The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad saw its Senior Day spoiled by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Saturday. The visiting Chanticleers defeated the Lady Flames, 4-3, for Liberty's first Big South Conference loss of the season.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 14-3 and 4-1 in conference play while Coastal Carolina improves to 11-4 overall, including a 5-0 conference mark.
The Lady Flames secured the doubles point to begin the contest, after winning two of the three doubles showdowns. The dynamic duo of Maria Khval and Brittany Yang provided Liberty with the 1-0 advantage for the doubles point, downing Romane Delay and Natalie Wall, 8-4, from the No. 1 doubles slot.
The doubles tandem of Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong secured the doubles point for the Lady Flames after cruising past Honami Yazawa and Sara Bondar, 8-3, from the No. 2 doubles position.
Belen Rivera and Emily Groeneveld dropped the final doubles contest, 8-6, to Libby Scott and Marie Babayan.
Chanticleers' Bondar tied the match at one piont apiece after besting Yang from the No. 4 singles spot, 6-1, 6-2.
Khval recaptured the lead for Liberty from the No. 2 singles slot. The Belarus native cruised past Yazawa in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Senior Nicola Wellman notched the Lady Flames' third point of the contest on Senior Day. The Florida native notched a straight set victory over Cari Berry, 6-2, 6-2 to give the home team a 3-1 lead.
Despite holding the 3-1 advantage, Liberty could not close the door on the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina received wins in each of the final three singles matches to steal the victory from the Lady Flames.
"Today was not our day," commented head coach Jeff Maren. "Coastal played well and we did not. There are no excuses. This one is on us. We have to step up and play better if we are going to accomplish our goals this season. Hopefully this will be a moment of truth for us, and we will rise to the occasion and improve the areas that need improving."
Liberty will return to action tomorrow when the Lady Flames play host to Presbyterian at 12:30 at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
Coastal Carolina 4, Liberty 3