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Liberty Races to 3-0 Victory Over Coastal Carolina

October 19, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Redshirt sophomore Caroline Douglas recorded a match-high 11 kills on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.

A triple-double from senior Jade Craycraft and 11 kills from redshirt sophomore Caroline Douglas helped Liberty sweep visiting Coastal Carolina, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21) on Saturday in front of 1,003 fans at the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames are now 5-15, including 4-3 in Big South play, halfway through the conference schedule. The Chanticleers fall to 11-9, with a 4-3 Big South record, after having a three-match winning streak snapped. Liberty won for the second night in a row, after sweeping Charleston Southern on Friday night.

With the win, 10th-year head coach Shane Pinder became the third volleyball coach in Big South history to record 100 career regular-season conference victories. His teams have gone 100-37 (.730) in Big South play.

For the match, the Lady Flames hit .283, while Coastal Carolina posted a .104 attack percentage. Liberty outdug the Chanticleers, 35-26, but the visitors held a 6-5 edge in aces and led, 11-3, in blocks.

Craycraft recorded her third triple-double of the season, and fourth of her career, with 10 kills, 30 assists and 11 digs. She is now ranked fifth in program history with 3,831 career assists, passing Laura Miller (1990-92). Douglas, in her first extended playing time of the season, scored 11 kills at a .364 pace. Senior Lillie Happel posted eight kills, while junior Gabrielle Shipe collected 11 digs and added two aces.

Kindra Bailey led Coastal with nine kills and six blocks, while Gabriella Horvath served up a match-high three aces.

The Lady Flames used a strong hitting performance to gain an early 21-13 advantage in set one. A Happel kill then put Liberty on top, 22-15, before Eszter Nagy recorded a kill and an ace during a 4-0 Coastal run. Craycaft quelled the visitors' rally with a kill, 23-19, before Liberty clinched the opening frame, 25-20.

Liberty outhit Coastal, .464-.188, during the first set, getting four kills each from Nzea McQuitery and Douglas. Nagy countered with five kills for the Chanticleers.

The visitors held a 17-14 lead midway through set two after a kill from Lian Bernett. Craycraft then scored a pair of kills, sparking a six-point surge by the Lady Flames. After Coastal trimmed the margin to two, 20-18, Douglas and Rollins both connected for a pair of kills and Liberty won the second session, 25-20.

Coastal Carolina picked up its blocking game in the second set, registering four blocks. The Lady Flames still managed to hit .314, compared to .105 for the Chanticleers. Nagy recorded two solo blocks, and Kendle Rollins scored five kills for Liberty.

The Chanticleers' fifth block of set three made it 18-17, Lady Flames. Following three rally points, Rollins served up an ace for a 21-18 lead, and a Happel-McQuitery block increased the lead to four. Horvath then registered a kill, but it was not enough, as Liberty secured the sweep, 3-0, with a 25-21 set-three win.

Both teams hit below .100 during the final frame, with Coastal posting five blocks and Liberty totaling two rejections. The Chanticleers' Bailey registered four blocks in set three.

Liberty next heads on the road for a weekend trip to South Carolina. The Lady Flames will play at Presbyterian College on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., at 2 p.m., Saturday.