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Women's Tennis Blanks UNC Asheville, 7-0, in Big South Clash

March 28, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rebekah Jenkins recorded a singles and doubles win on Friday against UNC Asheville.

Rebekah Jenkins recorded a singles and doubles win on Friday against UNC Asheville.

The Liberty women's tennis team posted its first conference sweep of the season, rolling past the visiting UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at the Sports Racket.

The Lady Flames improve to 9-8 on the season and 4-2 in Big South tilts. Liberty extends its winning streak against the Bulldogs to four matches. UNC Asheville's record drops to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

The Lady Flames blitzed through the doubles matches, posting a sweep for the second time in the last three matches. Belen Rivera and Brittany Yang dominated Christine Boissevain and Amryn Soldier, 8-2, in the No. 1 position, improving the duo to a team-best 7-3 this season. 

Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong ran their winning streak to four matches with an 8-3 victory at No. 3 over Emily McNall and Gillian Lewis to clinch the point for Liberty.

The Lady Flames' No. 1 tandem of Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval capped the sweep by doubling up Ericka Rivero and Zoe Hamel, 8-4.

Liberty continued its strong play with straight-set wins in the No. 5, 4 and 3 singles positions. Nicola Wellman improved to a team-best 11-4 on the season with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the No. 5 spot against McNall. The junior upped her record in Big South contests to 5-1.

Khval ousted Boissevain, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 4, improving the freshman's mark to 10-7 overall on the year. Rivera picked up her fifth conference victory in six matches, knocking off Soldier, 7-6 (2), 6-1, in the No. 3 position.

With the match already clinched, Liberty collected three more victories to complete the sweep. In the No. 1 position, Yang was up, 3-6, 6-3, 4-1, before Hamel had to retire due to injury, giving the Liberty junior her 10th win of the season.

At No. 2, Jenkins came from behind to defeat Rivero in a tight contest, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-7, before Thong closed the afternoon with a 6-1, 6-3 ousting of Lewis in the No. 6 spot.

"We had a solid performance today against a good team," commented Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "I was pleased with our consistency and fight. I am looking forward to continuing this level of focus in our next match."

The Lady Flames continue Big South play on Sunday with a road contest at Presbyterian College. Match time against the Blue Hose is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Liberty 7, UNC Asheville 0
1. Rebekah Jenkins/Maria Khval (LU) def. Ericka Rivero/Zoe Hamel (UNCA), 8-4
2. Brittany Yang/Belen Rivera (LU) def. Christine Boissevain/Amryn Soldier (UNCA), 8-2
3. Cameron Richard/Valerie Thong (LU) def. Emily McNall/Gillian Lewis (UNCA), 8-3

1. Brittany Yang (LU) def. Zoe Hamel (UNCA), 3-6, 6-3, 4-1 retired
2. Rebekah Jenkins (LU) def. Ericka Rivero (UNCA), 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-7
3. Belen Rivera (LU) def. Amryn Soldier (UNCA), 7-6 (2), 6-1
4. Maria Khval (LU) def. Christine Boissevain (UNCA), 6-1, 6-3
5. Nicola Wellman (LU) def. Emily McNall (UNCA), 6-2, 6-4
6. Valerie Thong (LU) def. Gillian Lewis (UNCA), 6-1, 6-3