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Game On Feature: Recap of the Fall Women's Sports Season
During today's LFSN Game On feature Lyndsay Keith and Matthew Byrd look back at the successful seasons that Liberty's women's athletics teams had during the fall.
Today's Game On feature includes interviews with Head Volleyball Coach Shane Pinder, Senior Woman Administrator Erin Hagen, Women's Soccer Assistant Coach Adam Godwin and Head Swimming & Diving Coach Jake Shellenberger, plus an instructional segment on field hockey.
Liberty's volleyball program finished the year with a 23-10 overall record and was the No. 3 seed at the Big South Volleyball Championship following a 10-4 conference record. The Lady Flames were the second-fastest team in the country to reach the 20-win mark in 2014, a win total that was bolstered by a 13-match win streak.
The Lady Flames' field hockey program captured its second NorPac title in as many season, finishing the year with a 14-8 overall record. Liberty faced the toughest schedule in program history and defeated three top 20 ranked teams, including No. 4 Stanford in the title match of the NorPac Tournament. The Lady Flames downed Richmond for the program's first-ever NCAA Play-In game victory before facing No. 1 North Carolina in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship first round.
Women's soccer, fresh off a Big South title in 2013, had another banner season this fall, finishing the year with a 14-4-2 overall record. The Lady Flames posted an 8-1-1 record in conference play and captured the Big South's regular season title behind eight All-Big South performers.
The women's cross country team finished second at the Big South Cross Country Championships, the program's 11th straight top-two finish at the event. Senior Jacy Christiansen was named the Big South Women's Runner of the Year after winning the conference championship 5K race.
Finally, the LFSN Game On crew takes a look at the beginning of the women's swimming and diving season. Lady Flames cracked the national rankings at No. 47 earlier this year and have early season dual meet victories against Campbell, Oregon State, Seattle, James Madison and Richmond.