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Lady Flames Move to 5-0 in Big South with Win at Gardner-Webb

March 31, 2017  Boiling Springs, N.C.   RSS
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Camacho won her No. 6 singles match against Mixon, 6-2, 6-1.

Camacho won her No. 6 singles match against Mixon, 6-2, 6-1.

The Liberty women's tennis team improved to 5-0 in the Big South with a 5-2 win at Gardner-Webb, Friday afternoon at GWU Tennis Courts.

With the win, the Lady Flames improve to 8-9 overall and have won their first five Big South matches for a second straight year. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs fall to 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference with the setback.

"The wind was very extreme today and provided a lot of adversity, but the girls managed to pull through despite tough conditions and opponents," stated Liberty Head Coach Jeff Maren.

Liberty captured two of three matches to win the doubles point and won the first three singles matches and four of six singles bouts overall for the victory.

In doubles, Lady Flames sophomore Anna Dollar and junior Evangeline Crist earned a convincing 6-0 victory over Sandra Bolstad and Mary Walker Mixon in the No. 1 match.

Gardner-Webb's Catherine White and Sarah Rieckmann evened the doubles matches at 1-1 with a 6-1 win of their own over Liberty sophomore Rebekah Anderson and freshman Eugenia Camacho in the No. 2 position.

Liberty seniors Emily Groeneveld and Mariely Hassey delivered for the Lady Flames on court three, securing a 6-2 victory against GWU"s Daniela Naupari and Miljana Ristic. The seniors' win put the visiting Liberty Lady Flames ahead, 1-0 in the match.

In singles play, Liberty grew its lead to 2-0 behind Camacho, who defeated Mixon (6-2, 6-1) on court six. The Costa Rica native's victory brings her singles record to 5-4, this spring.

Groeneveld needed two sets to defeat Ristic (6-2, 7-5), in the No. 4 singles match. The Liberty senior's triumph boasted the visiting lead to 3-0 and was her third straight and 12th singles win of 2016-17.

Crist clinched the match for the Lady Flames in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) over Rieckmann. Crist's fourth straight win made the score 4-0.

On court three, Dollar won her third consecutive match, defeating Naupari in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-1). After the two players traded sets, Dollar's 6-1 third-set win put the Lady Flames ahead, 5-0.

The Bulldogs won the final two matches to set the final score at 5-2. White prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker with Hassey in the No. 5 singles position, winning 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8). GWU's Bolstad overcame a one-set deficit, coming back to defeat Anderson on court one, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Liberty is now set for a crucial conference showdown, tomorrow at Big South leader Winthrop (15-4, 6-0 Big South). Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Courts in Rock Hill, S.C. The Lady Flames (5-0) and Charleston Southern (5-0) are tied for second place, just a half-game behind Winthrop.