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Tennis, anyone?

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Liberty ladies answer 'yes' as they claim conference title

By Mike Forster

 

 

A nice season got even nicer.

The Liberty girls' tennis team laid claim to the first-ever Conference 30 championship.  Not only that, the duo of Carly Richardson and Morgan Karnes took the title in doubles play.

Their crown was also the first to bear "Conference 30" upon it.

Of course, this is the first year of existence for the conference.  And, what a year for these Liberty ladies.

They took the team title by cruising over Brookville, 6-2.

"We have been focusing on singles strategy because we play singles first and the first five points wins the match," said Liberty Head Coach Kelly Miller.  "Also, we still focus on fundamentals. The girls have to be consistent in their strokes or they will continue to give games away because of unforced errors. That is the what you want to stay away from- better for someone to beat  you than you beat yourself!"

Nobody was going to beat the Minettes this go-round.

In singles play, team leader Carly Richardson lost to Brookville's Lauren Swan at #1: 6-7 (9-11), 6-2, 6-7 (7-9).

But #2, Morgan Karnes, picked up a convincing win, over Jasmine Dearing, 6-3, 6-0  Number three player, Emily Carroll, had nearly as easy a go of things, taking care of Bee Ana Cedillo to the tune of 6-3, 6-2.

Liberty's Leanna Richardson picked up the third individual win, topping Kat Proffitt 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Michelle Cox lost a tough one  to Brookville's Krislyn Page 6-0, 5-7, 3-6 to give the Bees hope.

But Liberty's Anna Tinsley topped Micah Pfau at #6,  6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Liberty really romped in doubles play as Richardson/Karnes defeated Swan/Dearing 6-2, 6-3

Carroll/L. Richardson then put a whitewashing on  Cedillo/Taylor Allen 6-0, 6-0 as an exclamation point.

In the doubles championship, held at Heritage, Richardson and Karnes defeated Swan/Dearing 6-0, 7-6 (8-6).

"They are very excited," said Miller of the dynamic duo.