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Rams Hand Lady Flames 3-0 Defeat
Virginia Commonwealth handed Liberty a 3-0 (31-29, 30-23, 30-15) defeat this evening in non-conference volleyball action in the Siegel Center.
The victory saw VCU raise its record to 15-9 overall, while Liberty fell to 8-15. The Rams now lead the all-time series, 16-14.
Junior middle blocker Melissa Peterson smashed 17 kills for a Virginia Commonwealth University-record .944 attack percentage. With the 17 kills on 18 attempts and no errors, Peterson scrapped Jessica Burns' school record of .900, set Sept. 9, 1994 against Missouri. The 17 kills are also bettered her career high of 11 kills, which she accomplished twice this season.
VCU hit a robust .342 (58-20-111) on the night, its second highest mark this season. Also, freshmen Elisa Kuehnel and Ana Luiza De Borja dropped 16 and 14 kills, respectively. Kuehnel hit .500, while De Borja was close behind at .455. Freshman setter Catherine Juson registered 48 assists on the night for the Rams.
For Liberty, Freshman Kendall Nichols (Hoover, Ala.) led the Lady Flames with nine kills and sophomore Jessica Nelson (Tokyo, Japan) added seven.
"We came all the way over here and we were not ready to play," commented head coach Shane Pinder. "We're fighting for confidence, which is definitely an issue for us right now, we don't believe we can win and we have to find some confidence if we're going to get anywhere."
The Lady Flames return Big South action on Friday when they travel to High Point, N.C., to take on the Panthers of High Point at 7 p.m.