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After a second-place finish at the East Carolina Classic last weekend, the Liberty Lady Flames head into their second tournament appearance of the season, competing this weekend in the UVA Holiday inn Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va.
Liberty will kick off the tournament by facing off against George Washington on Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a matchup against host Virginia at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will conclude the event on Saturday, lining up against North Florida at 1 p.m.
The Lady Flames (2-1) swept all three Big South weekly awards this week, marking the first time in program and conference history a school has completed the feat. Karyl Bacon won Player of the Week honors, while Jade Craycraft was named the Freshman of the Week and Kelly Haseman was the Defensive Player of the Week.
UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup
Friday, Sept. 3
Liberty vs. George Washington, 10:30 a.m.
North Florida at Virginia, 1 p.m.
George Washington vs. North Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Liberty at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4
North Florida vs. Liberty, 1 p.m.
George Washington at Virginia, 3 p.m.
Liberty at a Glance
The Lady Flames enjoyed a solid start to 2010, going 2-1 in the ECU Classic and pushing tournament champion Cleveland State to five sets. Karyl Bacon and Jade Craycraft were named to the all-tournament team, as Bacon led all players with 46 kills, while Craycraft led the tournament field with a total of 119 assists and nine service aces.
Passing the Torch
Jade Craycraft picked up Big South Freshman of the Week Honors for the first week of regular-season play, the same honor achieved by Karyl Bacon in the first week of her collegiate career back in 2007. Bacon earned Big South Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career for her performance at the ECU Classic.
Successful Collegiate Debuts
Kendle Rollins, Lauren Bosché, Becca Haraf, Lillie Happel, Erica Manor and Jade Craycraft each appeared in their first matches as Lady Flames during the ECU Classic.
Against Cleveland State, Manor led the squad in both attack percentage (.290) and aces (three), while contributing 14 total kills. Happel recorded a double-double in her first collegiate match, consisting of 12 kills and 14 digs.
Rollins, a redshirt freshman, posted double-digit kills (12) against Charlotte, while Haraf notched 14 digs.
Karyl Bacon recorded her 30th career double-double in Liberty's win over East Carolina, and notched three consecutive double-doubles to open the season for the second time in her career. She also accomplished the feat three years ago to open her freshman campaign.
Junior libero Kelly Haseman tallied 65 digs last weekend, bringing her career total to 932. She needs 68 more digs to reach the 1,000 mark for her career.
That Was The Longest Set Ever… Seriously
The 33-31 second set win over Charlotte on Saturday marked the longest set in school history since the Lady Flames began the 25-point format in 2008. The previous record occurred on Oct. 10, 2009, when the Lady Flames lost the first set to UNC Asheville, 30-28.
Jade Craycraft leads the Big South with nine service aces, while Kelly Haseman ranks No. 1 with 65 digs. As a team, Liberty leads all conference teams in three statistical categories, including hitting percentage (.222), assists (147) and kills (169).
Around the Big South
The 2010 season is now underway for all Big South teams. Aside from Liberty, High Point (2-2) is the only other team that went 2-1 over the weekend. UNC Asheville and Winthrop are both 1-2 after last weekend, while Charleston Southern is now 2-3 and Gardner-Webb sits at 1-3.
Coastal Carolina, Radford and Presbyterian College remain winless, as the Chanticleers are 0-3, the Highlanders are 0-4 and the Blue Hose are 0-1 after falling to Furman on Tuesday.
Big South foe Gardner-Webb has a tough weekend ahead, as it is scheduled to meet No. 11 California and San Diego as part of the USD Invitational in San Diego, Calif.
Two Big South teams are hosting tournaments this weekend. Radford will welcome Norfolk State, Davidson and Canisius for the Radford Tournament, while Winthrop is holding the Carolina Challenge on its campus, which will include College of Charleston, Clemson and South Carolina.
The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina will compete in the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech, while Presbyterian College travels to Macon, Ga., for the Bear Brawl. Finally, High Point will make an appearance in the Thunder Invitational in Huntington, W.Va., facing off against Cleveland State, Marshall and Hofstra.
Scouting the Competition
George Washington (2-1)
The Colonials are coming off a second-place finish at the DC Challenge in Washington, D.C., last weekend, where they picked up wins over Georgetown and George Mason, but fell to American, 3-0.
George Washington returns five starters and nine letterwinners from 2009, including sophomore outside hitter Lauren Whyte, who leads the team with 54 kills. Whyte was a 2009 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie team selection, and was named to the all-tournament team at the DC Challenge.
Liberty is 2-5 all-time against the Colonials, and the Lady Flames were victorious in the last meeting, 3-2. The two teams last met in 2007 at the VCU 3rd Degree Sportswear Invitational. Karyl Bacon had a double-double (12 kills, 16 digs) in that contest, the fifth match of her career.
The Cavaliers went undefeated last weekend in the Temple Invitational, defeating Valparaiso, Delaware and Temple. In the process, Virginia outhit its opponents, 172 kills to 155, and the team recorded 21 service aces.
Virginia returns five starters, including 2009 All-ACC honoree Simone Asque. Asque, a junior outside hitter, recorded 67 kills over the course of the Temple Invitational, leading the team. In addition, Emily Rottman was just named the ACC Freshman of the Week.
The Cavaliers went 12-19 last season, finishing sixth in the ACC.
Friday's meeting between Liberty and Virginia will mark the 24th matchup between the two schools. The Flames have been victorious on two of those occasions, but Virginia picked up the win in the most recent meeting, 3-1, on Sept. 17, 2005 in Lynchburg.
North Florida (0-3)
The Ospreys will be looking for their first win of 2010 this weekend, as they suffered three losses at the Georgia State Invitational last weekend to Wright State, Georgia State and Morehead State. North Florida picked up one set victory, over host Georgia State, over the course of opening weekend.
The Ospreys went 10-20 in 2009 and return two starters and eight letterwinners to the squad. Paige Pridgeon paced the team last weekend with 37 kills, while Britt Claessens contributed 82 assists.
Saturday's matchup will mark the first meeting between Liberty and North Florida, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.