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Lady Flames Suffer Setback to Terriers on Sunday

January 21, 2018  Boston, Mass.  RSS
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Liberty fell, 5-2, to Boston University on Sunday morning.

Liberty fell, 5-2, to Boston University on Sunday morning.

The Lady Flames women's tennis team lost its second match of the weekend, a 5-2 setback at Boston University, Sunday morning at the Track & Tennis Center.

The Terriers (1-1) swept the doubles matches and picked up victories in the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 singles bouts to earn their first victory of 2018. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames (0-2) picked up two points with wins from senior captain Evangeline Crist (No. 4 singles) and junior Rebekah Anderson (No. 6 singles).

"Hats off to Boston for playing steady today. This was a disappointing performance," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "We all know that we cannot play like this again. I believe that our team knows this and will respond with urgency this week in practice."

Boston University dominated the doubles portion of Sunday's match. The pairing of Lily Burchell and Remi Ramos took down Liberty's No. 1 duo of Rebekah Anderson and Polina Miroshnichenko, 6-1, to get the hosts halfway to the doubles point.

The Terriers seized a 1-0 advantage by virtue of Dani Blaser and Katya Martens' victory over Lady Flames juniors Aleksandra Panchenko and Ashley Bongart, 6-1. BU also secured the doubles match on court two for the sweep. In that match, Iryna Kostirko and Emily Kim bested Maria Medina and Lara Soares, 6-3.

The home team won in straight sets at No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 singles, in that order, to close out the match and make it 4-0. The Terriers' Kim won the No. 3 singles match, 6-2, 6-0 over Miroshnichenko, while Ramos defeated Bongart, 6-2, 6-2 on court two. No. 1 singles player Kostirko (BU) bested Medina, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

With the outcome of the match settled, Liberty's Crist gutted out a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) triumph against Burchell in the No. 4 position, providing the visitors their first point of the day. Meanwhile, Martens (BU, No. 5 singles) boosted the Terriers' point total to five with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Soares.

For a second straight day, the Lady Flames' Anderson emerged victorious on court six. The Fullerton, Calif., native won, 7-5, 6-3 versus Blaser. Anderson's win settled the final outcome at 5-2.

Liberty will have time to prepare for its next two matches, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. The Lady Flames will travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M on Feb. 3, followed by a Feb. 4 showdown against Stephen F. Austin.