Liberty 7, Chicago State 0
The Liberty women's tennis team posted its third straight win away from Lynchburg, Wednesday, defeating Chicago State, 7-0.
The Lady Flames are now 4-9, while Chicago State falls to 2-12.
Liberty opened the morning match by securing the doubles point, taking two of the three matches. Nicola Wellman and Jessie Boda eased through their No. 3 match against Mia and Mysta Townsell, winning 8-0. Carol Lobel and Rebekah Jenkins ground out a tough win in the No. 2 match, which moved into a tiebreaker as both teams were knotted at eight. The Liberty tandem took the breaker convincingly, 7-2, over Karyn Emeralda and Ruta Grinvalde to claim the doubles point and the 1-0 lead.
In singles, the Lady Flames moved through the matches easily, taking six straight-set victories.
Lobel didn't give up a game in her No. 6 match, blanking Mia Townsell, 6-0, 6-0. Wellman, playing in her home state of Florida, only dropped one game in the No. 4 match, defeating Grinvalde, 6-1, 6-0.
Two more Floridians had strong showings, as Jenkins and Domenech cruised in their No. 3 and No. 5 matches, respectively, each picking up their third straight singles win. Jenkins defeated Emeralda, 6-2, 6-1, while Domenech downed Mysta Townsell, 6-0, 6-2.
Liberty also took the lead pair of matches to pick of the 7-0 sweep over the Cougars. Richard earned her first win at No. 1 this season. Brittany Yang was pressured in the second set of her No. 2 match, but earned the win in a tiebreak, 6-0, 7-6 (3).
The Lady Flames were slated to finish their Florida play tonight against Bethune-Cookman, however the match has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict. Bethune-Cookman's afternoon match ran longer than expected, and Liberty is slated to leave the state tomorrow.
Liberty's next match will now take place on Friday, when they face off with Charleston Southern. The Big South meeting is being made up from a postponement earlier in the year.
Charleston Southern 7, Rutgers 0
The Charleston Southern tennis team picked up its fourth straight win with a 7-0 triumph over Rutgers on Wednesday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.
CSU posted straight set victories in five of the six singles matches, with the other going in favor of Angelica Sidorenko (7-6, 2-1) before the match was called due to rain and lightning in the area. Marija Dzakovic and Yvonne Hubler continued to pace the Bucs, running their records to 7-1 on the year. Dzakovic dismissed the Scarlet Knights' Stefania Balasa, 6-2, 6-1, while Hubler posted a 6-1, 6-4 win over RU's Morgan Ivey, a Mt. Pleasant native.
Olga Makhova once again did the job at the top singles spot, downing the Knights' Vanessa Petrini, 6-1, 6-3. Alexandra Walters and Alia Nour, meanwhile, showcased the Bucs' depth yet again with wins out of the number five and six singles slots. Walters now stands at a perfect 8-0 in singles matches this season to lead the team.
RU was able to register a 8-4 win at number one doubles behind Petrini and Jennifer Holzberg, but CSU took the other two doubles matches. Hubler and Walters prevailed, 9-7, while Nour and Sidorenko teamed for an 8-5 win.
CSU returns to Big South action Friday at 2:00pm when it hosts Liberty. The Flames enter at 3-9 but have won each of their last two matches. The Bucs dropped a tough 4-3 match to Liberty in Lynchburg last season, but enjoyed a 6-1 victory in 2010.
UNC Asheville 4, Western Carolina 3
UNC Asheville lost the doubles point but rallied for four singles victories to edge Western Carolina 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (5-8) got a clutch three-set victory by Emily McNall at #1 singles and dominated in the bottom of the line-up to earn their fifth victory of the seaosn. Jenna Dodge, Devon Cavanaugh and Amie Cloer won in straight sets with Cavanaugh and Cloer winning their matches without losing a game.
Asheville hosts Winthrop in a key Big South Conference contest on March 18 at 1:00pm at the ARC.