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Corbin's Triple-Double Highlights Liberty Win Over Binghamton
The victory was the Lady Flames' fifth in their last six matches and boosts Liberty's season ledger to 8-5. Binghamton is now 6-9, after suffering its fifth-consecutive setback.
The triumph also enabled head coach Shane Pinder's Lady Flames to finish second in the five-team tournament. Host Villanova, Liberty and Princeton all ended up with matching 3-1 records, but Villanova was awarded the title on point differential.
Corbin (Beaverton, Ore.) and Jessica Nelson (R-Jr., OH, Tokyo, Japan) were named to the all-tournament team. For Corbin, it is the fourth-straight week she has received all-tournament laurels. Villanova's Alona Cherkez earned the MVP award at her home tournament.
Liberty, which had played a hard-fought, five-game match against William & Mary several hours earlier, showed few signs of fatigue during the opening stanza. Corbin served up a four-point run, to give her team the lead for good at 11-8. The Bearcats fought back and trailed, 20-19, before Ashley Webber (Jr., MB, Lakeside, Calif.) played a role in three-straight Lady Flame points, assisting on a block and putting down two kills.
Chelaine McCarty (So., MB, Houston, Ala.) kills accounted for the final two points of Liberty's 30-23 win. In the game, the Lady Flames' outside hitters combined for 11 kills, with Alysson Sanders (R-Jr., Bear, Del.) tallying six kills and Nelson five.
A trio of Binghamton blocks highlighted an 8-1 Bearcat run, which broke open a 10-10 tie in the second game and lifted Binghamton to a seven-point advantage. Liberty began to chip away at the deficit and got to within 29-28 on a block by Corbin and McCarty. Binghamton was then able to even the match when a Jacki Kane kill sealed the Bearcats' 30-28 triumph.
The third game was tight much of the way. Liberty owned a slim, 19-18 edge, before ripping off an 11-2, game-ending run. McCarty served for seven-consecutive points during the surge, which concluded with Corbin's game-ending kill. The Lady Flames' setter hit .500 with four kills, eight assists, five digs and a pair of block assists during the 30-20 Liberty victory.
Serving again played an important role during Liberty's game four triumph. The Lady Flames trailed, 15-14, prior to a 5-0 run. Mary Alice Pike (Sr., RS, Durham, N.C.) served for four of the points, the final three of which came via successive aces. The quick burst swung momentum Liberty's way, and Binghamton got no closer than three the remainder of the evening. The final count was 30-26. Pike added three kills and four digs to her trio of aces during the decisive stanza.
Corbin's fifth career triple-double consisted of season-high totals in kills (10) and digs (25), and 44 assists. The sophomore also hit .368 with three blocks.
Three teammates joined Corbin with 10 or more kills. Nelson recorded her ninth double-double of the season, tallying 16 kills and 17 digs. McCarty (14 kills) and Sanders (12 kills) also reached double figures.
Pike ended up with one of her top career statistical matches. She nearly matched Corbin's triple-double with one of her own, accumulating eight kills, a career-best 10 assists and 11 digs. The senior also matched her career-high total with three service aces.
Lara Bartolomeo (Sr., L/DS, Huntington Beach, Calif.) chipped in with 14 aces, while Webber paced all players with half a dozen block assists.
Binghamton‘s offense was spearheaded by Jacki Kane and Dawn Lammert, who evenly split 20 kills. Setter Lindsey Mueller ended the evening with 44 assists and a team-best 23 digs.
The Lady Flames will return to the Vines Center Tuesday evening to battle in-state rival James Madison. Liberty's final match prior to the start of Big South Conference play is slated for a 7 p.m. start.