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Bacon Notches Career-High 20 Kills in Win
Birthday girl Karyl Bacon recorded a career-high 20 kills to lead Liberty over North Florida, 3-1 (25-27, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16), Saturday afternoon, to conclude Liberty's appearance in the UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va.
The Lady Flames dropped the first set before storming back to win the next three for the win, improving to 4-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Ospreys drop to 0-6 in 2010.
After the 2-1 appearance in the tournament, Bacon and Jade Craycraft were named to the all-tournament team.
The two squads traded points to open the first set, until Liberty went on a 5-0 run to take a 18-13 lead. Powered by key kills from Bacon, Craycraft and Kendle Rollins, the Lady Flames reached a set point opportunity at 24-19.
The Ospreys saved six set points, going on a 7-0 run to earn their first set point. Loren Thomas notched a kill that landed on the back line, and after the two teams evened it up again, 25-all, two straight kills by Jessica Catelano gave North Florida its first set victory of the tournament.
The Lady Flames came back to life in the second set, dominating play to take the 25-14 win. Liberty jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, never trailing over the course of the set. Liberty's defense held the Ospreys to a -.034 attack percentage, while the Lady Flames recorded a .324 hitting percentage of their own.
UNF didn't back down, starting the third set with a quick 5-0 lead. Three consecutive North Florida errors put the Lady Flames back in it, and Liberty took the lead for good when Rollins recorded a kill on an assist by Bacon, giving Liberty a 12-11 advantage. The Ospreys showed signs of miscommunication at that point, becoming frazzled and committing errors. Bacon led all players in the set with seven kills and a .545 attack percentage, and Liberty hit .407 as a team in the third frame.
The fourth set saw no tie scores and no lead changes, as Liberty held the advantage throughout. On one run, the Lady Flames won five straight points on kills by Thomas, Bacon and Courtney Boggs, and a huge kill by Thomas sealed the 25-16 win.
Kelly Haseman is inching closer to 1,000 career digs, after recording 19 during today's match and 55 over the tournament. She now sits at 987 digs for her Liberty career.
Aside from Bacon, the Lady Flames were led by Thomas with a season-high 11 kills, and Erica Manor, who notched a .533 attack percentage (nine kills) and four service aces. Setter Craycraft led all players with 36 assists.
The Ospreys were led by Paige Pridgeon with 17 kills, while Britt Claessens contributed 28 helpers and Nicole Baran made 14 digs.
Liberty is back in action next weekend, appearing in the Elon Phoenix Classic in Elon, N.C. The Lady Flames will kick off the tournament by facing off against Stetson on Friday at 11:30 a.m.