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Lady Flames Suffer Setback against Xavier

January 22, 2016  Cincinnati, Ohio  RSS
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Lady Flames Suffer Setback against Xavier

The Liberty Lady Flames tennis squad dropped its first contest of the 2016 season, falling to Xavier by a score of 6-1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The loss drops Liberty to 1-1 on the season while the Musketeers improve to 1-1 on the campaign.

Xavier claimed the doubles point after notching two of three doubles victories. Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong improved to 2-0 in doubles competition in the spring, downing Sydney Liggins and Amina Ismail, 6-4.

With Liberty trailing, 2-0, Maria Khval cut the Lady Flames' deficit in half by besting Cristina Di Lorenzo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

The Musketeers claimed the final four matches to take the 6-1 victory over the visiting Lady Flames.

"Xavier outplayed us today," stated head coach Jeff Maren. "They are a good team and showed us the importance of playing with mental strength and heart. My hope is that we will learn from this one and improve as a result."

Liberty will return to action tomorrow at 3 p.m., competing against host Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Xavier 6, Liberty 1
Doubles

  1. Crist/Thong (LU) def. Liggins/Ismail (Xavier), 6-4
  2. Di Lorenzo/Brinker (Xavier) def. Dollar/Khval (LU), 6-1
  3. Ghidotti/Abelson (Xavier) def. Anderson/Groeneveld (LU), 6-1

Singles

  1. Liggins (Xavier) def. Rivera (LU), 6-3, 6-3
  2. Khval (LU) def. Di Lorenzo (Xavier), 6-4, 6-4
  3. Ismail (Xavier) def. Dollar (LU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
  4. Brinker (Xavier) def. Crist (LU), 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
  5. Abelson (Xavier) def. Anderson (LU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
  6. Ghidotti (Xavier) def. Groeneveld (LU), 6-0, 6-2