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Lady Flames Top Campbell, 3-0, Run Winning Streak to 7
|Junior Jade Vorster tied her season high with nine blocks on Friday, giving her an even 100 blocks on the season.|
On the strength of a season-best .355 hitting percentage and 13 blocks, Liberty swept the visiting Campbell Camels, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-19), on Friday at the Vines Center.
The Lady Flames (16-5), currently riding a seven-match winning streak, sit atop the Big South Conference standings at 4-0 in league play. Campbell's record stands at 10-9, with an even 2-2 conference mark.
Prior to Friday's match, Liberty honored 11th year head coach Shane Pinder, who became the winningest coach in program history with a 3-0 sweep at Gardner-Webb, last Friday. Pinder then became the fourth volleyball coach in Big South history with 200 or more wins, last Saturday at UNC Asheville.
Liberty outhit Campbell, .355-.139, while holding a 13-2 advantage in blocks and leading, 49-32 in digs and 3-0 in service aces.
Redshirt junior Caroline Douglas led all players with 16 kills (.406) and 13 digs, good for her sixth double-double of the season. Junior Jade Vorster posted a match-high nine blocks, tying her season high and giving her an even 100 blocks on the season. Freshman Hannah Weidner scored 10 kills, marking the 14th straight match that Weidner and Douglas have both contributed 10 or more kills.
Liberty junior Caila Stapleton dished out a match-high 41 assists to go along with eight digs. Senior Gabrielle Shipe collected 10 digs, while freshman Sirena Vorster recorded six kills and three blocks.
Freshman McKenzie Fell paced the Camels with nine kills, hitting .500, while redshirt junior Alexis Hein recorded eight kills. Freshman Summer Schuitema dished out a team-best 24 assists.
Set one went back and forth, with 11 ties and four lead changes. After Liberty turned a 12-11 deficit into a 19-17 lead, Campbell called a timeout. Groen then sent down a kill, the first of eight straight sideouts. A Weidner kill gave Liberty a 23-21 lead, and Campbell committed two late errors, producing the 25-22 final in the Lady Flames' favor.
Liberty held a .242-.179 advantage in hitting percentage during the opening set. Douglas led all players with five kills, followed by Campbell's Layden with four.
The Lady Flames' blocking game and efficient offense made a big impact during the middle frame, as Liberty hit .517 for the set and registered six blocks. Liberty held the Camels to a .095 hitting percentage in the second set. With the score tied, 9-9, the hosts went on an 11-1 run to double Campbell's score, 20-10, on the way to a 25-14 victory.
Douglas recorded seven set-two kills, while teammate Weidner added six kills. Hein totaled five kills, while Liberty's Jade Vorster posted four blocks.
The third stanza remained tightly contested until the middle stages, at 15-14. The Lady Flames then staged an 8-2 run to gain separation, at 23-16. Campbell twice drew to within six points, but got no closer as Liberty completed the sweep, 25-19.
Liberty outhit Campbell, .323-.147, during the final frame, as the Lady Flames added four blocks to their total.
The Lady Flames host High Point tomorrow at the Vines Center, with first serve scheduled for 2 p.m.