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Women's Tennis Seeks Momentum in Florida
Fresh off a 9-0 win over Coker, the Liberty women's tennis team will aim to gain momentum for the second half of the season with three matches as part of its spring break trip in Florida. On Tuesday, the Lady Flames will make up a match with Long Island originally scheduled for Sunday evening. The next day, Liberty will take on Chicago State and Bethune-Cookman, with start times of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Liberty closed last week by splitting a pair of contests on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Flames dropped to 0-2 in Big South Conference action, falling to Gardner-Webb, 4-3, and then blanked Coker, 9-0.
Senior Carol Lobel has strung together three consecutive singles victories, and totals four wins on the year. Freshman Brittany Yang continues to lead Liberty in singles wins, claiming her last two matches to total six for 2012.
Yang and Cameron Richard have rolled off three-straight doubles victories. The duo has four wins this season, matching the sophomore combination of Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran, who also has four doubles wins.
Liberty's first match comes Tuesday against Long Island, who opens their spring break schedule with three matches as well. The Blackbirds' season is just getting underway, with the team dropping its opening three matches. Long Island has dropped contests to NJIT, St. Peter's and Massachusetts.
The Lady Flames then play two matches on Wednesday, beginning with a 10 a.m. meeting with Chicago State. The Cougars are 2-10, taking victories over Bradley and IUPUI, both by 4-3 margins.
Later that evening, Liberty meets up with Bethune-Cookman which owns a seven-match win streak. The Wildcats have had several contests postponed due to weather, with their last match taking place last Wednesday, a 6-1 win over Robert Morris.
Gaby Chinchilla and Shereen Peterson-Paul lead the way in singles, with seven wins apiece. Four Wildcats have six victories, as the team's total singles record is 47-19.
Bethune-Cookman has also been strong in doubles play, posting a 25-5 overall record. Gvantsa Robakidze and Katarina Szaboova have teamed for an 8-1 record.
The meetings this week will mark the first time Liberty has ever taken on Long Island, Chicago State and Bethune-Cookman.