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Three Matches in Three Days for Lady Flames
The Liberty women's tennis team will have its first competition in more than a week, Monday, as the Lady Flames begin a run of matches on three-straight days. Two matches are against Big South opponents, while the third is a Commonwealth foe.
On Monday, the ladies travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb in a 1 p.m. contest. The Lady Flames then host a non-conference match with Longwood at 3 p.m., Tuesday, before hitting the road for another Big South match up with Radford, 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Lady Flames' are coming off a 5-2 win over UNC Greensboro on March 24. Despite trailing 2-0 in singles of the match, Liberty won the final five contests, including four matches that went three sets. The team has now won four matches in a row and holds a 9-6 record (2-1, Big South).
Gardner-Webb is 9-4 this season and owns a 2-1 record in the Big South. While the Runnin' Bulldogs fell to Charleston Southern (4-3), a squad the Lady Flames defeated 4-3, they have held the upper hand on Presbyterian College (6-1) and UNC Asheville (7-0). The Lady Flames also defeated Presbyterian College by a 6-1 margin.
Jenny Lunde leads the team in singles victories, notching nine on the season. She is 6-3 at No. 4 and 4-0 at No. 3. She has won her last six matches. Rita Gouveia has won five of her last six matches and competes in the No. 4-6 spots of Gardner-Webb's lineup.
Lunde and Ioana Oprea have paced the squad in doubles, posting eight victories as a pair. They are 5-3 in matches at No. 2 and 3-2 while competing in the lead doubles match.
The Liberty women will look to even the series record with Longwood, as the Lancers hold the 5-4 edge. Longwood's women's tennis team has only managed to squeeze in eight matches this season, while seven have been either postponed or cancelled. They currently own a 3-5 record.
Zsofia Jakab and Marta Pinyol anchor the top of the Lancer's singles lineup, holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Both players are 4-4 in dual matches this spring. Hannah Hill and Nichole Parker lead the Lancers in doubles with four victories.
The Lady Flames wrap up early week matches by travelling to Radford to take on the Highlanders. Radford currently holds a 4-9 record overall, including a 1-2 mark in conference matchups. 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 seven wins, all coming in the No. 3 slot. Petra Dajevic is close behind, winning six matches in the lead position. Dajevic and Mia Drobnjak have the best doubles record for Radford, going 4-2 at No. 1 in the lineup.
The Lady Flames' home match with Longwood will include live-stat coverage, available on LibertyFlames.com. With the men's tennis matchup with Longwood also starting at 3 p.m., lineups will be posted just prior to the start time, with score updates continuing through the matches.