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Lady Flames Claim 10th Straight Victory, 3-1 at CSU
The Liberty volleyball team bounced back from a set-one defeat, extending its winning streak to 10 with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-13) win over Charleston Southern on Friday at the Buc Dome.
The start of Friday's match was delayed approximately 40 minutes due to an equipment malfunction at the Buc Dome.
With the win, the Big South Conference-leading Lady Flames improve to 19-5, 6-0 in conference play. Liberty's current 10-match winning streak is the team's longest since winning 10 straight matches in 2012. Charleston Southern falls to 9-15, 0-6 in Big South matches.
Liberty outhit the Buccaneers, .287-141. The Lady Flames led, 10-3, in blocks, 80-69 in digs, and 4-2 in service aces.
Freshman Hannah Weidner paced the Lady Flames with 14 kills, completing for her 18th 10-kill match in a row. Redshirt junior Caroline Douglas recorded her ninth double-double, with 13 kills and as many digs. Junior Jade Vorster registered 10 kills and four blocks. Junior Caila Stapleton had six kills, 41 assists, three aces and 14 digs.
CSU juniors Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston tied for the team lead with 14 kills apiece. Junior Siraya Windsor totaled 12 kills and 18 digs, while classmate Cassidy Greer dished out 47 assists. Redshirt junior Ashley Higginbothem and sophomore Taylor Allman both collected 19 digs.
The Buccaneers jumped out to an 11-5 lead early in set one and still led, 19-15, after a Houston-Klein block. Stapleton then sparked a 4-0 Liberty rally with back-to-back kills. Following four rally points, Parrott scored two consecutive kill to push CSU ahead, 23-21. A Buccaneer error made it 23-22, but CSU converted on Liberty's next two serves to win set one, 25-23.
CSU outhit Liberty, .240-.220, during the opening session. Jade Vorster led all players with six kills in set one, while Houston answered with five kills for the Buccaneers.
Liberty responded, tying the match with a 25-21, set-two victory. With the Lady Flames ahead, 21-17, Douglas sent down a kill and then assisted Jade Vorster with a block for a 23-17 cushion. CSU then went on a 4-1 run, capped by a kill from Parrott. Weidner then sealed the victory with a cross-court winner.
The hosts held a slight, .125-.121 edge in hitting during the second frame. Windsor scored five kills for the Buccaneers, while Weidner had four kills.
The Lady Flames controlled set three from 3-2 on, leading by 10, 21-11 when Weidner sent down a kill. Liberty went on to take a 2-1 match lead by winning the third session, 25-17. Liberty's offense found its stride, hitting .344 compared to .200 for Charleston Southern. McQuitery contributed to three out of the Lady Flames' four blocks. Parrot recorded five kills to pace all players.
The Lady Flames raced to a 25-13 victory during the fourth set, taking the match by a 3-1 score. Liberty converted 15 kills at a .483 pace, while the Buccaneers hit -.025 for the set. Weidner hit .500 with five kills, while Douglas scored on half of her eight attack attempts.
Liberty travels to Conway, S.C., where the Lady Flames will face Coastal Carolina at The HTC Center, tomorrow at 2 p.m. It will be a match between the first and second place teams in the Big South, as Coastal Carolina (15-4, 5-1) trails the Lady Flames by one match.