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Webber Leads Liberty Past Host Wright State
The Lady Flames, who had lost four of their last five matches entering Saturday's contest, matched a season high with 10 blocks against the Raiders. As a result, Liberty was able to level its season record at 4-4, while Wright State dropped to 2-8.
Liberty trailed the home team, 10-9, in the opening game, before running off seven of the next eight points to seize control of the contest, 16-11. Mary Alice Pike (Sr., RS, Durham, N.C.), making her first start of the season, served for four of the Lady Flames' points during the decisive burst.
Wright State trimmed the deficit to 25-23, but Liberty was able to end game one with five-consecutive points. Three came courtesy of Jessica Nelson (R-Jr., OH, Tokyo, Japan), and Chelaine McCarty (So., MB, Houston, Ala.) served up an ace to give Liberty a 30-23 victory in game one.
Liberty never trailed during the second game, after rolling to a 6-0 lead on Kallie Corbin's (So., S, Beaverton, Ore.) serve. Corbin recorded one of her match-high four aces during the game-opening run. The setter later provided the winning point of the Lady Flames' 30-27 triumph with a kill.
The Raiders got back into the match in game three, with significant assistance from Tara Geegan. After Webber (Lakeside, Calif.) scored the game's first point with a kill, Geegan notched three-straight kills for Wright State. The host squad never trailed again during the game. Geegan totaled seven of her 12 kills during the 30-26 Wright State win.
Liberty returned to form in the fourth game, behind stellar play from middle blockers Webber and McCarty. Corbin served for five-consecutive points halfway through the game, increasing the Lady Flame advantage to 15-8. Webber contributed two kills and a solo block to the spurt. Liberty closed out its 3-1 victory with a 30-23 decision. Webber and McCarty evenly split 10 of the Lady Flames' kills during the final stanza and sported matching .714 attack percentages.
To add further detail to Webber's performance, the junior matched a Liberty season high with six blocks. Her three solo blocks set a new career high.
McCarty and Nelson added 12 kills apiece for coach Shane Pinder's Lady Flames. Nelson paced all players with 23 digs, falling just one dig shy of her career high. Alysson Sanders (R-Jr., OH, Bear, Del.) and Lara Bartolomeo (Sr., L/DS, Huntington Beach, Calif.) aided Liberty's defensive effort, coming up with 18 and 15 digs, respectively.
Serving was a key to Liberty's victory, as the Lady Flames totaled eight aces to Wright State's one. Corbin, who provided half of Liberty's aces, also totaled 47 assists, 14 digs and seven kills for Liberty.
Two Wright State players fashioned double-doubles. Jessica Woods had a match-high 19 kills and 13 digs, while Lexi Leonhard added 15 kills and a dozen digs. Becca Awaa had a hand in seven of the Raiders' 11 blocks.
Liberty will play its third and final match of the Wright State Raider Challenge, Saturday at 5 p.m., when the Lady Flames tangle with The Citadel.