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No. 3 Lady Flames Fall to No. 2 Coastal Carolina
The No. 3 seed Liberty Lady Flames fell to No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina, 4-1, Friday afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2011 Big South Women's Tennis Championship.
While start time was originally scheduled for Noon, the match was pushed back due to rain in the Rock Hill, S.C. area. All matches, consequently, were contested at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club in Charlotte, N.C.
With the loss, the Lady Flames' season comes to a conclusion, as the team finishes with a 15-7 record. Their 15 wins on the year ties the program's win record, which was also set by the 2009 squad. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina will advance to the championship match against host team Winthrop as the event concludes Saturday. Winthrop defeated Gardner-Webb, 4-0, earlier today in the other semifinal match.
While Carol Lobel and Valeriya Klintsevich defeated Caitlyn Brooksbank and Kourtney Kowal in the No. 3 doubles match, Coastal Carolina nabbed the other two contests to claim the doubles point. Lexi Bolesky and Mikaela Kristofersson took the No. 1 match over the Lady Flames' Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick, 8-3, while Miki Bunea and Diana Mortlock scored the No. 2 match, 8-1 over freshmen Alexandra Sheeran and Rebekah Jenkins.
In singles, Liberty claimed one win, coming from 2011 Big South Freshman of the Year Cameron Richard. She defeated Kowal, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 3 match. The Chanticleers' Bolesky, Bunea and Kristofersson then clinched the match with singles wins in the No. 1, 2 and 4 positions, respectively. Bolesky defeated Jordan Jenkins, 6-3, 6-4, while Bunea scored a straight-set win, 6-1, 6-2 over Fick. Kristofersson's win came against Sheeran, 7-6, 6-2.
Coastal Carolina 4, Liberty 1
1. BOLESKY, Lexi/KRISTOFERSSON, M. (CCU) def. JENKINS, Jordan/FICK, Hannah (LU) 8-3
2. BUNEA, Miki/MORTLOCK, Diana (CCU) def. SHEERAN, Alexandra/JENKINS, Rebekah (LU) 8-1
3. LOBEL, Carol/KLINTSEVICH, V. (LU) def. BROOKSBANK, Caitlyn/KOWAL, Kourtney (CCU) 8-6
1. BOLESKY, Lexi (CCU) def. JENKINS, Jordan (LU) 6-3, 6-4
2. BUNEA, Miki (CCU) def. FICK, Hannah (LU) 6-1, 6-2
3. RICHARD, Cameron (LU) def. KOWAL, Kourtney (CCU) 6-3, 6-4
4. KRISTOFERSSON, M. (CCU) def. SHEERAN, Alexandra (LU) 7-6, 6-2
5. MORTLOCK, Diana (CCU) vs. LOBEL, Carol (LU) unfinished
6. HESKETH, Maria (CCU) vs. JENKINS, Rebekah (LU) unfinished