The Lady Flames concluded a 4-game home stint with a victory over Lipscomb 74-60. With this most recent win, the Lady Flames improve to 10-14 overall (6-5 ASUN). Liberty’s next two upcoming games are on the road against North Alabama (17-3) and North Florida (10-12).
The preseason 22nd ranked Flames started off their season in Mexico participating in the Puerto Vallarta Challenge. After a tournament-opening 13-3 victory over BYU, Dot Richardson’s ball club hit a rough patch. The Flames lost their final four games to Notre Dame, Duke, No. 16 Baylor, and No. 5 Washington. Their next opportunity to improve on the slow start will be this upcoming weekend as they will play in the Texas A&M Invitational.
The Lady Flames kicked off the 2018-19 season on a positive note by beating Lehigh 15-5. The top scorers of the game were Carly White and Jenna Joyal, who each had three goals. The Flames scored the games first 13 goals and never gave up control of the game. Their next game is February 15 as they travel to Rock Hill, SC to square off against Winthrop.
Liberty’s Men’s Golf team kicked off the spring season in impressive fashion. Last weekend, the Flames participated in the Sea Best Invitational and finished 4th. Junior Ervin Chang was the notable standout of the tournament, finishing second individually with a -3 (137) performance. The teams next competition will be in the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, FL on February 16 and 17.
The season has not gone quite as expected for the Flames so far. Liberty is currently 1-5, but hoping for some success with two upcoming home matches. The Flames will square off against George Washington (Feb. 15) and William and Mary (Feb. 16). Both matches will be at 4:00 PM.
The Lady Flames tennis team is getting into the early stages of their season. With a current 2-3 record, the Flames are looking to improve upon a current two match losing streak. They will have the chance to end the streak with upcoming road matches versus VCU (Feb. 16), Arizona (Feb. 22), and Grand Canyon (Feb. 23) to close out the month of February.
Track and Field
As the season runs its course, a pair of Flames track and field athletes were recognized this past week by the ASUN Conference. Felix Kandie on the mens side was named ASUN Freshman of the Week and Delaney McDowell was named ASUN Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. While this was the first time McDowell was recognized, Kandie is now a two-time Freshman of the Week. The Flames next meet will be at the ASUN Indoor Track Championships on February 22 and 23rd.
Swimming and Diving
The Liberty Women’s Swimming and Diving team are having an incredible season. With an overall record of 15-0, there seems to be no stopping this Flame Train. Last week, freshman Lauren Chennault was named Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Women’s Diver of the Week. She received this honor after posting a program-record 317.85 points in the three meter diving and also set a new program-record in the one meter with 287.10 points. The Lady Flames are now preparing for the 2019 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be on February 20-23 at the Liberty Natatorium.
Liberty baseball is right around the corner! The new-look Flames will start off the new season with a weekend series at South Carolina. In their inaugural season in the ASUN Conference, Liberty is looking to make an immediate impact and stand out in the conference. All three games this weekend can be seen on the SEC Network and can be heard on 1320 AM/93.3 FM. Read our season preview story on Coach Jackson’s squad if you haven’t already done so!