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No. 4 Liberty Advances to Semifinals with 4-0 Victory Over No. 5 Campbell

April 15, 2015  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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No. 4 Liberty Advances to Semifinals with 4-0 Victory Over No. 5 Campbell

After cruising past Campbell in doubles play to claim the doubles point, the No. 4 seed Liberty women's tennis team backed its strong play by winning three consecutive singles matches to defeat No. 5 Camels, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big South Women's Tennis Championship. The Lady Flames advance to Friday's semifinals, where they will face the winner of No.1 Charleston and No. 8 seed Gardner-Webb at 10 a.m.

With the win, Liberty improves to 19-4 on the season. The Lady Flames advance to the Big South Women's Tennis semifinals for the third consecutive season. With the loss, the Camels fall to 10-9 overall.

Liberty claimed the doubles point after cruising past Campbell in two doubles matches. Emily Groeneveld and Mariely Hassey downed Iri Karangozishvili and Ewa Telenga, 8-1 to lift the Lady Flames to a 1-0 advantage for the doubles point.

Brittany Yang and Maria Khval defeated Tamara Stanic and Maud Mraz, 8-2, from the No. 1 doubles slot to snatch the doubles point from the Camels. The Liberty duo improve to 17-5 on the season, giving the Lady Flames the early 1-0 lead.

Belen Rivera extended the Liberty lead to 2-0, defeating Georgina Segarra from the No. 2 singles slot. The Bolivia native downed Segarra, 6-2, 6-3 for her 13th win of the season.

Yang then dispatched Ana Maria Ortiz from the No. 5 singles position. The Georgia native bested Ortiz, 6-1, 6-1 to push the Lady Flames lead to 3-0.

The match was clinched in favor of the red and blue after a straight set victory from Khval from the No. 3 singles position. Khval bested Karangozishvili, 6-3, 6-0 to catapult the Lady Flames over Campbell, 4-0.

"The girls played like pros today," stated head coach Jeff Maren. "They were mentally and physically prepared to play at a high level. Their execution was close to perfect and I believe that this was the perfect match for us to start the tournament. We are looking forward to our next match on Friday."

Liberty 4, Campbell 0

Doubles

  1. Yang/Khval (LU) def. Stanic/Mraz (CU), 8-2
  2. Crist/Thong (LU) vs. Ortiz/Segarra (CU), unfinished
  3. Groeneveld/Hassey (LU) def. Karangozishvili/Telenga (CU), 8-1

Singles

  1. Hassey (LU) vs. Stanic (CU), 6-4, unfinished
  2. Rivera (LU) def. Segarra (CU), 6-2, 6-3
  3. Khval (LU) def. Karangozishvili (CU), 6-3, 6-0
  4. Crist (LU) vs. Mraz (CU), 6-3, unfinished
  5. Yang (LU) def. Ortiz (CU), 6-1, 6-1
  6. Wellman (LU) vs. Valencia (CU), 6-1, unfinished