The Vols took the doubles point and won at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles to secure the overall match victory.
With the setback, the Lady Flames drop to 2-3 on the season. UT improves to 9-1 with the victory after also defeating Indiana, Sunday morning.
Tennessee's top pairing of Brittany Lindl and Eve Repic defeated Liberty's Rebekah Anderson and Aleksandra Panchenko, 6-1. The home side clinched the doubles point in the No. 3 match, as Ashley Bongart and Ariadna Riley bested Mariely Hassey and Emily Groeneveld, 6-1.
No. 69 Lindl extended UT's lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Panchenko in the No. 2 position. Sadie Hammond got the home side a point closer to clinching the overall match with a straight-sets victory over Anderson (6-1, 6-1).
|Liberty suffered a 4-0 setback at Tennessee, Sunday afternoon, at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.|
"This was definitely a learning experience for us. We played a very good team that forced us to raise our games," said Liberty Head Women's Tennis Coach Jeff Maren. "Unfortunately, we didn't raise our games enough, but we saw several areas that we need to address before our next match. Our effort was there, and our fight was there. We'll look at this weekend as a blessing for our team as the season progresses towards April."
The Lady Flames (2-3, 1-0 BSC) return to their home courts on Wednesday. Liberty will host Big South foe Radford (0-4, 0-0 BSC) at 2 p.m. at either the Crosswhite Athletic Club or their home facility, the Cook Tennis Center, depending on the forecasted weather.