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Liberty Wins Home Match, 5-2, Over UNCG

March 3, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dollar, alongside Crist, clinched the doubles point and then sealed the match against UNCG with her win at No. 4 singles.

Dollar, alongside Crist, clinched the doubles point and then sealed the match against UNCG with her win at No. 4 singles.

In its first match of a doubleheader on Saturday, Liberty topped visiting UNCG, 5-2, Saturday at Crosswhite Athletic Club.

The Lady Flames (5-5) won the match on the strength of a doubles sweep of the Spartans (3-4) and singles wins in the No. 1-4 positions in the lineup.  

Liberty swept UNCG in the three doubles matches, taking an early 1-0 lead in the match. The Lady Flames' No. 3 duo of Rebekah Anderson and Grace Hashiguchi had no problem handling Sophia Adams and Brianna Gomez. The pairing's 6-1 victory improved their spring doubles record to 6-1.

Courts one and two featured closer matches. The No. 1 Liberty duo of Evangeline Crist and Anna Dollar trailed, 3-2, in the early going against UNCG's Alice Taylor and Corinne Blythe. The Lady Flames' pairing claimed four of the final five games. Leading 5-4, Crist served Liberty to the 6-4 victory. The win bolstered Crist and Dollar's record to 5-0 in 2018 and provided the hosts a 1-0 lead in the match.

On court two, Maria Medina and Lara Soares of Liberty trailed, 5-2, to Nancy Bridges and Blaine Boaz. The No. 2 Lady Flames duo rallied to tie at 5-5. Because the doubles point had already been decided, a tiebreaker was played at 5-5. Medina and Soares won convincingly, 7-3, in the tiebreaker, completing the doubles sweep, 6-5 (3) for the Lady Flames.

Liberty got off to a strong start in singles, winning the first set in all five matches. The Lady Flames' Soares, who was losing, 5-4, to Blythe in her first set on court three, roared back to take the set, 7-5. The Liberty junior then went on to win the set two, 6-2, and the match, 7-5, 6-2. Soares triumph, her sixth straight, put Liberty up two points, 2-0.

The Lady Flames' Medina also earned a straight-sets victory (6-4, 6-4) against Alice Taylor. Medina was down, 3-2, in both sets before claiming four of the final games in each set. The Liberty junior's No. 1 singles victory brought the score to 3-0.

After pairing with Crist to clinch the doubles point, Dollar defeated Boaz in two sets to seal the match for the home side, needing a tiebreaker to win the second (6-4, 7-6 (2)). Her victory made it 4-0, Lady Flames.

The Spartans collected their first point of the day in the No. 6 match between Adams (UNCG) and Anderson (Liberty). Anderson took the set one, 6-0, but emerged victorious in the match by winning the next two sets for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

The Lady Flames' fifth and final point came from junior Ashley Bongart, her team-leading 14th singles triumph of the 2017-18 campaign. Bongart and her opponent, Bridges, split the first two sets before Bongart claimed the last set to win, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The final (No. 6) match went to the Spartans' Gomez in a lengthy bout against the Lady Flames' Crist. The match featured tiebreakers in the first and second sets and was decided in a third-set 10-point tiebreaker. Gomez won the first set, 7-6 (5). Crist erased a 5-3 second-set deficit, forcing a tiebreaker, which she won, 8-6.

UNCG's Gomez prevailed, 1-0 (10-7), in the third set to take the match, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 1-0 (10-7). Her win settled the score at 5-2 in favor of Liberty. The Lady Flames have now won each of the past two meetings in the all-time series.

The Lady Flames will look to go 2-0 on the day, as they face North Carolina A&T (0-7). First serve is slated for 4:15 p.m. at Crosswhite Athletic Club.  

Liberty 5, UNCG 2
Singles competition
1. BONGART, Ashley (LIBERTYW) def. Nancy Bridges (UNCG-W) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. MEDINA, Maria (LIBERTYW) def. Alice Taylor (UNCG-W) 6-4, 6-4
3. SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. Corinne Blythe (UNCG-W) 7-5, 6-2
4. DOLLAR, Anna (LIBERTYW) def. Blaine Boaz (UNCG-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Sophia Adams (UNCG-W) def. ANDERSON, Rebekah (LIBERTYW) 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Brianna Gomez (UNCG-W) def. CRIST, Evangeline (LIBERTYW) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles competition
1. CRIST, Evangeline/DOLLAR, Anna (LIBERTYW) def. Alice Taylor/Corinne Blythe (UNCG-W) 6-4
2. MEDINA, Maria/SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. Nancy Bridges/Blaine Boaz (UNCG-W) 6-5 (7-3)
3. ANDERSON, Rebekah/HASHIGUCHI, Grace (LIBERTYW) def. Sophia Adams/Brianna Gomez (UNCG-W) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,4,5,1,6) Official: B Harrison/J Conley  T-4:44