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Liberty Improves to 3-0 in Big South With Road Win at PC, Sunday

March 25, 2018  Clinton, S.C.   RSS
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Miroshnichenko won her match in three sets on Sunday at PC.

Miroshnichenko won her match in three sets on Sunday at PC.

Liberty won its second Big South road match of the weekend, defeating Presbyterian, 6-1, on Sunday at the Templeton Tennis Courts.

The Lady Flames swept the doubles matches and claimed five of six singles matches for their second 6-1 win of the weekend, following a 6-1 win at Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Liberty (9-7) remains unbeaten in the Big South at 3-0 and is now just a half match back of Winthrop (4-0) for first place. Liberty has yielded just one point to conference foes in 2018, while accumulating 20 points in three league matches. Presbyterian (7-8) is now in seventh place in the conference at 1-4 following Sunday's loss.

"Tough conditions today for both teams, but our girls found a way to persevere against a well-coached, solid team," said Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. "Ten days on the road is a long time to be away, but it has certainly proved valuable, as our team has become closer and stronger as a result - to God be the glory."

All three Liberty doubles units won on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead in the match. The Lady Flames' Maria Medina and Lara Soares defeated PC's Tracy Johnson and Caroline Ferrari in the No. 2 match, 6-1. The duo is now 8-4 in the No. 2 spot, this spring.

Liberty's Rebekah Anderson and Grace Hashiguchi ran their record to 8-2 in the spring with their 6-3 victory in the No. 3 doubles match against Beth Taylor and Brittany Nuttall, which secured the doubles point for the visitors.

The Lady Flames' Evangeline Crist and Anna Dollar completed the sweep by besting the Blue Hose's Demi Henschel and Samantha Calais, 6-4, on court one.

Fresh off her doubles victory, Soares cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Taylor in the No. 3 singles match. Soares, who is now a sterling 11-3 in singles this spring, made it 2-0, Lady Flames, with her fourth straight singles victory.

Crist, who is also playing her best tennis right now, picked up her sixth straight win and the 84th singles win of her Liberty career, 6-2, 6-2 over Ferrari on court five. The senior captain's win made it 3-0 in favor of Liberty and put her three victories away from tying Jordan Jenkins (87 wins, 2008-11) for the most in program history.

PC's lone point of the day came from Johnson, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Medina in the No. 2 singles bout. Johnson's decision sliced the Liberty lead down to 3-1.

Anderson (Liberty) defeated Thompson (PC), 6-3, 6-1 on court six for the match-clinching fourth point on court six.

The final two matches (courts four and one) went to the Lady Flames, as well, with victories from Polina Miroshnichenko and Ashley Bongart, who both only played during the singles session. Miroshnichenko overcame a one-set deficit in beating Calais, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 4 match, upping the lead to 5-1. Miroshnichenko is now 5-1 in the No. 4 slot, this spring.

Bongart's two-set match against Nuttall on court one was the lengthiest of the afternoon, with Bongart winning, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Her triumph settled the final score at 6-1. Seven of Liberty's nine victories in 2018 have been by a 6-1 or 7-0 count.  

Liberty's next match will be at home against UNC Asheville (9-5, 2-1 BSC) on Friday at 2 p.m.

Liberty 6, Presbyterian 1
Singles competition

1. BONGART, Ashley (LIBERTYW) def. Brittany Nuttall (PC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Tracy Johnson (PC) def. MEDINA, Maria (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 6-2
3. SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. Beth Taylor (PC) 6-2, 6-1
4. MIROSHNICHENKO, P. (LIBERTYW) def. Samantha Calais (PC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. CRIST, Evangeline (LIBERTYW) def. Caroline Ferrari (PC) 6-0, 6-2
6. ANDERSON, Rebekah (LIBERTYW) def. Katie Thompson (PC) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. CRIST, Evangeline/DOLLAR, Anna (LIBERTYW) def. Demi Henschel/Samantha Calais (PC) 6-4
2. MEDINA, Maria/SOARES, Lara (LIBERTYW) def. Tracy Johnson/Caroline Ferrari (PC) 6-1
3. ANDERSON, Rebekah/HASHIGUCHI, Grace (LIBERTYW) def. Beth Taylor/Brittany Nuttall (PC) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,2,6,4,1)