The Liberty Lady Flames fell to No. 42 William & Mary by a final score of 6-1, Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg, Va.
With the loss, Liberty drops to 3-6 on the campaign while the Tribe improve to 8-4.
The Lady Flames seemed up to the task of knocking off William & Mary early on, earning the doubles victory from the Tribe. The duo of Evangeline Crist and Valerie Thong began doubles action by besting Marie Faure and Elizaveta Nemchinov, 6-4. The victory tied Thong with Jordan Jenkins for the most all-time doubles wins in program history with 78.
After William & Mary's duo of Lauren Goodman and Maria Groener bested Anna Dollar and Maria Khval (6-4), Liberty received a much-needed boost from the No. 3 doubles pair of Rebekah Anderson and Aleksandra Panchenko. The Lady Flames' doubles tandem went toe-to-toe with Julia Casselbury and Cecily Wuenscher, pulling away in the end by a final score of 7-6(8-6), giving Liberty the doubles point.
However, the Tribe rebounded in a convincing manner as they claimed each of the six singles matches to defeat Liberty 6-1. The Lady Flames' biggest chance at a singles win came from the No. 1 slot when Khval took No. 89 Nemchinov down to the wire. The Liberty junior claimed the first set, 6-4, but fell in the final two sets by a final of 6-2, 6-4.
"We are capturing the momentum in doubles and giving it up in singles," stated head coach Jeff Maren. "We need to work on finding a way to keep that momentum at the beginning of singles. This match will definitely help to get us ready for conference play next week."
Liberty returns to action on Thursday when the Lady Flames host Campbell in the Big South opener. The contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m., and will be played at the Cook Tennis Center, weather permitting.
No. 42 William & Mary 6, Liberty 1