LYNCHBURG, Va. - Charleston Southern's 14-match winning streak came to an end on Friday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell to host Liberty at the Cook Tennis Center, 4-3.
The Bucs (14-2, 6-1) fell for the first time since their season-opening match on February 9 against UNC Wilmington. Liberty (11-11, 7-1) took the doubles point and singles wins on courts 2, 3, and 6, to complete the win.
CSU continues the season on Saturday afternoon at the Lancer Courts as the Bucs travel to Longwood for the regular season and conference finale for both teams. The Bucs will need a win to finish tied for the conference regular season championship for the third time in the last four seasons.
Liberty took the first two doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead. The duo of Mariely Hassey and Emily Groeneveld topped CSU's Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner on court no. 3, 6-3. LU's Rebekah Anderson and Eugenia Camacho topped CSU's Sophie Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke on court no. 1, 6-3, to secure the point for the Flames.
The Flames took the 2-0 advantage following Dollar's straight set 6-1, 6-3 win on court no. 3 over Cooper.
CSU got on the board on court no. 5 as Koussenkova topped Hassey in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Koerner followed soon after with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Groeneveld on court no. 4 to even the match at 2-2.
The final three matches went to three sets with the Flames taking the wins on courts 2 and 6 to secure the match win.
Crist topped CSU's Luecke in a three-set decision on court no. 2, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to put the Flames ahead 3-2 in the match. Camacho rallied back to top Morar on court no. 6, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, to secure the Liberty victory.
Cloessner concluded the match with the Bucs' final point on court no. 1 with a 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) win over Anderson.