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Win Streak Extends to Five with Lady Flames' 7-0 Victory

March 28, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Senior Carol Lobel won her fifth straight singles match, Wednesday.

Despite playing its fourth match in as many days, the Liberty women's tennis team showed no signs of wear, as they routed Norfolk State, 7-0, at the Hershey Tennis Courts on Wednesday.

The Lady Flames' fifth consecutive win improves their record to 9-10.  Since March 10, Liberty has won eight of its nine matches.  Five of the team's nine victories have been sweeps.  Norfolk State falls to 7-10 with the loss.

Liberty wasted no time taking the opening point on the afternoon, aided by a default in the No. 3 slot by the Spartans.  Jessie Boda and Carol Lobel took their fourth doubles match as a tandem, winning the No. 2 match to secure the doubles point, 8-1, over Maryna Kariuk and Laura Gutierrez.  Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran wrapped up doubles, blanking Naeemah Brooks and Rebecca Graff, 8-0.

A default in the No. 6 match handed Liberty a 2-0 advantage, before the remaining five Lady Flames all picked up straight-set wins en route to the overall sweep.

Jenkins notched her seventh singles victory of the season, as she downed Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-0, in the No. 2 slot.  Sheeran followed shortly after with her fourth straight singles win, dropping only one set to Brooks for the 6-0, 6-1, decision, clinching the Liberty victory.

Freshman Nicola Wellman also surrendered just one game, taking the No. 4 match over Kariuk, 6-1, 6-0, for her seventh win of 2012.

Lobel breezed through her opening set, 6-1, before Graff put up a fight in the second.  However, the Lady Flames' sole senior claimed the win by taking the second set, 7-5, for her fifth consecutive singles victory.

Annisha Domenech wrapped up the 7-0 win for Liberty, defeating Kia Batiste in the No. 5 match, 6-3, 6-2.

Liberty will hit the courts once again on Friday, with another Big South match.  The Lady Flames will host Campbell at 2 p.m., with live updates being available for the contest.

Liberty 7, Norfolk State 0
DOUBLES
1. Jenkins/Sheeran (LU) def. Brooks/Graff (NSU), 8-0
2. Boda/Lobel (LU) def. Kariuk/Gutierrez (NSU), 8-1
3. Domenech/Wellman (LU) win by default

SINGLES
1. Sheeran (LU) def. Brooks (NSU), 6-0, 6-1
2. Jenkins (LU) def. Gutierrez (NSU), 6-3, 6-0
3. Lobel (LU) def. Graff (NSU), 6-1, 7-5
4. Wellman (LU) def. Kariuk (NSU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Domenech (LU) def. Batiste (NSU), 6-3, 6-2
6. Boda (LU) wins by default