The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad bounced back from a tough 5-2 loss over the weekend to defeat Longwood, 5-2, Wednesday evening at the Sports Racket. The contest was the first Big South conference match for either school.
With the win, the Lady Flames improve to 8-2, while the Lancers fall to 3-5. Liberty is now 3-0 all-time in Big South home openers as well as 15-9 all-time against Longwood. The Lady Flames have now won three consecutive conference openers.
The contest began with the Liberty sweeping doubles play to claim the point in dominating fashion.
The Lady Flames gained the 1-0 advantage for the doubles point, when Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong bested Anna Pelak and Nicole Parker, 8-0, from the No. 2 slot.
Mariely Hassey and Emily Groeneveld then clinched the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Mason Thomas and Maria Coronel to place the red and blue ahead, 1-0.
Brittany Yang and Maria Khval capped off doubles play with an 8-5 win over Malin Allgurin and Paloma Alatorre in the No. 1 doubles.
Liberty extended its lead to 2-0 at the beginning of singles play, when Hassey defeated Pelak in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, in the first singles match completed, the No. 2 singles.
With the early two point lead, Thong added to Liberty's cushion with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Thomas in No. 5 singles to extend the Lady Flames' lead to 3-0.
Liberty clinched the Big South opener at the No. 4 spot in singles. Senior Nicola Wellman claimed a straight set, 6-0, 6-1, victory over Alatorre to give Liberty the 4-0 advantage.
With the match clinched, the Lancers took two of the final three matches for the final scored of 5-2.
The final win for the Lady Flames came from Belen Rivera, as she defeated Allgurin, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 1 singles..
Coronel bested Groeneveld in three sets, 6-2, 0-6, 10-4, while Parker defeated Mabe in three sets as well, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4, in the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
Liberty will return to action on Saturday when it travels to Asheville, N.C. to take on Big South foe UNC Asheville. The contest is slated to begin at noon at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.
Liberty 5, Longwood 2