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Lady Flames Blank Morgan State, 4-0

February 22, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rebekah Jenkins captured her second singles win of the year on Friday.

Rebekah Jenkins captured her second singles win of the year on Friday.

The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team captured its second consecutive win with a 4-0 victory over the visiting Morgan State Bears, Friday afternoon inside the Sports Racket.

Liberty improves its overall record to 2-4 (1-0 Big South) on the year, while Morgan State drops to 1-7.

"We did a tremendous job of carrying our momentum from the previous match into this one," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "The girls were focused and full of confidence. It's a pleasure to watch them play with confidence and belief."

With Morgan State competing with only five players, Liberty received a victory by default in the No. 6 singles position and a 1-0 lead before the match started.

Liberty was afforded a one match advantage in doubles play, when Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong won by default in the No. 3 position.

Brittany Yang and Jessie Boda secured the doubles tally for the Lady Flames, downing Jasmine Edwards and Ekaterina Iakovleva, 8-3. Liberty's No. 2 tandem improved to 4-2 on the year after their second consecutive win.

In the No. 1 doubles spot, Liberty's Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman held a 7-6 lead, before their match was called and ruled unfinished.

Liberty began singles play with a 2-0 advantage and Wellman quickly extended the lead to 3-0 with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over Tiffany Hughes. Wellman's second consecutive singles win in the No. 5 spot upped her record to 3-2 on the year.

Jenkins completed the 4-0 sweep for the Lady Flames with a straight-set 6-2, 6-1 rout of Cooper in the No. 2 position. The win evened up Jenkins singles record on the season at 2-2.

Liberty was leading in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, before the match was halted due to the Lady Flames closing out the victory. Yang led Edwards, 6-3, 5-1 and Alexandra Sheeran held a 6-0, 5-3 advantage over Russell.

In the No. 1 singles position, Richard trailed Iakovleva, 2-6, 0-3, when the match concluded.

The Lady Flames return to the court on Feb. 28, with a trip to Buies Creek, N.C. to face Campbell. Liberty's second Big South conference match of the season is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Liberty 4, Morgan State 0
DOUBLES
1. Jenkins/Wellman (LU) vs. Russell/Cooper (MSU), 7-6 DNF
2. Yang/Boda (LU) def. Edwards/Iakovleva (MSU), 8-3
3. Richard/Thong (LU) won by default

SINGLES
1. Richard (LU) vs. Iakovleva (MSU), 2-6, 0-3 DNF
2. Jenkins (LU) def. Cooper (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Yang (LU) vs. Edwards (MSU), 6-3, 5-1 DNF
4. Sheeran (LU) vs. Russell (MSU), 6-0, 5-3 DNF
5. Wellman (LU) def. Hughes (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
6. Thong (LU) won by default