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Lady Flames Fall To Men's Club Volleyball Team In Four Games

March 29, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Mary Alice Pike was Liberty's most efficient hitter Thursday evening, posting 16 kills and a .394 attack percentage.

Mary Alice Pike was Liberty's most efficient hitter Thursday evening, posting 16 kills and a .394 attack percentage.

The Liberty Lady Flames volleyball team got off to a fast start Thursday evening in its scrimmage versus the LU men's club team at the Vines Center, controlling the opening game from start to finish. However, the club team came back to win the next three games and take a 3-1 (25-30, 30-22, 34-32, 30-27) decision. 

Jessica Nelson (Jr., OH, Tokyo, Japan), coming back from a leg injury which sidelined her for the entire 2006 season, sparked the Liberty attack in game one. She helped the team hit .308 for the game and lead from start to finish in a 30-25 triumph. 

The club team bounced back to even the match at one game apiece with a 30-22 victory in the second game. The team's offense, orchestrated by setter Bryan Rigg, started to click during game two. 

The third game turned out to be the most competitive of the evening. The Lady Flames came back from a 29-26 deficit to earn two game points of their own. In the end, though, one of the men's team's 10 blocks on the evening lifted them to a 34-32 win and a 2-1 lead. 

The men's club team was able to fend off a number of Liberty rallies in game four, pulling out a 30-27 win in the deciding game. 

Despite the setback, coach Shane Pinder's Lady Flames enjoyed a number of standout individual efforts. Nelson was one of two Liberty outside hitters to record a double-double, finishing with 16 kills and a dozen digs. Alysson Sanders (R-So., OH, Bear, Del.) added 14 kills and 10 digs. 

Mary Alice Pike (Jr., RS, Durham, N.C.) proved to be Liberty's most efficient offensive threat, recording 16 kills and hitting .394. Libero Lara Bartolomeo (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) paced all players with 28 digs, and setter Kallie Corbin (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) totaled 47 assists and a quartet of aces. 

The men's squad, directed by Liberty volunteer assistant Johnathan Willis, placed four players in double figures in the kill column, headed by Sean Pyle's 19 kills. Rigg ended up with 56 assists, while middle hitters Andrew Zweigenbaum and Donald Vas each hit .476 or higher. 

Liberty will conclude its spring competition schedule on April 7, when the Lady Flames travel to VCU for four matches.