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Richard Clinches 4-3 Victory Over Radford

March 27, 2012  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Cameron Richard won her fifth straight singles match, Tuesday, against Radford.

Cameron Richard won her fifth straight singles match, Tuesday, against Radford.

Sophomore Cameron Richard clinched Liberty's fourth consecutive victory with her sixth straight singles win, Tuesday, as the Lady Flames downed Radford, 4-3, in a Big South road meeting.

The Lady Flames are now 8-10 and 2-3 in Big South action. Radford's loss is just its fifth of the season, as they now stand at 12-5. The Highlanders are also 2-3 in conference matches.

Radford claimed the first doubles match in the No. 2 slot, but Liberty gained the early 1-0 advantage behind a pair of tightly contested doubles victories in the final two matches. Richard and Brittany Yang knocked off Mia Drobnjak and Taylor Newman, 8-5, in the lead match. Carol Lobel and Jessie Boda then secured the opening point, downing Petra Dajevic and Gemma Valls, 8-6, in the No. 3 contest.

Lobel then gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage, taking a straight-set victory over Newman in the No. 5 slot, 6-1, 6-2.  Alexandra Sheeran nearly mirrored Lobel's performance, as she took the lead singles match from Dajevic, 6-2, 6-2, to up Liberty's lead to 3-0.

The homestanding Highlanders got on the board with a victory from Valls in the No. 4 slot, cutting the deficit to two, 3-1.

Each of the three remaining matches were forced into a third set, but Richard took care of the match's final outcome by downing Hannah Crawford in the No. 2 match, as Liberty held the 4-1 advantage.  After dropping the opening set, 6-2, Richard settled in during the final two sets, taking them 6-4, 6-3, for the win.

The Highlanders closed by taking both the No. 3 and No. 6 matches in three sets for the final tally of 4-3.

"I'm very proud of our girls," stated Liberty Head Coach Chris Johnson.  "This is a big win on the road and it couldn't have come at a better time."

The Lady Flames play their fourth match in as many days, tomorrow, when they host Norfolk State.  Start time is set for 2:30 p.m., and live updates will be available.

Liberty 4, Radford 3
1. Richard/Yang (LU) def. Drobnjak/Newman (RU), 8-5
2. Crawford/Napolitano (RU) def. Jenkins/Sheeran (LU), 8-3
3. Boda/Lobel (LU) def. Dajevic/Valls (RU), 8-6

1. Sheeran (LU) def. Dajevic (RU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Richard (LU) def. Crawford (RU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Drobnjak (RU) def. Yang (LU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
4. Valls (RU) def. Jenkins (LU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Lobel (LU) def. Newman (RU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Napolitano (RU) def. Domenech (LU), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6