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Lady Flames Claim First Victory of the Spring
A victory from Liberty freshman Nicola Wellman in the No. 6 singles match gave the visiting Lady Flames a 4-3 edge, Thursday against Longwood, as the team secured its first victory of the spring.
The Lady Flames are now 1-3 in 2012, while Longwood is 0-1 with the season-opening loss. Liberty has defeated Longwood in back-to-back matches and takes a 6-5 lead in the all-time series.
Liberty swept through the doubles matches, taking all three contests to secure the opening point of the afternoon. In the No. 1 match, sophomores Alexandra Sheeran and Rebekah Jenkins defeated Malin Allgurin and Allison Shulman, 8-6, for their team-leading third doubles win of the year.
Meanwhile, Cameron Richard and Brittany Yang defeated Marta Pinyol and Sarah Moomau, 8-4, in the No. 2 match, and the Lady Flames' duo of Carol Lobel and Wellman eased by Hannah Hill and Nicole Parker, 8-3, in the final doubles match.
The homestanding Lancers made a charge in singles play, beginning with a pair of three-set victories in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches.
However, the Lady Flames responded in the middle two singles matches, with two straight-set wins. Jenkins defeated Shulman, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 match. Playing in the No. 4 slot, Yang picked up her team-leading third singles victory of the year, defeating Hill, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
With Longwood picking up another three-set victory in the No. 5 match, the score stood all square with the final singles match deciding the overall victory.
Claiming the first singles dual victory of her collegiate career, Wellman upended Parker, 6-4, 6-4 to give the Lady Flames their first win of 2012.
Liberty's next match is slated for Friday, Feb. 17, when Virginia Tech visits the Sports Racket. The start time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Liberty 4, Longwood 3
1. Sheeran/Jenkins (LU) def. Allgurin/Shulman (LW), 8-6
2. Richard/Yang (LU) def. Pinyol/Moomau (LW), 8-4
3. Lobel/Wellman (LU) def. Hill/Parker (LW), 8-3
1. Pinyol (LW) def. Sheeran (LU), 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4
2. Allgurin (LW) def. Richard (LU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Jenkins (LU) def. Shulman (LW), 6-2, 6-2
4. Yang (LU) def. Hill (LW), 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Moomau (LW) def. Lobel (LU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Wellman (LU) def. Parker (LW), 6-4, 6-4