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Lady Flames Claim Two Titles in Fall Classic

September 17, 2011
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Cameron Richard was a part of both draw titles, winning the A Singles and also the A Doubles with teammate Brittany Yang.

Liberty Fall Classic Draws

The Liberty women's tennis team concluded the final day of its 2011 Liberty Fall Classic, Saturday, as they won two draw championships at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.  Cameron Richard was part of both titles, earning the A Singles crown, as well as the A Doubles win with teammate Brittany Yang.

In a cooler than usual weekend of play, a portion of matches were completed at the Sports Racket to speed up the final day of the tournament.

Head coach Chris Johnson is pleased with the weekend, saying, "I'm really proud of our girls. They played very well in some tough unseasonal conditions."

Play opened, once again, with doubles beginning in the morning.  Richard and Yang earned a tight victory to open, having to play to a 9-7 victory over Jacquline Palmucci and Ruxandra Andriescu of James Madison in the A Doubles Draw.  Facing Sweetbriar's Ariel Taylor and Moriah Burke in the title match, the Lady Flames' sophomore-freshman duo took the victory, 8-5.

In the C Doubles Draw, Alexandra Sheeran and Nicola Wellman won their opening match, 9-7 over Sara Tenger and Taylor Newman of Radford, but were defeated by Taylor Pinchoff and Leah DeMasters of James Madison, 8-5 in the title match.

Richard picked up her first singles win of the day by defeating Petra Dajevic of Radford, 6-4, 6-0.  The title match for the A Singles Draw wouldn't be as easy, though, facing James Madison's Kinsey Pate.  Richard took the opening set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), but Pate responded with a 6-2 win in the second set.  In the 10-point breaker, Richard claimed the title, 10-8.

In the B Singles Draw, Yang fell short in her opening match in the afternoon.  In a consolation match, she finished her tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jessica Thaggard of Appalachian State.

After dropping her opening match in the E Singles Draw, Annisha Domenech moved through the consolation bracket, beginning with a default win in her first match.  She then defeated Radford's Meg Napolitano, 8-3.

Sophomore Jessie Boda had a similar streak, as she would move through to claim the consolation finals victory in the F Singles Bracket.  She defeated Kerry Cotter of Washington and Lee, 8-2, to finish the event.

After a strong opening day, the Lady Flames completed the event with a combined 9-7 record on final day of the tournament.  In all, Liberty's women posted a 19-11 record as hosts for the event.

The Lady Flames have a brief break through September, with their next scheduled tournament being the Billie Jean King Invitational, scheduled to begin on Oct. 6.

Johnson is looking forward to the remainder of the season, and attributes some new training to the ladies' preparation. "I would also like to thank our strength and conditioning staff as our team was obviously in great shape and well prepared going into this weekend. We will definitely use this as a solid starting point to our season," stated Johnson.