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Lady Flames to Begin Big South Slate, Saturday

February 24, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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A winner of two straight, Nicola Wellman and the Lady Flames open Big South Conference play on Saturday at Coastal Carolina.

The Liberty women's tennis team hits the road this weekend for its first Big South Conference matchup of the season, facing Coastal Carolina at 10 a.m., Saturday.  The team was originally scheduled to meet Charleston Southern, Friday, but that match has been postponed to March 16, due to an inclement weather forecast.

The Lady Flames are coming off a 5-2 defeat to No. 62 Virginia Tech, in a match that was much closer than the final score indicated.  Liberty held leads in a pair of the doubles matches, before the experienced Hokies bounced back to claim the opening point.

Liberty then took the first set in four of the six singles matches, but was only able to claim a pair of victories.  Nicola Wellman won her second singles match in a row, while Jessie Boda notched her first collegiate dual singles win.

Freshman Brittany Yang, who sat out the match against Virginia Tech, remains as the team leader in singles victories, sporting a 3-1 record.  Sophomores Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran have claimed the most doubles wins, going 3-2.

While Coastal Carolina picked up eight straight wins to open the series between the two programs, the last six matches have played out evenly, 3-3.

Last year, the Lady Flames and Chanticleers faced off twice.  Liberty claimed the regular-season matchup at home, 4-3, while Coastal Carolina advanced in the Big South Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 win.

The Chants have settled in at home to open the 2012 season, as they have won the first three matches of an eight match homestand.  After defeating Georgia Southern, 4-3, Coastal Carolina has blanked both USC Upstate and Western Carolina, 7-0.

Katie Fosnacht, Mikaela Kristofersson and Diana Mortlock lead the Chanticleers in singles play, each holding a 3-0 record.  Maria Hesketh and Kourtney Kowal are unbeaten in doubles play, at 2-0.