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Lady Flames Tennis Drops Squeaker to Radford, 4-3

April 13, 2007  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Daniela Dimas was a winner at No. 6 singles in Friday's Lady Flames loss.

Daniela Dimas was a winner at No. 6 singles in Friday's Lady Flames loss.

The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team, playing its final conference match before the Big South Tournament, was defeated by the Radford Highlanders , 4-3 , Friday afternoon in Radford, Va.

The day's doubles play featured Radford winning all three matches to capture the point.

In singles, Liberty got off to a strong start, as the Lady Flames won three of the first four matches completed. Jonita Randolph captured her 14th win of the season, running her record to 14-1. All of Randolph's matches this season, the final collegiate campaign for Liberty's all-time wins leader, have been contested at No. 1.

The Lady Flames also got strong performances from Kathy Waldthausen at No. 3 singles, as the Mexico City native outlasted Radford's Ashton Downs in a three-set battle, and from Daniela Dimas, who prevailed in a three-set match at No. 6.

After Liberty's strong start, Radford rallied. The Highlanders were able to capture victories at both No. 2 and No. 4, completing their victory in a match-up which featured a quartet of three-set contests.

Radford, who won just seven matches all of last season while finishing with a 7-16 overall mark, won its 11th match of the season to run its record to 11-9 overall and 2-5 in the Big South. With the setback, Liberty's record drops to 5-10 and 2-5 in conference play. The Lady Flames will return to action on Saturday, as they continue their road trip by traveling to Elon, N.C., to take on the Elon Phoenix. Match time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

1. Daniela Milano/Cassandra Price (RU) def. Jonita Randolph/Martyna Hanusz (LU) – 8-5
2. Camila Noldin/Ashton Downs (RU) def. Ekaterina Kuznetsova/Kathy Waldthausen (LU) – 8-5
3. Ally Spector/Neely Edwards (RU) def. Livia Branco/Daniela Dimas (LU) – 8-3

1. Jonita Randolph (LU) def. Daniela Milano (RU) – 6-1, 6-1
2. Camila Noldin (RU) def. Ekaterina Kuznetsova (LU) – 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. Kathy Waldthausen (LU) def. Ashton Downs (RU) – 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Cassandra Price (RU) def. Martyna Hanusz (LU) – 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
5. Ally Spector (RU) def. Livia Branco (LU) – 6-0, 6-0
6. Daniela Dimas (LU) def. Antonietta Iosue (RU) – 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 6-3