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Lady Flames Fall at West Virginia, 3-0
The host West Virginia Mountaineers recorded a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-15) win over visiting Liberty on Friday to open the WVU Gold and Blue Players Challenge at WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia improved its record to 11-1 on the season, while the Lady Flames are now 1-10 in 2013 after falling for the seventh straight match.
The Mountaineers outhit Liberty, .245-.030, despite the Lady Flames holding a 9-6 advantage in blocks. West Virginia also led in digs, 49-36.
Sophomore Haley Jeffcoat recorded five kills and led Liberty with a career-high 10 digs, while classmate Monica Johnson posted five kills and four blocks. Redshirt senior Kendle Rollins had five blocks, while sophomore Allie Reynolds registered eight digs.
West Virginia freshman Jordan Anderson tallied a match-high 11 kills, and sophomore Caleah Wells had eight kills. Anna Panagiotakopoulos, a sophomore, collected 13 digs, while sophomore Brittany Sample dished out 30 assists.
Jeffcoat scored a pair of kills to help the Lady Flames build an early 5-4 lead during the opening frame, before WVU responded with a 12-7 run, capped by a Wells kill which made it 16-12, Mountaineers. Craycraft then posted a solo block, slicing the deficit to 16-13. West Virginia pulled away for a 25-18 set-one victory, with Wells providing the set-clinching kill.
West Virginia hit .333 during set one, compared to .167 for the Lady Flames, although the Lady Flames held a 4-3 edge in blocks. Wells led all players in the opening set with six kills.
The Mountaineers stormed out to a 17-6 advantage during the second session. Liberty responded by scoring eight unanswered points, getting two aces from Caila Stapleton and three team blocks to trim the deficit to 17-14. WVU closed to the finish, winning set two, 25-17.
West Virginia outhit Liberty, .171 to -.074, with the Lady Flames adding three blocks. Anderson connected for eight kills, while Liberty's Rollins totaled three block assists.
Trailing, 10-7, early in the third set, Babcock sent down a kill, followed by a Rollins-Johnson combination block, pulling Liberty to within one. WVU then reeled off four points in a row, and Hannah Sackett later recorded back-to-back kills, boosting the hosts' lead to 21-12. A Jeffcoat kill sparked a three-point Liberty run, but WVU sealed set three, 25-15, to gain the sweep.
West Virginia posted a .250 set-three hitting percentage, while Liberty committed as many errors as kills.
Liberty will face former Big South opponent UMBC tomorrow at 1 p.m. to finish its participation at the WVU Gold and Blue Players Challenge. The Lady Flames and Retrievers will meet for the first time since Sept. 11, 1999.