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Lady Flames Run Winning Streak to Four Matches With 2nd 7-0 Win, Sunday

February 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Hashiguchi and Anderson improved to 4-0 in doubles with their win against Shaw on Sunday.

Hashiguchi and Anderson improved to 4-0 in doubles with their win against Shaw on Sunday.

The Lady Flames tennis team continued its stretch of dominance of late, running its winning streak to four with a 7-0 victory over visiting Shaw, Sunday afternoon at Crosswhite Athletic Club.        

Liberty's victory over the Bears caps off a perfect 3-0 weekend for the Lady Flames. Liberty has won four matches over the course of the last eight days. The Lady Flames' last four-match winning streak came at the tail end of the 2017 season (April 10-21).

The Lady Flames' now stand at 4-3 overall following the victory, while Shaw fell to 0-1 with a loss in its first dual match of 2018.

"This was a great weekend for us. We continued our momentum from last week and added to our confidence level," said Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "Challenges make us better, and this weekend's performance spurred us onto a higher level of grit. We are already looking forward to our next challenge."

Sunday marked the second time in Liberty women's tennis program history that the team has won two matches in one day by the score of 7-0. The only other occurrence came just under 10 years ago on March 18, 2008. On that day, Liberty bested Hastings and McMurray.

The Lady Flames won 90 total games against Shaw and lost only nine in the match. They had three 6-0, 6-0 victories in singles from freshman Polina Miroshnichenko (No. 4), junior Anna Dollar (No. 2) and freshman Grace Hashiguchi (No. 6).

Liberty won its second doubles point of the day with relative ease. Rebekah Anderson and Grace Hashiguchi, playing in the No. 1 position for the first time, cruised to a 6-0 triumph over Daniela Vanko and Carmen Mantecon. The Lady Flames junior and freshman are now 4-0 since being paired up for the most time, last weekend in Texas against Stephen F. Austin.

The No. 2 Liberty unit of Aleksandra Panchenko and Polina Miroshnichenko clinched the doubles point, topping Andrijana Martic and Marilyne Kamegne, 6-2.

Evangeline Crist and Audrey Brown followed suit, winning 6-2 on court three over Simbiat Aleem and Helena Fekete. The doubles victory came in Brown's first action of the 2017-18 season.

Miroshnichenko defeated Martic in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0 for her third singles victory of the weekend. On court one, Bongart also won her third solo bout of the weekend, taking down Vanko, 6-0, 6-1. Bongart's team-leading 12th singles victory made the score 3-0 in favor of the home side.

Seconds later, Anderson officially gave Liberty its fourth straight win with her 6-1, 6-1 triumph in the No. 5 singles match. Crist upended Kamegne on court three in straight sets (6-2, 6-0). The senior's victory continued the shutout, pushing the edge to 5-0.

Moments after Crist's victory, her doubles partner Anna Dollar put the finishing touches on her 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of Mantecon. The last match to start was the No. 6 showdown between Hashiguchi (Liberty) and Fekete (Troy). The Liberty freshman earned her first singles victory of the spring (6-0, 6-0) which set the final score at 7-0.

The Lady Flames will only have to prepare for one match next weekend. They will take on in-state opponent Virginia Tech (4-0) on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.