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McCarty, Nelson Star in White Team Sweep

August 25, 2008
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Chelaine McCarty hit a match-high .565 with 14 kills during the Blue-White scrimmage Monday.

Chelaine McCarty hit a match-high .565 with 14 kills during the Blue-White scrimmage Monday.

Many players changed sides of the net, but the results remained the same throughout Monday evening's Blue-White volleyball scrimmage at the Vines Center. The White team, sparked by the all-around play of Chelaine McCarty and Jessica Nelson, claimed victory in all five sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, 16-14).

McCarty played all five sets for the White side, notching 14 kills on a match-high .565 attack percentage and recording six blocks. Meanwhile, Nelson opened her final year as a Lady Flame with a bang, ending up with 15 kills, 18 digs and half a dozen blocks.

Middle blockers took center stage during the match's opening set. Kirstyn Sanders kept the Blue team in the set by posting four kills and a .667 attack percentage. However, the White squad's middle blocker tandem of McCarty and Ashley Webber was too much to overcome. The duo combined for five kills on just seven swings, good for a .714 attack percentage. Their efforts helped the White team reel off a 25-21 triumph.

Freshman setter Courtney Boggs enjoyed a solid performance in set two, posting four kills, eight assists and four digs. Her Blue side owned a 10-8 advantage before classmate Kelly Haseman went on a five-point serving run for the White team, claiming the lead for good. Nelson finished with four kills and a set-high seven digs in White's 25-19 decision.

Kallie Corbin served for the first four points of the third set, giving the White team a lead it did not relinquish. Two of the four points came via blocks, and Webber had a hand in both rejections. In total, the White squad recorded four blocks during set three and limited the Blue attack percentage to -.053. In the end, White posted its most sizable set victory of the evening, 25-16.

Corbin and Boggs traded sides of the net for the final two sets. Corbin's new Blue team led for much of the fourth set and was on top as late as 17-16. Nicki Scripko then heated up for the White squad. She notched her team's final three points on kills, including the set winner at 25-20.

The teams played a fifth and final set to 15 points, and again it was the Blue squad jumping out on top at the outset. The team owned a 7-3 bulge after a powerful Sanders kill. The White team was able to prevail, 16-14, aided by key plays by Boggs and McCarty down the stretch. With the score tied at 13-all, Boggs set up McCarty for two kills, sandwiching a service error. On the White side's second set point, Boggs and McCarty closed it out with a combined block.

Statistical standouts were numerous on Monday, in addition to McCarty and Nelson. Scripko ended with a double-double, consisting of 15 kills and 14 digs. Randolph College women's volleyball coach Johnathan Willis made a guest appearance for the Blue team, summing 10 kills.

Liberty Christian Academy alum Courtney Cooper, a freshman libero, paced all players with 19 digs. Karyl Bacon chipped in with 18 digs, while Haseman totaled 17.

The scrimmage featured a total of 10 service aces, three of which came off freshman Rebecca Warren's jump serve. Corbin and Haseman each contributed a pair of aces.

Corbin's two aces went along with 49 assists, four kills and 11 digs. On the opposite side of the net, Boggs came up with 40 assists, seven kills and 13 digs.

In addition to Willis, Liberty assistant coaches Jennifer Vaden and Crystal Carey also played for the Blue team on Monday.

The Lady Flames will open the 2008 regular season Friday at 4:30 p.m., when they take on N.C. State at the VCU Third Degree Sportswear Invitational.

Monday evening marked Liberty's last appearance at the Vines Center until the squad's home opener versus VCU on Sept. 30.