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Liberty Downs Charleston Southern In Big South Action
Liberty dropped Charleston Southern 3-1 (33-35, 30-22, 31-29, 31-29) this evening in the CSU Fieldhouse in Big South volleyball action.
Charleston Southern (7-10, 1-3 Big South) won the first game, but a young Lady Flames (6-11, 2-2 Big South) team showed poised and went on to win the next three 30-22, 31-29, 31-29.
Lara Bartolomeo (So., Huntington Beach, Calif.) paced Liberty will a career-high 62 assists, while also recording 19 digs as four Lady Flames posted double-doubles. Jessica Nelson (So., Tokyo, Japan) collected a match-high 22 kills and had 14 digs, while Janell Migeot (Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) posted 19 kills and 16 digs to go along with a .317 hitting percentage. Also recording a double-double was Kendall Nichols (Fr., Hoover, Ala.) as she tallied 17 kills and 20 digs. Allison Hallock (Sr., Irvine, Calif.) collected a match-high 28 digs.
Charleston Southern was led offensively by Tori Owens who had 16 kills and 25 digs. Katie O'Riordan recorded a triple double with ten kills, 40 assists and 20 digs.
After falling behind early in the first game by as many as 22-15, CSU strung together a late rally, including five straight points behind the serving of O'Riordan, pulling ahead 28-26. The two teams battled back and forth with neither team able to end the game until two Liberty attack errors gave CSU the 35-33 advantage.
Game two was not quite the battle game one was, with Liberty taking an early 5-0 lead and never looking back. Led by Migeot's six kills, and Bartolomeo's 17 assists, the Lady Flames took game two 30-22.
The third game had all the drama of the first one with both teams battling closely. Liberty pulled out as much as 25-20 before the Lady Bucs stormed back to tie it at 29-29. Nichols rattled off two-straight kills for the Lady Flames to end the Lady Buc rally and take game three.
Game four found CSU down by two early but again CSU put together a rally to take a 23-17 lead behind two consecutive blocks by Canan Erdogan and Renae Popovich. The Lady Flames used a late rally of their own to tie the game at 29-29 and went on to win 31-29.
Liberty will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.