The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad improved to 2-0 in conference play after a dominating 7-0 victory against UNC Asheville on Saturday at the Asheville Racquet Club in Asheville, N.C. With the victory, the Lady Flames continue to build upon their strong start with a program-best 9-2 record while improving to 2-0 in conference play for the second consecutive season.
The Bulldogs fall to 6-1 overall, and 1-1 in Big South play after entering the match with an untarnished 6-0 overall record and 1-0 conference record.
The contest began with a 3-0 sweep in doubles play for the Lady Flames to take the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
Valerie Thong and Evangeline Crist teamed up together to defeat Christine Boissevain and Lauren Brooker, 8-2 from the No. 2 doubles slot.
Emily Groeneveld and Mariely Hassey clinched the doubles point for the red and blue after besting Amryn Soldier and Hunter Hall, 8-2, from the No. 3 position. With the victory, Groeneveld and Hassey successfully placed the Lady Flames ahead 1-0.
With the doubles point clinched, Maria Khval and Brittany Yang finished off Emily McNall and Ericka Rivero, 8-5 to cap off doubles play.
Khval then extended the lead for Liberty, ousting Soldier in straight sets by scores of 6-2, 6-1 to push the lead to 2-0.
Competing from the No. 4 singles slot, Yang extended the Lady Flames' lead to 3-0 after besting Boissevain, 6-0, 6-3, providing some breathing room for the red and blue.
Rivera seized the victory for Liberty from the No. 1 singles slot. With a comfortable lead, Rivera bested Rivero in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Rivera sealed the competition for the Lady Flames, continuing the red hot start for Liberty.
With the match already sealed, the Lady Flames recorded victories in the remaining three matches. Hassey bested McNall in straight sets from the No. 2 singles slot while Crist and Wellman captured wins in the No. 5 and 6 spots respectively.
"We started the day by playing really good doubles, and that transferred really well into singles," stated assistant coach Giancarlo Lemmi. "Asheville is a really good team but our girls showed great mental strength on every court."
The Lady Flames return to action next Friday when they travel to Elon, N.C. to take on the Elon Phoenix. The contest is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Liberty 7, UNC Asheville 0