Oct 28, 2008

Lady Flames coast by Coastal and Charleston Southern

by Brittany Watson

Liberty University’s volleyball team showed its diversity of talent to a season-high crowd of 1,071 Friday evening with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-14, 25-22) against Coastal Carolina as it played without starting outside hitter Nicki Scripko due to an injury.
Although the first set was close, the Lady Flames never trailed. Chelaine McCarty’s winning kill gave Liberty a 25-22 decision. Karyl Bacon, Jessica Nelson, and McCarty each contributing five kills during the opening stanza.

Two long-serving rounds helped give the Lady Flames the victory in set two. Bacon served for five straight points, and Junior Kallie Corbin followed with six consecutive serving points as well, giving Liberty a 19-6 lead. Corbin put a finish to the second set with a kill giving the Lady Flames a 24-14 win. Corbin and Bacon each had four aces.

The Lady Flames had five blocks during set two and were also able to hold the Chanticleers to a .033 attack percentage.
Coastal managed to take the lead at the beginning of the third set but soon lost it as the Liberty went on a 6-1 burst with six kills. The Chanticleers fought hard for a comeback, getting the score to a tie at 19-19. However, the Lady Flames would not relent and took the set and match at 25-22, thanks to back-to-back kills by Bacon.

Nelson hit .625 with five kills during the third and final set.

Outside hitters Bacon and Nelson each had double-doubles for the night. Bacon had a match-high of 14 kills with 11 digs, while Nelson finished with 11 kills, a team-best of 14 digs, and five assists.

McCarty finished the night with 10 kills and a hitting average of .333. Freshman Kelly Haseman contributed 11 digs to the match. Corbin had a match-high of 37 assists, along with four kills, five digs and three blocks.

The Lady Flames recorded a total of six aces for the match, doubling the Chanticleers total.

The Lady Flames improved their record to 19-6 for the year and a 10-1 record in the Big South with Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-13, 26-24) of Charleston Southern in the Vines Center.

Liberty is now ranked first in the Big South Conference as High Point fell to UNC-Asheville on Saturday.

Senior outside hitter Jessica Nelson shone during Saturday’s game as she had her season-high of 15 kills and the 1,000th kill of her career. Nelson now has a total of 1,011 kills and 1,051 digs in her four year career at Liberty. She is the first Lady Flame to post over the 1,000 mark since Asst. Coach Jennifer (Belk) Vaden.

The Flames controlled the pace for the first set as they hit .533, getting kills for all of their first 11 attacks. During a 5-0 surge, Senior Ashley Webber had two kills. Webber also ended the first set with a game- winning kill giving the Lady Flames a 25-18 victory.
Nelson led the team with six kills, while Webber hit 1.000 with four kills during the first stanza.

Charleston Southern took the led in the beginning of the second set racking up six points. However, Liberty pushed through with an 8-1 burst giving them a 10-7 advantage.

Nelson had a pair of aces as she served for six straight points. Bacon then put the finishing touches on the second set with a kill, giving the Lady Flames a 25-13 decision.

Nelson added another five kills to the second set with a .556 attack percentage. Corbin contributed two kills, eight assists and seven digs.

The third set was a nail bitter with 11 ties and five lead changes. Early in the stanza, Charleston Southern took the lead. Liberty held game point at 24-22. However, Charleston Southern tied up the score at 24-24. Nelson had back-to-back kills that ended the set with a 26-24 victory and giving Liberty a 3-0 sweep.

Nelson hit .429 for the match with 15 kills, eight digs and three aces for the match. Bacon had a match-high of 14 digs and contributed seven kills along with McCarty and Webber.

Corbin has an amazing match-high of 34 assists, five kills, two aces, nine digs and three blocks. Haseman contributed nine of her own digs to the match.

Coach Shane Pinder said the girls were excited to come out and play for Homecoming Weekend. They did not except to lose Nicki Scripko for the weekend and had to do some last minute changes to the lineup.

“It was good to see the girls again pull together and respond to the situation and get two great wins.” Coach Pinder said. “There was a total effort by everybody.”

Jessica Nelson felt great about the games this weekend. “Knowing that Nicki wasn’t playing, we all knew it was going to take extra effort from everybody,” Nelson said. “It was good to the see the team play without hesitation.”

When asked about her breaking the 1,000th mark in kills this weekend, Nelson said it felt good. “My dad was here the weekend. It’s nice to have family and people that have cheered for you and supported you your whole life and being able to share that with them.”
The Lady Flames hit the road this week with their first-ever trip to Gardner-Webb. The match is set for Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.


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