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LU Marches Past 49ers Amidst Career Numbers
Several players posted career-high numbers as the Liberty Lady Flames overcame the 49ers of Charlotte, 3-1 (25-17, 33-31, 23-25, 25-19), to pick up their first win of 2010, Saturday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. The match was the Lady Flames' second of the East Carolina Classic.
Redshirt freshman Kendle Rollins posted double-digit kills (12) for the first time in her career, while freshman Lillie Happel tallied a career-high 15 kills.
In addition, the 33-31 second set win marked the longest set in school history since the Lady Flames began the 25-point format in 2008. It was also the longest set played by Liberty since Oct. 10, 2009, when the Lady Flames lost the first set to UNC Asheville, 30-28.
The Lady Flames were in control for most of the first set against Charlotte, and Liberty's high attack percentage (.414 compared to Charlotte's .059) and a combined nine kills by outside hitters Karyl Bacon and Happel were key in the victorious opening set. Liberty led most of the set, and only trailed once before wrapping up a 25-17 decision.
The marathon second set was highlighted by setter Jade Craycraft's 15 assists and Rollins' .300 attack percentage. The set went back-and-forth with 12 tie scores and four lead changes, and the 49ers saved six set points before a block by Craycraft and Loren Thomas sealed the 33-31 win.
The third set belonged to Charlotte, as the 49ers put up three blocks to build a 19-16 lead, recovering from a 10-6 Liberty advantage. The Lady Flames were able to fight off one set point before a Rollins service error gave Charlotte the 25-23 third set win. The 49er attack had 13 kills and a .242 hitting percentage, compared to Liberty's 12 kills and a .163 attack percentage.
Both teams brought a matched intensity to the fourth set, and the lead went back and forth until Liberty took the reins, winning five straight points to take a 19-16 lead. Liberty then closed the door when Craycraft stepped to the line to serve, winning three straight points and ending the match on Rollins' 12th kill.
As a team, the Lady Flames outhit the 49ers, 65 kills to 45, for the match. Bacon, who recorded a match-high 18 kills against Cleveland State yesterday, again led all players with 16 kills and completed her second straight double-double with 13 digs. Kelly Haseman had a match-high 25 digs, and freshman Becca Haraf, who made several key saves in the second set, tallied a career-high 14 digs. Fellow freshman Craycraft posted a match-high 48 assists and a team-leading four blocks.
Charlotte was led by Kathleen Hicks, who notched 12 kills, while Amanda Videmsek tallied six blocks.
Both teams struggled at the service line throughout the match, as Liberty committed 15 service errors and Charlotte had 17. Craycraft recorded a match-high three service aces.
The Lady Flames improve to 1-1 on the year, while the 49ers drop to 1-1.
Liberty will conclude the East Carolina Classic this evening, facing off against tournament host East Carolina at 7 p.m.