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Lady Flames Notch Another Win on Monday

March 23, 2015  Buies Creek, N.C.  RSS
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Lady Flames Notch Another Win on Monday

The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team secured yet another win on Monday afternoon, downing Big South foe Campbell by a score of 6-1 in Buies Creek, N.C.

The win marked the seventh consecutive victory for the red and blue as Liberty improves to 14-2 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 in conference play. The Camels fall to 7-7 on the year and 3-3 in Big South play.

With the win, Liberty improves to 5-3 all-time against Campbell. The Lady Flames now stand one victory shy of tying the program's single-season record for wins set in 2011 (15-7) and 2014 (15-9).

Mariely Hassey and Emily Groeneveld started the match on a positive note for Liberty, defeating Irina Karangozishvili and Maud Mrad in the No. 3 doubles slot, 8-3.

Maria Khval and Brittany Yang secured the doubles point for the Lady Flames after besting Georgina Segarra and Ana Maria Ortiz, 8-3, from the No. 1 doubles position.

Liberty won the final doubles match with Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong downing Tamara Stanic and Claudia Ortiz, 8-5.

The Camels evened the contest at 1-1 after Stanic bested Belen Rivera in straight sets from the No. 2 singles position, 6-1, 6-2.

Much like they have done all year, the Lady Flames regained the lead, pulling away from Campbell. Hassey captured the lead back for the red and blue after dropping Segarra in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Groeneveld then provided breathing room for Liberty after defeating Ewa Telenga from the No. 6 singles position, 6-0, 6-2.

The match was clinched at 4-1 when senior Yang bested Ortiz from the No. 4 singles slot. The Georgia native was able to cruise past Ortiz in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to improve on the already historic season for Liberty.

With the match in hand, the Lady Flames received wins from senior Nicola Wellman and sophomore Khval. Wellman dropped Mrad in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, while Khval bested Karangozishvili, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.

"Campbell is a very solid team, filled with players who fight for every point," stated head coach Jeff Maren. "So our girls had to play with great focus and energy and win the key points. We were able to do this in both doubles and singles today. Coach Lemmi and I are very proud of how our girls are continuing to grow as players and teammates. To God be the glory."

The Lady Flames return to action on Saturday for Senior Day against Coastal Carolina, where Liberty will honor its two seniors, Yang and Wellman. The contest is slated to begin at Noon at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.

Following Saturday's bout, Liberty will turnaround to play Presbyterian at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.

Liberty 6, Campbell 1

Doubles

  1. Khval/Yang (LU) def. Segarra/Ortiz (CAM), 8-3
  2. Crist/Thong (LU) def. Stanic/Ortiz (CAM), 8-5
  3. Hassey/Groeneveld (LU) def. Karangozishvili/Mrad (CAM), 8-3

Singles

  1. Hassey (LU) def. Segarra (CAM), 6-2, 6-1
  2. Stanic (CAM) def. Rivera (LU), 6-1, 6-2
  3. Khval (LU) def. Karangozishvili (CAM), 7-6 (8), 6-3
  4. Yang (LU) def. Ortiz (CAM), 6-2, 6-3
  5. Wellman (LU) def. Mrad (CAM), 6-2, 6-4
  6. Groeneveld (LU) def. Telenga (CAM), 6-0, 6-2