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Liberty Travels to Longwood, Hosts Richmond on Senior Day This Week
The Liberty women's tennis team concludes its regular season this week with a pair of matches. The Lady Flames close out Big South Conference play at Longwood tomorrow, before hosting Richmond on Friday. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Prior to the match against the Spiders, Liberty's three seniors, Annisha Domenech, Rebekah Jenkins and Cameron Richard, will be honored as a part of Senior Day activities.
Liberty (12-8, 6-2 Big South) went 2-0 last week, notching a Big South victory over Radford, before stepping out of conference to shut out East Carolina, 4-0. The Lady Flames are riding a four-match winning streak and have won five out of their last six contests overall. During its current winning streak, Liberty has won by a combined score of 23-2. The 12 wins are the most for the Lady Flames since the squad posted 15 victories in 2011. Liberty is also assured its first winning season since 2011 as well.
In doubles play, each of the Lady Flames' three pairs is playing well in conference matches. Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval are 5-3, while Belen Rivera and Yang are 7-1 and Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong are a perfect 5-0. Overall, Jenkins and Khval are tied with Rivera and Yang for the most doubles wins on the team with nine.
The Lady Flames are looking to make it four wins in a row against the Lancers. All-time, Liberty is 8-4 against its Route 460 rival. Richmond has had the Lady Flames' number, though, winning each of the three previous contests between the two schools.
Longwood enters tomorrow's match with a 3-9 overall record and a 1-7 Big South mark. The Lancers have dropped two contests in a row and have lost seven of their last eight matches overall. Mason Thomas leads Longwood with four singles wins this spring. In the top doubles position, Sarah Moomau and Malin Allgurin have a team-best four victories.
Richmond currently holds a 6-10 record this season and will host James Madison tomorrow, before coming to Lynchburg on Friday. The Spiders have dropped three matches in a row, including their most recent contest against George Washington, 4-3. Earlier this season, Liberty defeated George Washington, 6-0.
The Lady Flames will next compete in the Big South Conference Women's Tennis Championship, which begins next week at Gardner-Webb. Seedings and the schedule for the tournament will be released on Sunday.