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Lady Flames Down Campbell, 3-1, Score 1st Road Win
Liberty evened its Big South record at 2-2 with a 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-13, 25-22) victory at Campbell, Friday night.
With the win, the Lady Flames' first victory away from Lynchburg this season, Liberty improves to 3-14, including 2-2 in Big South play. The Lady Flames also handed Campbell (11-9, 2-2) its first home loss in six matches at the Pope Center this season.
Liberty outhit Campbell, .266-.128, on the match. The Lady Flames also held a 7-6 edge in aces, and led 9-6, in blocks and 71-63 in digs.
Senior Lillie Happel and freshman Nzea McQuitery tied for Liberty's team lead, with 11 kills apiece. McQuitery hit .476 and added five blocks, while Happel collected 11 digs for a double-double. Sophomore Allie Reynolds totaled a match-high 22 digs, and senior Becca Haraf registered 12 digs. Senior Jade Craycraft recorded 33 assists, while freshman Susan Babcock served up three aces in addition to four blocks. Junior Gabrielle Shipe had two aces and nine digs.
For Campbell, redshirt sophomore Alexis Hein recorded a match-high 12 kills, while senior Lindsey Coats chipped in with 11 kills. Heather Wilson led all players with 38 assists, while sophomores Katelyn Layden, Lauren Bewick and Mary Crema collected 14 digs apiece.
Liberty raced to a 25-14 set-one victory, outhitting Campbell, .345-.105 during the opening frame while also serving up three aces. The Lady Flames built a quick, 11-5, advantage and never looked back. McQuitery led Liberty with three kills in the first set, while Coats and Groen had three kills apiece for Campbell.
The Camels led for the majority of set two. Happel brought the Lady Flames to within two, 14-12, with a kill. After a kill and an ace by Hein, a McQuitery-Craycraft block narrowed the deficit to 16-13. Campbell then went on a 6-1 run, pulling away for the 25-18 victory to tie the match, 1-1.
Campbell hit .277 during the second set, compared to .235 for the Lady Flames. Liberty posted three blocks, with Babcock assisting on two rejections. Hein and Coats both sent down four kills for the Camels.
The Lady Flames led set three, 12-10, after Hein sent down a kill. Liberty then scored the next five points, breaking open a tight contest while outscoring Campbell, 13-2, on the way to a 25-12 set win and 2-1 match advantage.
Liberty scored at a .393 pace in the third set, while Campbell hit -.033. Happel totaled five kills for the Lady Flames during the third stanza.
Campbell held an early 10-6 lead during set four, before the Lady Flames scored a 6-0 run to take the lead, 12-10. Liberty led, 15-12, following a Craycraft-McQuitery block. The hosts then rallied to tie the score at 16-all, and then 18-18. After Haley Jeffcoat gave Liberty a 21-19 cushion with a kill, four rally points ensued. McQuitery later scored the set- and match-clinching kill, 25-22.
Both teams played strong defense in set four, with Liberty outblocking the Camels, 4-3. McQuitery recorded three kills and three blocks, while Hein totaled four kills for Campbell.
Liberty remains on the road, and will play at High Point, tomorrow at 2 p.m. inside the Millis Center. The last meeting between the Lady Flames and Panthers ended in a 3-2 Liberty victory, Nov. 2, 2012.