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Liberty Makes it Four in a Row with 6-1 Win

March 22, 2009  Boiling Springs, N.C.  RSS
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Jordan Jenkins

Jordan Jenkins

The Lady Flames dropped only a singles and a doubles match in their 6-1 win over Gardner-Webb, Sunday afternoon in Big South women's tennis action, rolling to the team's fourth-straight overall victory.

The win gives the Lady Flames an 8-6 overall mark on the year and a 2-1 record in Big South action. The loss drops Gardner-Webb, who had won four out of five coming into the matchup, to 8-9 overall and to 1-4 in league play.

For the first time in four trips out onto the tennis courts, Liberty dropped a doubles game, but the Lady Flames still managed to secure the doubles point with victories in the top two tandem matchups.

Jordan Jenkins and Hannah Fick captured their fifth-straight doubles win together, as the No. 1 pair downed the Bulldogs' top tandem of Laura Kreitt and Rita Gouveia, 8-4.

Nadia Solomon-Burgess and Valeriya Klintsevich needed a few more games than their top counterparts, as the No. 2 doubles pair dispatched Jenny Gomez and Tavenner Black, 8-6, to secure the overall doubles point.

The Bulldogs most successful doubles part, Amy Beavers and Kasey Ellis, ended Liberty's double dominance, as the pair moved to 11-6 on the season with an 8-3 victory Liberty's Lais Souza and Fabiana Gouveia.

With the doubles point in hand, Liberty secured the overall match with strong singles play, as four of the team's five singles wins were in straight sets. For the second-straight match, a Lady Flame opponent was only able to scratch out one singles victory.

For the third-straight match, Jenkins dominated at No. 1 singles, as the reigning Big South Player and Freshman of the Year rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Kreitt. During two conference matches over the weekend, the sophomore surrendered just five total games to up her singles mark to 7-4 on the year.

Souza was able to rebound from an opening set 6-1 loss to Gomez, by rallying for wins in the second (6-3) and third (11-9) sets to push Liberty's team lead in the match to 3-0.

Solomon-Burgess was able to move to 5-2 this year at No. 3 singles with relative ease, dropping just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Rita Gouveia to secure the team victory.

Fick pushed her personal winning streak to eight in a row, with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Beavers at No. 4 singles, while Fabiana Gouveia downed Black, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 6 singles to wrap up Liberty's five singles wins.

The Lady Flames will be back in action on Wednesday when they host East Carolina in their first home match of the 2009 spring outdoor season. Match time is set for Noon.