The Liberty Lady Flames matched the program's most wins (15) in a single season with Liberty's 7-0 victory against the visiting Presbyterian Blue Hose on Sunday afternoon at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts. Liberty is now 15-3 on the season, including a conference record of 5-1. Presbyterian falls to 12-6 and 1-4 in Big South play after the loss.
The Lady Flames secured the doubles point to begin the contest, cruising past Presbyterian in each of the three doubles matches. Belen Rivera and Emily Groeneveld began doubles competition, blanking Madison Utberg and Antonia Conze 8-0 from the No. 3 doubles position.
Maria Khval and Brittany Yang clinched the doubles point for the red and blue after besting Caroline deLoach and Sara McBride, 8-1 from the No.1 doubles slot.
Valerie Thong and Evangeline Crist capped off doubles play, soaring past Claire-Mitchell Andrews and Brittany Nuttall, 8-2 from the No. 2 doubles spot.
Freshman standout Crist placed the Lady Flames ahead 2-0 after defeating McBride from the No. 4 singles position. The Georgia native cruised to a straight set victory, 6-1, 6-0 to improve to a team-best 13-2 in singles play this season.
Khval provided Liberty with breathing room after the sophomore downed Andrews in straight sets. The Belarus native eased past Andrews, 6-2, 6-1 to place the Lady Flames ahead 3-0.
One day removed from senior day, senior Nicola Wellman clinched the match for the red and blue from the No. 5 singles spot. Wellman had no problem in dropping Utberg, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 victory, putting Liberty ahead 4-0 and clinching the match.
With the match already in hand, Liberty received wins from each of the final three singles matches to claim the 7-0 victory. Rivera defeated Nuttall from the No. 1 singles slot, 6-1, 6-4 while Yang bested deLoach, 6-4, 6-3 from the No. 3 singles position, respectively.
Lauren Mabe capped off the match with a straight set victory over Conze, 6-2, 6-2 from the No. 6 position.
"I was pleased with our internal motivation in the match," stated head coach Jeff Maren. "We had the desire to play better and to be more focused today and so our execution was much improved from yesterday's match. We are looking forward to the matches ahead of us and know that we will be stronger after what we learned about ourselves from this weekend's competition."
Liberty will return to action Wednesday when the Lady Flames conclude their 2015 home schedule against the visiting Radford Highlanders. The contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
Liberty 7, Presbyterian 0