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Lady Flames Spring Into Action
The Liberty Lady Flames volleyball team kicked off its spring season on Saturday with a 3-1 finish against St. Francis, UNC Greensboro, William & Mary and Georgetown in the Wahoo Spring Fling volleyball tournament at the University of Virginia.
The team faced St. Francis first, comfortably taking the match in two games with scores of 30-23 and 30-15. The Lady Flames then took the court against the Spartans of UNC Greensboro. Once again, Liberty controlled the match throughout, holding the lead the entire first game and pulling ahead early in the second game to finish with scores of 30-25 and 30-20.
Liberty continued its winning ways in the first game against William & Mary, 30-27, but the Tribe finally doused the Lady Flames in the following two games, 28-30 and 13-15, respectively.
Bouncing back, Liberty pulled out another 2-0 victory against Georgetown to close out the day. The Lady Flames' offense was boosted by sophomore middle blocker Ashley Webber, who posted an impressive .750 attack percentage against St. Francis, and junior outside hitter Jessica Nelson, who returned to play after missing the entire 2006 season due to injury.
After weeks of hard work in spring practice, the Lady Flames' efforts are paying off. "You are not sure where you are at until you compete against other teams. I was extremely proud of the girls," said head coach Shane Pinder. "We played consistently all day long."
The Lady Flames will continue their spring season with a scrimmage against the Liberty men's club volleyball team, Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Vines Center. The scrimmage is open to the public and is free of charge.