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Liberty Topped by ETSU on Tuesday, 4-0

February 12, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jessie Boda (pictured) and Brittany Yang won their doubles match, 8-2, on Tuesday.

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
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

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