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Lady Flames to Continue 2010 at Elon Phoenix Classic

September 8, 2010
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Head Coach Shane Pinder and the Lady Flames will travel to Elon, N.C. this weekend to compete in the Elon Phoenix Classic.

Live Stats – Liberty vs. Stetson
Live Stats – Liberty vs. Northern Illinois

Live Stats – Liberty vs. Elon

Coming off of a 2-1 appearance at the UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., the Liberty Lady Flames will make the trek to Elon, N.C., to compete in the Elon Phoenix Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Liberty's first match is Friday at 11:30 a.m. against Stetson, followed by a 5:30 p.m. matchup against Northern Illinois. The Lady Flames will then conclude the tournament by facing host Elon on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Lady Flames (4-2) defeated George Washington and North Florida in last weekend's event, while falling to host Virginia in three sets. Karyl Bacon and Jade Craycraft were named to the all-tournament team. For the second straight weekend.

Elon Phoenix Classic
Elon, N.C.
Jordan Gym

Friday, Sept. 10
Stetson vs. Liberty, 11:30 a.m.
Northern Illinois at Elon, 2 p.m.
Liberty vs. Northern Illinois, 5:30 p.m.
Stetson at Elon, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11
Northern Illinois vs. Stetson, 12 p.m.
Liberty at Elon, 3 p.m.

Liberty at a Glance
The 2010 Lady Flames (4-2) are enjoying the fourth-best start to the season in program history. The 2008 Lady Flames won the first eight matches of the season, while the 1996 and 1992 squads led off with a 5-1 record. The 1978 Lady Flames also enjoyed four wins out of the first six matches.

Twice as Nice
Setter Jade Craycraft earned her second straight Big South Freshman of the Week honor, becoming the second player in Big South history, and the first since 2003, to win the award for the first two weeks of her collegiate career. She is also the first Lady Flame ince 2007 to win back-to-back Freshman of the Week awards.

Happy Birthday To You…
Senior outside hitter Karyl Bacon recorded a career-high 20 kills on her birthday to help the Lady Flames defeat North Florida, 3-1, Saturday afternoon. Bacon now ranks first on the team and third in the Big South in kills, averaging 3.96 per set.

Inching Closer to 1,000
Junior libero Kelly Haseman tallied 55 digs last weekend, bringing her career total to 987. She needs 13 more digs to reach the 1,000 mark for her career.

Conference Leaders
Kelly Haseman leads the Big South with 5.22 digs per set, and as a team, Liberty boasts a league-best .249 hitting percentage. The Lady Flames also lead the conference in kills (averaging 14.22 per set) and assists (averaging 12.7 per set). Loren Thomas is No. 2 among conference players with a .297 hitting percentage, while Jade Craycraft ranks second in assists (10.17 per set) and service aces (0.48 per set).

Around the Big South
Liberty currently leads the conference with a 4-2 overall record, followed by UNC Asheville (4-3).

The Bulldogs, who went 3-1 at the South Alabama Invitational, are back in action this weekend at the ETSU Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., along with UNC Greensboro, Austin Peay and host East Tennessee State.

The Radford Highlanders (2-5), went 2-1 in the tournament they hosted, posting wins over Norfolk State and Canisius last weekend. They are back in action Friday, appearing in the DePaul Tournament in Chicago, Ill.

After a 3-2 loss to UNC Wilmington in a mid-week home contest, Charleston Southern (2-4) heads to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the UNF tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bucs will face off against Illinois-Chicago, Troy, North Florida and Chattanooga over the weekend.

After downing Campbell, 3-1, Tuesday night, the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina (2-5) are gearing up to host the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational, welcoming The Citadel, Norfolk State and USC Upstate.

Presbyterian (2-3) will be in Peoria, Ill., this weekend, competing in the CEFCU Classic, while Winthrop (2-4) will appear in the Kansas Invitational. The Eagles had a big win over the weekend, defeating South Carolina, 3-1.

After going winless in the Thunder Invitational in Huntington, W.Va., last weekend, High Point (2-5) will compete in the ASU Sheraton Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Gardner-Webb (1-5) will host the GWU Runnin' Bulldogs Classic this weekend, hosting Kennesaw State, Weber State and Wofford.

Scouting the Competition
Stetson (1-6)
The Hatters are experiencing a slow start to 2010, only winning one of their first seven matches. That win came over Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 3, and the Hatters are on a three-game losing streak since then. Stetson fell to Big South member UNC Asheville, 3-1, on Aug. 28.

Sam Freeman leads the team with a .232 attack percentage, while Kaley Melville has tallied 55 kills on the year. As a team, the Hatters are outhit by opponents, 370 kills to 233. Stetson returns four starters and welcomes four newcomers to the 2010 squad.

This meeting will mark the second time the Lady Flames and the Hatters have faced off. Liberty won the first meeting, 3-0, on Oct. 26, 1990, in DeLand, Fla.

Northern Illinois (8-0)
The Huskies are a perfect 8-0 on the season, posting wins over College of Charleston, Oakland and South Dakota. To mark their best start in program history.

Lauren Wicinksi leads the team with 124 kills and 29 aces, while Mary Kurisch boasts a .449 attack percentage. As a team, the Huskies have a .320 hitting percentage.

This weekend's contest also marks the second meeting between Liberty and Northern Illinois. The Huskies won the first meeting, 3-1, Aug. 29, 2003 in a tournament hosted by Northern Illinois.

Elon (6-2)
Elon (6-2) is 1-0 at home this season, defeating Big South member High Point, 3-0, on Aug. 31. The Phoenix were picked to finish second in the North division of the Southern Conference, behind Samford, and have also posted wins over Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern this year.

Caroline Lemke leads the team with a .366 attack percentage, 88 kills and 24 blocks, while Ali Deatsch has recorded 115 digs.

The Lady Flames are 16-2 against the Phoenix, and Elon took last year's match, 3-1, on Sept. 5 in Lynchburg. It was the championship of the Liberty Invitational presented by Pepsi, and Lemke was voted the tournament MVP.