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Lady Flames Roll in Big South Match, 7-0
The Liberty women's tennis team continued its solid play as of late, Tuesday afternoon, sweeping Big South opponent Radford, 7-0, at the RU Tennis Courts to win its seventh-straight match.
The Lady Flames improve to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in Big South matches, which places them in a tie for second place with Winthrop in the current conference standings. Meanwhile, Radford's record drops to 5-10 overall and 2-3 in Big South action.
In doubles, the Lady Flames claimed the doubles point by taking each of the three matches. Carol Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich scored their team-leading 10th win of the season as a doubles pair and were the first duo off the court, as they defeated Sara Tegner and Emerald Lauzon, 8-2, in the No. 3 match. Meanwhile, freshmen Cameron Richard and Alexandra Sheeran knocked off Ivana Tomaic and Mirna Matic, 8-3, in the No. 2 match. Rounding out the doubles action, Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick remained unbeaten as a pair, winning their sixth doubles match at the lead position. The senior duo defeated Petra Dajevic and Mia Drobnjak, 8-4.
While the Lady Flames' doubles performance was impressive, the team was just as dominant in singles, as the Liberty women won each of the six singles matches in straight sets.
Playing in her first singles match since March 16, Jordan Jenkins breezed through her No. 1 singles matchup, defeating Dajevic, 6-0, 6-1. Her doubles partner Fick defeated Drobnjak in the No. 2 contest, 6-2, 6-2.
Richard faced the toughest battle at No. 3, as Tomaic forced the Birmingham, Ala., native into a tiebreaker in the second set. However, the Lady Flames' freshman stayed strong to claim the second set, 7-6 (8-6), to go with her 6-2 win in the first set.
In the No. 4 match, Sheeran claimed the first frame 6-4, before finishing strongly with a second set of 6-1, to add another point to the visitor's tally. The win is Sheeran's fourth-straight singles win.
Lobel and Annisha Domenech cleaned up in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively, only surrendering one game between the two matches. Lobel won her match against Tegner, blanking the Highlander, 6-0, 6-0. Domenech scored the win over Lauzon, 6-0, 6-1 to notch her 10th singles victory of the season.
The Lady Flames return to the courts on Friday, when Coastal Carolina travels to Liberty Mountain for a 1 p.m. contest. The matchup will square off two of the Big South's top women's tennis programs, with first place being at stake. The Chanticleers currently sit atop the conference standings, holding an unblemished 3-0 record.
Liberty 7, Radford 0
1. J. Jenkins/Fick (LU) def. Dajevic/Drobnjak (RU) 8-4
2. Richard/Sheeran (LU) def. Tomaic/Matic (RU) 8-3
3. Lobel/Klintsevich (LU) def. Tegner/Lauzon (RU) 8-2
1. J. Jenkins (LU) def. Dajevic (RU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Fick (LU) def. Drobnjak (RU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Richard (LU) def. Tomaic (RU) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Sheeran (LU) def. Matic (RU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Lobel (LU) def. Tegner (RU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Domenech (LU) def. Lauzon (RU) 6-0, 6-1