Flames' DII men's volleyball squad ousts DI team at Lancaster
November 18, 2017 | Lancaster, Pa.
Proving the parity between Liberty University's two men's volleyball teams, the Flames' Division II squad edged the DI unit in a one-game semifinal match, 28-26, highlighting Saturday's Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College Fall Tournament.
Liberty's DI team, which opened the day with a 25-17, 25-15 sweep of Gary Martin's club team, then dominated Cairn (Pa.) University's NCAA Division III program, 25-12, 25-14. Liberty split its match against tournament host LBC, losing the first game, 25-15, before rebounding to win the second, 25-20, and clinching first place in its pool by beating Alvernia's A team.
The Flames' DII squad started pool play by edging a Lancaster Bible College (LBC) alumni team, 28-26, 27-25 before coming up short in a 25-23, 25-18 loss to a club team called "Tank Top." Liberty then defeated Alvernia (Pa.) University's B team, 25-13, 25-15 and LBC's A team to finish second in its pool, setting up the first-round showdown with Liberty's DI lineup.
In the championship, the Flames faced a rematch with "Tank Top" and fell by a 25-18, 25-20 final.
The tournament was the last of the Fall semester for the Flames, who will find out their preseason National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) rankings in the next month before hosting their annual "Midnight Mayhem" matchup in the Vines Center. That will launch Liberty's Spring semester schedule as the Flames prepare to make a run at the East Coast Volleyball Conference (ECVC) regular-season and tournament titles and qualifying for the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships, set for April 11-14 in St. Louis.