Oct 14, 2008

600th victory sets stage for showdown with HPU

by Brittany Watson

Liberty’s volleyball team racked up the 600th victory in the program’s history with its double 3-0 sweep of Presbyterian on Friday and UNC Asheville on Saturday in the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames improved their Big South record to 5-0 Friday evening with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-14) sweep over Presbyterian. Liberty hit an average of .333 and racked up 10 blocks throughout the match.

The first set was the closest, with the score being tied four times and neither team leading by more than four points. Senior Ashley Webber’s kill and block assist gave the Lady Flames the push they needed to put them ahead for good. Sophomore Nicki Scripko put an end to the first set with two final blocks that gave Liberty a 25-21 win.

Serving played the main role in set two, with both teams each having a rally. Presbyterian started out on a surge that gave it an 11-6 advantage. Junior Chelaine McCarty quickly put an end to the Blue Hose’s lead, serving for 11 consecutive points, two of which were aces. Along with Scripko’s seventh kill, the Lady Flames finished set two with a 25-15 victory.

Scripko hit .500 in set two, while red-shirted Brittany Pacella hit .600 and tallied up three kills. Overall the team hit .355 and limited Presbyterian to a .074 attack percentage.

The Blue Hose came out fighting in the third set with a 4-0 surge and kept the lead until 11-10. The Lady Flames took the lead once freshman Rebecca Warren stepped up to serve. Warren pushed the Lady Flames ahead four points.
Jessica Nelson’s serving helped give Liberty seven consecutive points, three of which were McCarty’s kills. Scripko hit the set winning kill again ended the set with a 25-14 decision.

The Lady Flames had a match-high hitting percentage of .387 during set three. Setter Kallie Corbin shined during set three with a hitting percentage of 1.000 along with four assists, five kills, an ace and two blocks. Webber had a hand in four of the Lady Flames six blocks.

Scripko tallied up 13 kills while sophomore Karyl Bacon finished with 13 digs. McCarty had a season high of three aces and hit .316 with nine kills.

Coach Shane Pinder said the girls really controlled the game and were able to match the other team’s energy. As a whole, the Lady Flames “make teams beat them.”

“It was nice to take control at home and see a lot of people step up,” Jessica Nelson said.

Liberty moved up to a first place tie in the Big South with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-20) sweep of UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon. The Lady Flames are now 6-0 in the conference and tied with High Point for first place.

The Lady Flames led 6-4 in set one before Bacon stepped up to serve, sending Liberty on a nine-consecutive point surge. The Lady

Flames quickly put an end to the first set with a 25-9 victory over the Bulldogs.

Nelson contributed five kills, while McCarty added four of her own during set one.

The score was tied four times early in set two, before the Lady Flames took the lead for good with four straight points. Set two ended with a 25-17 victory for Liberty.

As a team, Liberty notched four aces and five blocks. Scripko had a hand in each, with two aces and two blocks.

Bacon started another service run in the third set that helped the Lady Flames take control of the Bulldogs. UNC Asheville tried to comeback with the score at 11-5 bringing it up to 22-19. Liberty did not give up the lead, however, and ended the match with a 25-20 victory in set three.

Bacon finished strong with six kills, four digs and two aces just in the third set. Webber contributed four kills of her own.

Nelson finished in the double digits with 11 kills and an attack percentage of .348 and nine digs. McCarty added nine kills of her own and hit .375 during the match.

Bacon and Webber each had six kills, and Bacon had the team best of 11 digs and three aces.

Setter Kallie Corbin had a match-high of 26 assists, nine digs and three kills.

Coach Shane Pinder said that it felt great to come away with a win against Radford (last Tuesday) and play at home with a great crowd. Coach Pinder felt that everyone was focused and didn’t panic during the matches.

“It was really awesome to get a win at home with a great crowd,” Chelaine McCarty said.

Karyl Bacon “can’t wait to take on High Point on Tuesday” and wants to encourage as many fans as possible to come to the showdown.

Liberty will face High Point on Tuesday in a matchup of top Big South squads.. The match will be held in the Vines Center at 7 p.m.



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