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Entering the final week of the regular season, the Liberty men's and women's tennis teams each have two matches remaining, beginning with non-conference road contests slated for Tuesday. The men are scheduled to face Averett at noon, while the women look to meet James Madison at 2 p.m.
After dropping back-to-back conference matches, the Flames (8-10) look to rebound against Averett. The Cougars own a 10-3 record including a 4-2 mark in the Division III USA South Athletic Conference. Liberty holds a 10-1 advantage in the series history between the programs.
The Danville, Va., based team has two players that have posted double-digit singles victories on the season. David Lembke is 10-3 in dual matches, competing mainly at the No. 3 position in the Cougars' lineup. Andrey Yasyr is also 10-3 and has competed in the No. 3-6 slots this season.
In doubles, Averett has a pair of duos that have posted nine wins this season. Kirill Orlov and Iliya Egorov are 9-4, including holding an 8-4 record as the lead pair. Meanwhile, Xavier Ruiz and Bruno Faidutti have kept pace by posting a 9-1 record, mainly competing at No. 3.
The Lady Flames (13-6) are on a tear having won their last eight matches and look to maintain momentum moving against James Madison. The Dukes are 10-7 this season and hold a 1-4 mark in Colonial Athletic Association matches.
The Lady Flames and Dukes have had many opponents in common and have had similar results in those matches. Both squads have defeated West Virginia and Longwood, while dropping contests with UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion. Also, Liberty defeated Campbell this season (4-3) while James Madison was defeated by the Camels (3-4). The lone result in favor of the Dukes is their defeat of Appalachian State (6-1), who the Lady Flames fell to early in their season opener (2-5).
Two players lead James Madison in singles play, each posting 13 dual wins this season. Jacqueline Palmucci is 13-2, with 10 of those wins coming at the No. 3 position. Katherine Bulling is 13-4 and has spent the majority of her season in the No. 5 slot, producing an 11-1 record in such matches.
Meanwhile, the Dukes have tried a number of doubles combinations this season. Michelle Nguyen and Kinsey Pate have the most wins, going 8-7 at the No. 1 spot. However, Palmucci and Megan Douglass hold the best winning percentage, holding a 7-1 mark as a pair. Six of their wins come at the No. 3 position.
After the early week matches are in the books, Liberty's tennis teams will set their eyes on Saturday's Big South matches with UNC Asheville.