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Liberty Ready for Pair of Big South Road Matches in South Carolina, This Weekend

March 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames will play at Charleston Southern and Presbyterian, this weekend.

The Lady Flames will play at Charleston Southern and Presbyterian, this weekend.

The Liberty women's tennis team will play conference road matches at Charleston Southern (Saturday) and Presbyterian (Sunday), this weekend.

Saturday's match between Liberty and Charleston will start at noon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex in Charleston, S.C.. Sunday's match between the Lady Flames and Presbyterian Blue Hose is slated for a noon start at the Templeton Tennis Courts in Clinton, S.C.

Liberty is currently 7-7 and 1-0 in the Big South. The Lady Flames, who have played the fewest conference matches of any Big South team so far in 2018, defeated Campbell, 7-0, on March 15 in their league opener.

Charleston Southern (8-4) enters the weekend with a 4-1 conference mark following a 4-3 loss at Campbell on Monday. Presbyterian (6-7) is still in search of their first Big South win of the year, coming into the weekend with a 0-3 mark in the conference.

Series History
Charleston Southern holds a 15-6 all-time series edge over Liberty and has never lost to Liberty at home. Last year, the teams split the two meetings. The Lady Flames won the first matchup, 4-3 on April 14, 2017, which clinched a share of the Big South regular-season crown. The Buccaneers ended Liberty's season with a 4-3 win of their own in the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Championship semifinals just eight days later (April 22).

The Lady Flames have a track record of success against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, winning nine of 10 all-time meetings. They last defeated PC, 6-1, on March 26, 2017 in Lynchburg.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
There will be no live scoring for either match over the weekend. However, follow @LibertyWTennis on Twitter for match day details and a recap after each match.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Senior captain Evangeline Crist is 13-3 in doubles, this season. She now has 87 career doubles victories and needs four more to surpass the program's all-time mark of 90, set by Valerie Thong. Crist has 14 singles wins this year to bring her 81 for her career, just six shy of tying the Liberty women's tennis program record of 87 singles wins (Jordan Jenkins, 2008-11).
  • The Lady Flames own impressive marks in singles (48-32) and doubles (26-11) as a collective unit, this spring. Junior Lara Soares is a team-best 9-3 in singles, this spring. Both Evangeline Crist/Anna Dollar and Rebekah Anderson/Grace Hashiguchi are 6-2 in doubles in 2018.
  • The Lady Flames are picked to finish second in the Big South, behind only Winthrop. The Eagles lead the conference with a 4-0 mark so far.
  • Liberty has won four of its seven dual matches by a 7-0 count. The 7-0 triumphs came over Troy (Feb. 11), Shaw (Feb. 11), North Carolina A&T (March 3) and Campbell (March 15).
  • The Lady Flames' next win will be the 80th at Liberty for Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren. Maren is 79-54 at Liberty, including a 36-9 mark in Big South Conference matches.

Scouting Charleston Southern
Head coach Mike Baker's squad is led by Sophie Cloessner with an 8-2 record in the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Valeria Koussenkova (7-3 spring, 6-2 No. 2) and Filippa Ericson (7-4 spring, 7-4 No. 3) are also consistent contributors in the upper half of the lineup. In doubles, Cloessner and Madalina Man lead the way with an 8-4 record in the No. 1 position. The Buccaneers have topped Longwood (6-1 win), UNC Asheville (5-2 win), Presbyterian (4-3 win) and Gardner-Webb (5-2 win) in Big South play.

Scouting Presbyterian
The Blue Hose have dropped Big South matches to Winthrop (6-1 score), Charleston Southern (4-3 score) and Campbell (7-0 score) so far. The Blue Hose's Beth Taylor is 10-1 in spring singles play and a perfect 8-0 mark in the No. 4 position in head coach Catherine Dunagan's lineup. In doubles, Taylor and her partner Brittany Nuttall have been PC's most successful unit with a 6-2 record in the No. 3 slot.