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Lady Flames Post Solid First Day at Liberty Fall Classic

September 14, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jessie Boda posted a first round win in singles action on Friday.

The Liberty women's tennis team notched nine victories on day one of the Liberty Fall Classic at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.

The Lady Flames won five out of eight doubles matches and four out of six singles matches on the day.

Highlighting doubles action for Liberty was the pair of Jessie Boda and Cameron Richard who reached the finals in the Flight 3 bracket. Boda and Richard notched an 8-6 first round victory over Gaby Celi and Gabby Gabriel of Appalachian State and an 8-2 win over Megan Douglass (JMU) and Rebecca Graff (NSU) to advance to the finals.

Brittany Yang and Valerie Thong as well as Alexandra Sheeran and Rebekah Jenkins also picked up first round victories for the Lady Flames in doubles play.

In singles play, Nicola Wellman, Annisha Domenech, Thong and Boda advanced with convincing first round victories for Liberty.

"This was a pretty good start to our first fall tournament," commented head coach Jeff Maren. "Jessie and Cam played very well in doubles, winning both of their matches to reach the final.  I was also impressed with the way we competed in singles, winning four matches comfortably and narrowly losing two.  Our fitness levels are improving daily, so I am excited to see how we compete with our longest day coming up tomorrow."

Play resumes on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.