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Lady Flames Fall In Three
Coastal Carolina was too much for Liberty this afternoon as they downed the Lady Flames in three games, 3-0 (30-13, 30-26, 31-29) for the victory in Big South volleyball action in the Vines Center.
The Chanticleers (13-9, 8-1 Big South) jumped out early to a 14-4 lead over the Lady Flames (8-14, 4-5 Big South) in the first game. Coastal Carolina opened its lead to 11, 21-10, before Liberty was forced to use a timeout; however, Katherine Jensen-Spencer and the Chanticleers were too much as Jensen-Spencer posted nine first-game kills en route to a 30-13 win.
Game two saw Liberty rebound and take a 16-9 lead midway through as Allison Hallock (Sr., Irvine, Calif.) recorded a service ace. Coastal Carolina cut the lead to three, 20-17, on a Mary Alice Pike (So., Durham, N.C.) attack error, but the Chanticleers used a 13-6 run to pull out a game two victory, 30-26.
Both teams battled to a 10 all tie in game three until an attack error by Jensen-Spencer gave the Lady Flames a 15-12 lead. The Chanticleers responded, as an Alica Meyers kill tied the game up at 18.
After being down all match, a kill by Brett Starbuck gave Coastal Carolina a 24-21 lead, but Liberty fought back and tied things up at 26 on a Jessica Nelson (So., Tokyo, Japan) kill. The Chanticleers looked poised to take the game, and match, as they lead 29-27, but the Lady Flames responded and tied the game at 29 apiece on another Nelson kill; however, that's all Liberty could muster up as Coastal Carolina won the next two points and pulled out a 31-29 win.
"Coastal played very well," stated head coach Shane Pinder. "We knew coming into this match that is was going to be tough and then we got off to a slow start."
"The kids fought back in the third game and showed a lot of fight, but in the end it was just too much to overcome."
The Chanticleers posted the second-highest hitting percentage against the Lady Flames this season as they hit .390 as a team and were led by Krista Kimble who hit .625, while Liberty only hit .190.
The Lady Flames were paced by Lara Bartolomeo (So., Huntington Beach, Calif.) as she collected 37 assists. Nelson posted another double-double, her fifth in six matches, with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Hallock recorded 15 digs.
For Coastal Carolina, they were led by Jennifer Hampton who recorded a double-double with a match-high 49 assists, while posting 12 digs. Jensen-Spencer tallied a .311 hitting percentage with a match-high 21 kills and Kimble collected 10 kills.
The Lady Flames will be back in action Tuesday as they travel to Richmond, Va., to take on the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Siegel Center.