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Lady Flames Fall to Virginia
Sparked by a solid offensive performance by outside hitter Simone Asque, the Virginia Cavaliers held off the Liberty Lady Flames, 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18), in the UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup, Friday night, in Charlottesville, Va.
Asque led all players with 19 kills, helping Virginia remain undefeated at 5-0. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames drop to 3-2 on the year. The loss snaps a three-match winning streak by the Lady Flames, who defeated George Washington, 3-1, earlier today.
The Lady Flames hung with the Cavaliers for a majority of the first set, with each team trading off the lead. Liberty pulled away to a 16-13 advantage, after key kills from Karyl Bacon and Loren Thomas, to take the largest lead of the match to that point. Liberty managed to hold onto the three-point lead briefly, until Virginia came back to tie it, 19-all.
After more lead changes, the Cavs regained the lead, 23-22, but Bacon notched a kill to tie it up. Next, a Happel attack error gave Virginia its first set point. Liberty stayed alive when Beth Wildermuth served it long, bringing the score to 24-all.
After Tess Udall's kill, the Cavaliers finally took the competitive first set, 26-24, when Asque used a timely kill to end the frame.
Asque led all players in the first set with eight kills, and the Cavaliers held the Lady Flames to a .184 attack percentage.
Bacon led Liberty with six kills, while Lillie Happel and Thomas contributed three apiece.
Once again, the second set stayed close until midway through, when the Lady Flames went on a 5-0 run to take a 14-11 lead. After a Virginia timeout, the Cavs evened it out once again, thanks to kills from Udall and Asque. Attack errors began to hurt Liberty at that point, and Virginia went on to win the second set, 25-20.
Asque once again led her team with five kills for the stanza. Bacon had five kills and seven digs for Liberty, while Happel led the offense with a .444 attack percentage in the second frame.
It was all Virginia in the third set, and the Lady Flames struggled to generate any momentum. The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick 12-8 lead and never looked back, behind eight Asque kills and three players with two blocks each. The Lady Flames couldn't recover from the early deficit, and Virginia held on for the 25-18 win.
The Cavs outhit Liberty, 15-8 in the kill column, during the final set.
Bacon nabbed her fifth straight double-double to start the year, with 10 kills and 12 digs. Happel recorded nine kills and Thomas contributed six for the Lady Flames.
Setter Jade Craycraft notched 32 assists to pace all players.
Liberty will conclude its appearance in the UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup tomorrow, facing off against North Florida at 1 p.m. The Ospreys had a tough day on Friday, falling to both Virginia (3-0) and George Washington (3-0).