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Lady Flames Down Bulldogs for Third Straight

March 21, 2009  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Hannah Fick picked up one of Liberty's four singles victories on the day, helping the Lady Flames secure a 5-2 win over UNC Asheville.

Hannah Fick picked up one of Liberty's four singles victories on the day, helping the Lady Flames secure a 5-2 win over UNC Asheville.

Liberty used a trio of doubles victories along with four singles wins to post a 5-2 Big South women's tennis road victory over UNC Asheville, Saturday morning, at the UNCA Tennis Center.

The road victory, Liberty's four of the season, moves the Lady Flames above the .500 mark for the first time this spring, 7-6, thanks to three-straight wins. The Big South triumph evens Liberty's Big South mark at 1-1, while the loss drops UNC Asheville to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in league action.

For the third-straight outing, the Lady Flames swept all three doubles matches to open the team scoring with a 1-0 advantage. The tandem of Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick remained unbeaten this year at No. 1 singles, as the pair moved to 4-0 with an 8-3 win over Devon Cavanaugh and Louise Bottomley.

Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Valeriya Klintsevich, playing together for the first time in 2009, secured their first win together, as the pair knocked off Leslie Smith and Nicole Schon, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. Lais Souza and Fabiana Gouveia wrapped up the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Stephanie Schon and Tania Mateva at No. 3 doubles.

Jenkins continued to look more comfortable at No. 1 singles, opening the individual portion of the conference matchup with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Smith for her third win in a row.

The Bulldogs battled back at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, starting with Stephanie Schon's victory over Solomon-Burgess, 6-3, 7-6, handing the sophomore her first setback in the No. 2 spot of the lineup this year.

UNC Asheville evened the overall match score, 2-2, with Cavanaugh's victory over Souza at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 7-6, ending her personal three-match winning streak.

But the lower part of head coach Chris Johnson's lineup ended the Bulldogs' run, reeling off three straight wins at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles to wrap up the Big South win.

Fick had the easiest of the three wins, knocking off Nicole Schon, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles, for her seventh-straight victory to move to 8-4 on the season.

Klintsevich dropped the first set of her matchup with Bottomley in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3), but rebounded to win the second and third sets, 7-5, 6-3, to wrap up the team victory for Liberty.

Gouveia closed out the match for the Lady Flames with a straight-sets win, 6-3, 6-4, over Mateva at No. 6 singles, for her third singles victory in a row.

The Lady Flames will join the men's squad tomorrow, when both teams travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Big South rookie Gardner-Webb in league action.