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