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Lady Flames to Make Home Debut at Sports Racket

February 1, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Sophomore Cameron Richard and freshman Brittany Yang.

Nearly a week after its opening competition of the spring, the Liberty women's tennis team will return to the courts, Thursday, for their first home match of the 2012 season.  On Thursday, the Lady Flames will host Richmond at noon, at the Sports Racket.

Additionally, the Lady Flames' match originally scheduled for Saturday against Averett has been postponed.

Last weekend, Liberty opened 2012 with a pair of losses.  After getting shut out by a strong Georgetown team, the Lady Flames were narrowly edged by Appalachian State, 4-3.

Despite the setback against the Mountaineers, both of Liberty's freshmen were able to secure victories in the match.  Brittany Yang picked up a singles win in the No. 3 position, while Nicola Wellman paired with senior Carol Lobel to pick up a doubles win, helping the team secure the doubles point.

This week's match marks the Lady Flames' return to the long-time indoor tennis facility in Lynchburg, the Sports Racket.  Liberty's women last played a match at the facility in 2008, when they defeated George Washington, 5-2, on Feb. 16.  Dating back to the 2006 season, the Lady Flames are 4-2 in dual matches at the facility.

Thursday's match with the Spiders will be just the second meeting between the programs.  The first time out, Richmond swept the Lady Flames, 7-0, in a match played at the Greenbrier Resort on Feb. 1, 2009.  The Spiders, who were voted to finish first in the Atlantic 10 in 2012, have won the Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship for three consecutive seasons.  The match with Liberty will be Richmond's first of the spring season.

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