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Lady Flames Drop Sixth-Straight Match
Birmingham-Southern handed Liberty a 3-0 (30-15, 30-26, 30-25) loss this evening in Big South volleyball action, Friday evening, at Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers hit .368, while the Lady Flames were only able to hit .057 as they dropped their sixth-straight match.
With the loss, Liberty (8-19, 4-8 Big South) drops out of a tie for fifth with Birmingham-Southern (12-13, 5-7 Big South), making it unlikely that they will host a first road match in the upcoming Big South Volleyball Championship.
Birmingham-Southern jumped out to a 7-3 lead in game one before Liberty came back to lead at the 9-8 mark. After that point, the Panthers rattled off a 13-1 run to go up, 21-10, and never looked back, winning, 30-15, on a Lady Flames' attack error.
The Panthers then pulled out to a large lead in game two, going up 13-3 and leading for the rest of the frame. The Lady Flames came back to within three points at the 14-11 mark, and attempted a rally down the stretch, cutting Birmingham-Southern's lead to four several times, but the Panthers won, 30-26, on a kill from senior Lillian Henderson.
Game three was even in the opening points, with the teams playing to five ties up to the 6-6 mark. The Panthers began to pull ahead after that and led for the remainder of the game, despite the Lady Flames cutting the lead to one point at the 17-16 mark, but Birmingham-Southern won the game, 30-25, and the match on a kill from senior Sarah Martin.
The Lady Flames were paced by Jessica Nelson (So., Tokyo, Japan) as she recorded 13 kills and nine digs. Lara Bartolomeo (So., Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted 32 assists, while Allyson Sanders (r-Fr., Bear, Del.) and Allison Hallock (Sr., Irvine, Calif.) notched 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
For the Panthers, Alex Plummer led the way on defense with 20 digs. Setter King recorded a match-high 41 assists, while Cassie Reed hit a match-high .520 with 13 kills. Lindsey Herzog collected 13 digs.
"We didn't do a whole lot well tonight as BSC came out and couldn't do anything wrong," explained head coach Shane Pinder. "We didn't put any pressure on them as they got in rhythm and it was a uphill battle all night long. We didn't put forth a good effort and it was a very frustrating night."
Liberty returns to action on Sunday as they travel to Asheville, N.C., to take on UNC Asheville at 2 p.m. in the Justice Center.