The top two double pairings for the Liberty women's tennis team proved to be effective on Friday at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational. The No. 1 squad of Rebekah Anderson and Aleksandra Panchenko remained unbeaten on the season with a victory, and the duo of Anna Dollar and Evangeline Crist earned a win at No. 2 doubles.
"We faced strong competition today. Although we didn't win as much as I would've liked, the girls were forced to raise their games, which will inevitably produce stronger players," stated Lady Flames Head Coach Jeff Maren. "I was especially happy with Bekah and Aleks winning at No. 1 doubles against a good WVU team. They work so well together."
After winning three matches at the Elon Fall Invitational last weekend, Anderson and Panchenko improved to 4-0 this fall with an 8-6 victory over West Virginia's Kaja Mrgole and Habiba Shaker.
Dollar and Crist, making their season debut, scored an 8-6 win over WVU"s Lyn Yuen Choo and Paula Goetz. Dollar also took Maryland's Alexandra Stanova to three sets at No. 2 singles, before losing, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 3-6. Crist also took Maryland's No. 1 Ekaterina Tour to three sets, before losing, 1-6, 6-4, 2-6.
At No. 3 singles, Anderson pushed the Terrapins' No. 3 player, Kristina Hovsepyan, to three sets. Hovsepyan prevailed, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2.
Liberty will play two doubles sessions and one singles session tomorrow. On Sunday, the Lady Flames will wrap up play at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational with one final singles session.