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Lady Flames to Host CSU, Coastal on Weekend
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The Liberty volleyball team (3-15, 2-3 Big South) returns to the Vines Center for a pair of Big South contests. The Lady Flames host Charleston Southern (5-15, 0-5) on Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on Coastal Carolina (10-8, 3-2) at noon, Saturday in a rematch of the 2012 Big South Volleyball Championship final.
Liberty will be celebrating Parent's Weekend with a small ceremony prior to Friday night's match. Saturday's match is part of Liberty's Homecoming festivities, which also include a parade and Liberty's football game against nationally ranked Coastal Carolina.
Liberty at a Glance
Liberty split a pair of road matches last week, downing Campbell, 3-1, on Friday for its first road win of the season, before sustaining a 3-0 setback at High Point, Saturday. The Lady Flames hit .266 at Campbell, and outblocked High Point, 8-4.
Liberty leads the conference in blocking, both overall (2.32 blocks per set) and in conference play (2.61 bps). Also, in Big South play, the Lady Flames rank third in both hitting percentage (.216) and opponents' hitting percentage (.176).
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats and live video will be available for both of this week's matches, through links on LibertyFlames.com. Each of this weekend's home matches can be viewed through free live video streaming via the Big South Network, with Ray Jones on play-by-play and Erin McKeown providing analysis.
Week in Review
Liberty split a pair of away matches last week, beginning with a 3-1 victory at Campbell on Friday and ending with a 3-0 setback at High Point, Saturday.
The Lady Flames' win at Campbell was their first road victory of the season, and saw Liberty post its third-highest hitting percentage of the season, .266. Liberty also set a season high with seven aces against the Camels, including a career-high three from freshman Susan Babcock.
Own the Net
The Lady Flames have outblocked all five of their conference opponents this season, averaging a league-best 2.61 blocks per set in Big South play. Liberty also paces the league with 2.32 blocks per set overall.
Freshman Nzea McQuitery ranks second with 1.17 blocks per set during Big South matches, while redshirt senior Kendle Rollins is fifth with 1.03 blocks per set overall.
Rollins is ranked fifth in program history with 370 career blocks. Rollins needs 30 more blocks to become the 17th player in Big South history with 400 blocks. Jade Craycraft, with 263 career blocks, holds Liberty's record for most blocks by a primary setter.
Sophomore Allie Reynolds collected 22 digs on Friday at Campbell, her second 20-dig match in 2013. Junior Gabrielle Shipe has also posted two 20-dig matches this year.
The last time that two Lady Flames had recorded multiple 20-dig matches in the same campaign was 2010, when Kelly Haseman registered 20 digs on 12 occasions and Karyl Bacon totaled two 20-dig contests.
One additional Lady Flame on the current roster, Lillie Happel, has one 20-dig match to her credit, recording a career-high 23 digs on Nov. 12, 2011 at UNC Asheville.
Craycraft Collecting Awards
Senior setter Jade Craycraft is a three-time all-conference selection, joining Anthonia Akpama (1996-99) and Kallie Corbin (2006-09) as the only Lady Flames to be named All-Big South in each of their first three seasons of collegiate eligibility.
She added a pair of weekly honors, Oct. 7, being named both the Big South Volleyball Player of the Week and ECAC Division I Volleyball Player of the Week, after recording back-to-back triple-doubles during the previous week.
Craycraft became the first Lady Flame since Corbin in 2006 to post consecutive triple-doubles. She is also the only Big South player to record a triple-double this season.
12th for #12
Lillie Happel, whose jersey number is 12, is currently ranked 12th in program history with 1,113 career kills, after passing Jessica Nelson (2004-08) on Saturday. Happel's former teammate, Karyl Bacon (2007-10) is ranked 11th all-time at Liberty with 1,155 career kills, while current Liberty assistant coach Rebecca Rudnick is 10th, with 1,164 kills. Jennifer (Belk) Vaden, Liberty assistant coach, sits in third with 1,789 career kills.
Lillie Happel recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week, and has registered five double-doubles this season. With 31 career double-doubles, Happel holds the team lead among active players, one ahead of Jade Craycraft's 30.
For the season, Craycraft has posted six double-doubles, including in five straight matches, from Sept. 21 through Oct. 5. She is the first Lady Flame since Karyl Bacon in 2010 to register five consecutive double-doubles.
Climbing the Charts
A pair of Lady Flames is closing in on the 1,000-career dig milestone. Gabrielle Shipe has collected 956 career digs, while Lillie Happel has posted 905 digs. Shipe is on pace to become the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs.
Happel has already reached 1,000 career kills, and needs 95 more digs to become the 12th member of Liberty's 1,000/1,000 club. The last Lady Flame to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs was Karyl Bacon (2007-10), who finished with 1,115 kills and 1,472 digs.
Liberty vs. Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern (5-15, 0-5 Big South) enters the weekend in search of its first Big South victory. Senior Erin LaVenice ranks first in the Big South with a .392 attack percentage in conference play, and is third in the conference overall rankings with 1.06 blocks per set. Katrina Houston averages 2.88 kills per set, and has served up a team-best 18 aces. Cassidy Greer dishes out 8.15 assists per set, while Maggie Murphy contributes 3.24 digs per set.
First-year CSU head coach Christy Mooberry is 107-109 in six seasons as a collegiate head coach, as she has also coached at Montreat and Union.
Liberty is 35-4 all-time against Charleston Southern, including 17-1 under Pinder. The Lady Flames have won each of the last 12 matches between the teams, with Charleston Southern's last win over Liberty coming Oct. 21, 2006 in Charleston.
Last season, Liberty won both meetings with the Buccaneers. The Lady Flames rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down CSU, 3-2, on Oct. 12, 2012 in Charleston. Top-seeded Liberty then swept No. 8 seed Charleston Southern, 3-0, on Nov. 15, 2012 during the first round of the Big South Volleyball Championship.
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina (10-8, 3-2) was predicted to place second, behind Liberty, in the Big South this season. The Chanticleers defeated Georgia Tech of the ACC in the non-conference schedule. Coastal leads the Big South with 1.55 aces per set, and is second with a .209 attack percentage. Kindra Bailey hits .356 to lead the Big South, while Gabriella Horvath paces Coastal with 2.66 kills per set. Lauren Alejo averages 8.79 assists per set, and Lindsay Gill collects 4.25 digs per set.
Second-year head coach Jozsef Forman is 24-22 at Coastal Carolina, and is 82-61 as a collegiate head coach. Forman spent 2007-09 as head coach at New Orleans.
Liberty holds a 31-18 record in the all-time series against Coastal Carolina. The Lady Flames had posted 11 straight regular-season wins over the Chanticleers before falling at Coastal, 3-1, Oct. 13, 2012.
The Lady Flames split a pair of meetings with Coastal Carolina last season, dropping a 3-1 decision in Conway, S.C., Oct. 13, 2012. Liberty then captured its seventh Big South title with a 3-1 victory over the Chanticleers in the Big South Volleyball Championship final match on Nov. 18, 2012 in Boiling Springs, N.C.