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Liberty Drops 3-0 Decision at Duke
The host Duke Blue Devils recorded a 3-0 victory (25-10, 25-19, 25-21) over the visiting Liberty Lady Flames, Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke improved its record to 5-2 on the season with its win over Liberty, to open both teams' participation at the 2013 Duke Invitational. The Lady Flames are now 1-7 after sustaining their fourth consecutive defeat.
The Blue Devils sent down 53 kills at a .333 pace, compared to 28 kills at .117 for the Lady Flames. Duke also held a 59-28 advantage in digs, while Liberty led, 8-5, in blocks.
Liberty's Kendle Rollins, a redshirt senior, posted a match-high five blocks (two solo, three assisted), in addition to five kills. Senior Lillie Happel led Liberty with six kills, while fellow senior Jade Craycraft dished out a team-high 20 assists. Senior Becca Haraf and sophomore Allie Reynolds tied for the team lead with seven digs apiece.
Duke junior Jeme Obeime hit .722 and led all players with 13 kills, followed by 12 kills from sophomore Emily Sklar. Senior Ali McCurdy collected a match-high 16 digs and junior Maggie Deichmeister recorded a double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs.
The Blue Devils raced out to a 1-0 match lead, downing the Lady Flames, 25-10, in set one. After holding an early 7-3 lead, Duke ended the set on an 18-7 run. Duke hit .433 during the opening frame, while Liberty hit .000 with seven kills and as many errors. Sklar recorded five kills in the opening set to pace all players.
During set two, Liberty's blocking defense helped the Lady Flames stay close. The visitors trailed, 16-14, after a solo block and kill from Happel. Duke then built a 20-16 lead, before six rally points ensued. After Rollins' second kill of the set, the Blue Devils closed out the second set, scoring the final three points for a 25-19 win and 2-0 lead in the match.
Duke outhit Liberty, .438-.241, in set two, although the Lady Flames posted four blocks. Obeime scored a kill on each of her six attempts in the middle stanza, while Happel hit 4-0-9 for Liberty.
The hosts jumped out to a 16-8 lead to begin set three, posting three early blocks and getting four kills from Sklar. Rollins spurred a 6-0 Lady Flames run, scoring a kill and three blocks, with the last two assisted by Susan Babcock. Following five rally points, a Duke error left the score, 19-18, in favor of the Blue Devils. Obeime then scored back-to-back kills, sparking a 6-3 Duke rally, as Duke sealed the match victory.
Liberty held the Blue Devils to a .204 hitting percentage in the final set, thanks in part to four blocks. Rollins factored in on all four Lady Flames blocks in set three.
Liberty will next face South Carolina of the SEC later today, at 5 p.m. inside Cameron Indoor Stadium to continue play at the Duke Invitational.