Lady Pirates Edge Liberty, Move To 8-2
March 1, 2011
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Sophomore Petra Vogel fought back back from a first-set deficit to record a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Hannah Fick in a No. 2 singles match and lift East Carolina to a 4-3 non-conference win over Liberty Tuesday afternoon at the LU Tennis Courts.
The triumph was the Lady Pirates' third-straight and improved their spring dual match record to 8-2. Liberty fell to 4-5 after its home-opening loss.
After East Carolina tallied the doubles point, the Lady Pirates extended their lead to 3-0 on straight-set victories by Natalie Collins and Audrey LePottier at the No. 3 and No. 4 slots. Collins downed Cameron Richard 6-2, 7-5 while LePottier earned a 7-5, 6-4 decision against Alexandra Sheeran before the Flames rallied back with three-set wins of their own in the No. 6, No. 1 and No. 5 positions. Annisha Domenech defeated Manon Bissat 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 and Jordan Jenkinks dismissed Jessica Cook 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, before Carol Lobel outlasted Neena Wanko 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to even the score and set up Vogel's match-clincher.
The freshman tandem of Bissat and Wanko provided ECU with a deciding doubles point after an 8-6 decision over Fick and Rebekah Jenkins in a No. 3 matchup. Liberty's No. 1 pair, Jenkins and Richard, took the opener against Cook and LePottier 8-3 before Collins and Vogel toppled Lobel and Sheeran 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
East Carolina will return to action Friday when it travels to Elon to meet the Phoenix in a non-conference match scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
EAST CAROLINA 4, LIBERTY 3