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Liberty Takes Care Of Birmingham-Southern In Four
Liberty University defeated Birmingham-Southern, 3-1 (30-14, 18-30, 30-20, 30-23), in Big South volleyball action this afternoon in the Vines Center.
In the first game it was all Liberty (7-13, 3-4 Big South) as they roared out to a 22-9 lead, aided by 11 kills from six different players. That's all the Lady Flames would need as they eased to an easy, 30-14, game one win.
Birmingham-Southern (8-11, 1-5 Big South), however, looked like a different team in the second game as they got out to an early 7-1 lead on a Jessica Nelson (So., Tokyo, Japan) attack error. Liberty was only able to get to within six points for most of the match as the Panthers closed out the game on an 11-5 run to tie things up at one.
Both teams swapped points in the early goings of game three as they were tied at 12 apiece. An error by Kelsey King capped off a 9-3 run by Liberty as they would reel off another run, this time 9-5 capped off by two service aces from Allison Hallock (Sr., Irvine, Calif.) to give the Lady Flames a victory in the third, 30-20.
Liberty looked poised to wrap the match up in the fourth as they once again got out to a big lead at 20-5; however, the Panthers clawed their way back in the game, and match, as a King kill capped off a 15-3 run and brought Birmingham-Southern to within three at, 23-20. But the Lady Flames proved to be too much as they rallied and took the fourth and deciding game, 30-23.
"This was a good conference win for us," remarked head coach Shane Pinder. "Our girls showed a lot of resolve in the end and Mary Alice Pike gave us a huge lift coming off of the bench."
"I thought that Kendall Nichols played solid the whole match," Pinder continued. "This was just a big win for us especially after last night.
And what a day Nichols (Fr., Hoover, Ala.) did have, as the freshman recorded 20 kills and nine digs, while hitting a season-high .425. Lara Bartolomeo (So., Huntington Beach, Calif.), coming off of a career night, collected 48 assists, while Hallock tallied a match-high 18 digs.
Leading the way for the Panthers was King as she collected 44 assists. Lindsey Herzog recorded 17 digs, while Andra Krautmanis posted 16 kills.
The Lady Flames will be back in action next Friday as they host the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.