Flames on Saturday.
UNC Asheville is 5-7 this season, and is currently on a four match slide. This includes the team's only conference match so far, a 4-3 loss to Radford. The Bulldogs share three common opponents with the Lady Flames. Charlotte and East Carolina each blanked UNC Asheville, while the Lady Flames defeated Charlotte, 6-1, and was edged 3-4 East Carolina. The Bulldogs have also fallen to Appalachian State.
UNC Asheville is scheduled for matches with Western Carolina (March 22), Gardner-Webb (March 23) and Coastal Carolina (March 26) before the Flames visit the Bulldogs on Sunday.
As done with previous contests this season, live scoring will be available for the Lady Flames' home match against UNC Greensboro on Thursday. Look for the lineups to be entered just prior to start time and match scores to be updated periodically through the contest.