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Singles Victories Guide Lady Flames to Win

February 20, 2009  Boone, N.C.  RSS
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Stephanie Brown won her singles match at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1), helping the Lady Flames to a 6-1 victory over Appalachian State.

Stephanie Brown won her singles match at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1), helping the Lady Flames to a 6-1 victory over Appalachian State.

Dominating play by the Lady Flames at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles coupled with five singles victories, allowed Liberty to walk away with a convincing 6-1 victory over Appalachian State, Friday afternoon, at the Grandfather Mountain Tennis Courts.

The victories raised the Lady Flames 2009 team record to 3-4, in their final tune-up before beginning Big South Conference play against Coastal Carolina next weekend. The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 1-5 on the year.

Appalachian State's No. 1 doubles duo of Gisela Fernandez and Olivia Stannard kept Liberty's Stephanie Brown and Hannah Fick from posting their first victory of the year at the top position, as the Mountaineers opened the afternoon with an 8-1 doubles win.

However, Liberty proved to be just as dominant at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The tandem of Valeriya Klintsevich and Jordan Jenkins held Laura Janke and Monica Tomas from finding the scoreboard in an 8-0 blanking at No. 2 for the pairs' second straight victory.

The No. 3 doubles bout was a bit more tightly contested, but Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Lais Souza were eventually victorious over Amanda Cash and Lindsay King, 8-4, to gain the valuable doubles point for the visitors.

With momentum on their side, reigning Big South Player of the Year Jenkins kick started a string of success for Liberty, dominating Tomas, 6-0 and 6-1, at No. 1 singles to even her season mark in the position at 3-3.

The victory sparked the remainder of the Lady Flames to take four of the next five matchups. Fick (6-2, 6-0) and Brown (6-1, 6-1) dominated in their victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.

Solomon-Burge (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) and Klintesvich (1-6, 6-2, 10-3) each dropped a set en route to their wins at No. 2 and No. 6 singles, respectively, but eventually rallied over their Mountaineer foe to seal the Lady Flames win on the day.

The Lady Flames' lone setback on the afternoon in singles came at No. 2. ASU's Cash and Liberty's Souza split the opening two sets, 6-3 and 6-4, respectively. However, Cash picked up her team-leading third singles' victory of the year with a 7-5 win the final and decisive set.

After playing seven straight away from the "Hill City," the Lady Flames will play their first home event of the 2009 slate, when they welcome the Chanticleers to Lynchburg on Saturday. The doubles point will start to be contested at 11 a.m., against Liberty and Coastal Carolina.