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Conference Lead at Stake in Sunday's Matchup
The Big South women's tennis match between Liberty and Coastal Carolina has recently been rescheduled from Friday to Sunday, due to the possibility of inclement weather. Start time is now scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
When the Liberty women's tennis team hosts Coastal Carolina Sunday at 2:30 p.m., first place in the Big South Conference and both teams' current win streaks will be placed on the line. The Lady Flames have strung together seven-straight wins, while the Chanticleers are winners in their last five.
Since dropping their opening Big South contest to Winthrop, the Lady Flames have won their last four conference matchups, taking down Presbyterian College (6-1), Charleston Southern (4-3), Gardner-Webb (4-3) and Radford (7-0) to rise into a tie for second place with Winthrop in the latest standings. With its seven-straight wins, the team now sports a 12-6 overall record.
Junior Carol Lobel continues to lead the Lady Flames in wins, holding a 13-5 record in her matches played at the No. 4-6 spots in Liberty's lineup. Three freshmen are following closely, with Cameron Richard and Alexandra Sheeran each claiming 11 wins and Annisha Domenech climbing into double-digit victories with 10. Each of the four aforementioned players are 8-2 in their last ten matches.
In doubles, Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich lead the team with 10 wins as a pair. The best winning percentage, however, belongs to seniors Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick, who are 6-0 as a duo, including a 4-0 mark in Big South matches.
Meanwhile, the Chanticleers are 3-0 in conference contests, defeating Gardner-Webb (5-2), UNC Asheville (6-1) and Winthrop (4-3), which was a battle of the conference unbeatens at the time. Overall, Coastal Carolina is 15-4. Earlier in the season, the Chanticleers put together a six-match win streak. With the rescheduling of the women's tennis match, Coastal Carolina will face Radford, Saturday, before taking on the Lady Flames, Sunday.
Outside of conference action, Liberty and Coastal Carolina have several common opponents. While both teams have fallen to UNC Wilmington and East Carolina, both teams have defeated Campbell. One difference in results, however, stands with the teams' matches against UNC Greensboro. Early in the season, Coastal Carolina fell to the Spartans (5-2), while the Lady Flames picked up a 5-2 win over the same squad just two weeks ago.
Miki Bunea has produced the most singles wins this season for the Chanticleers, posting a 15-3 record while mainly competing in the No. 2 slot. Three teammates—Maria Hesketh, Mikaela Kristofersson and Diana Mortlock—are close behind, as each have won 14 matches during the spring. Hesketh has spent most of her time at No. 6 in the Coastal Carolina lineup and Kristofersson and Mortlock have mainly played in the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively. Mortlock, a junior transfer from North Carolina State, is in the midst of a 10-match singles win streak.
In doubles, the Chanticleers' No. 1 and No. 2 pairings have led the way, both sporting 13-4 records. Kristofferson and Lexi Bolesky are the usual lead duo and are 11-3 in the No. 1 spot. Mortlock and Bunea are 10-3 in the No. 2 position, and have posted nine-consecutive doubles victories.
Despite the Lady Flames holding a 2-10 record all-time against the Chanticleers, the two wins have come in the last three years. In 2008 the Lady Flames won 4-3, while the margin was 6-1 in Liberty's last home match against the Coastal Carolina in 2009.
Fans not able to take in the action at Liberty can follow live stats on LibertyFlames.com. Matchups for the contest will be posted shortly before the scheduled start time fo 2:30 p.m., while scores will be updated throughout the match.