Jessie Boda (pictured) and Brittany Yang won their doubles match, 8-2, on Tuesday.
Playing its final scheduled indoor match of the 2013 spring season, the Liberty Lady Flames tennis team fell to the visiting East Tennessee State Buccaneers by a final score of 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the Sports Racket.
With the loss, Liberty drops to 0-4 on the season, while East Tennessee State improves to 2-0.
"The girls put up a great fight against a strong ETSU team," commented Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "I was proud of their effort and energy and believe that they have improved some of their weaknesses. I feel like these first four matches have prepared us for the beginning of the conference season next week."
Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda began the afternoon with a win the No. 2 doubles position for the Lady Flames. The Liberty tandem rolled past Larn McShane and Antonia Kolovou, 8-2, to improve their record as a pair to 2-2 on the year.
The Buccaneers answered right back, as Anna Gerbasi and Lyn Yee Choo knocked off Liberty's Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran, 8-4, in the No. 1 doubles pairing.
In the No. 3 spot, Sofia Espana and Salma Dahbi outlasted Liberty's Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong, 8-5, to give the Buccaneers the doubles point and a 1-0 lead heading into singles action.
In singles play, East Tennessee State won three of the six matches, with the other three ending unfinished.
At the No. 3 spot, Choo topped Yang, 6-2, 6-1, before Kolovou downed Richard, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 1 position.
Liberty's Nicola Wellman fell to Dahbi, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5 as the Buccaneers clinched the 4-0 victory.
Liberty will continue its three-match home stand on Feb. 20, against Longwood. The Lady Flames' Big South Conference opener is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
ETSU 4, Liberty 0 DOUBLES 1. Choo/Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Jenkins/Sheeran (LU), 8-4 2. Yang/Boda (LU) def. McShane/Kolovou (ETSU), 8-2 3. Dahbi/Espana (ETSU) def. Richard/Thong (LU), 8-5
SINGLES 1. Kolovou (ETSU) def. Richard (LU), 6-1, 6-0 2. Jenkins (LU) vs. Andreazza (ETSU), 6-4, 1-5, DNF 3. Choo (ETSU) def. Yang (LU), 6-2, 6-1 4. Sheeran (LU) vs. Gerbasi (ETSU), 2-6, 6-3, 0-3, DNF 5. Dahbi (ETSU) def. Wellman (LU), 6-3, 6-4 6. Thong (LU) vs. Espana (ETSU), 2-3 DNF