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Women's Tennis to Open Longwood's Season
In their lone match of the week, the Liberty women's tennis team will serve as the season and home opener for Longwood, Thursday. The Lady Flames and Lancers are scheduled to face off at 1:30 p.m. in Farmville, Va.
Liberty is seeking its first win of 2012, after dropping its first three matches of the year. The Lady Flames have faced a strong early season schedule, taking on Georgetown, Appalachian State and Richmond to open the year.
Freshman Brittany Yang leads Liberty in singles victories, taking two out of her first three matches. The Newnan, Ga., native has played in the No. 3-5 spots in head coach Chris Johnson's lineup this season.
Sophomores Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran have posted the best doubles record, going 2-1 as the No. 2 duo.
Earlier Wednesday, Sheeran was named the Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Her 2-0 performance against Richmond, which included a win over Helen Cunningham in the No. 1 singles match, led to the honor.
The Lady Flames' series with their future Big South foe, Longwood, has been evenly matched through the first 10 meetings, as both programs have claimed five victories. Neither program has posted more than two consecutive victories in the series.
In last year's matchup, the Lady Flames defeated the Lancers for the first time in Lynchburg, 5-2 on April 5. However, Liberty has posted a 4-3 record when visiting Longwood.
The Lancers, who finished 2011 with an 8-7 mark, graduated a pair of student-athletes from last year's roster. Longwood's top returner is junior Marta Pinyol, who played the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the team last year.
Another change for the Lancers is new head coach Jakob Gustafsson. Gustafsson was named head coach for both the men's and women's programs over the summer, after serving as the assistant coach at Longwood since 2008-09.