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Haseman Records Dig No. 1,000 as Liberty Wins

September 10, 2010
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Kelly Haseman led all players with 16 digs, giving her the 1,000th dig of her career, as Liberty defeated Stetson, 3-1.

Kelly Haseman notched her 1,000th career dig as the Liberty Lady Flames defeated Stetson, 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17), in the first match of the 2010 Elon Phoenix Classic in Elon, N.C. on Friday.
Haseman, a junior libero, led all players with 16 digs for the match. In addition, she recorded a career-high five service aces.

The Lady Flames improve to 5-2 on the year, while the Hatters drop to 1-7. 

Liberty started off on a roll in the opening set, claiming four straight points with Lillie Happel at the service line to take a 5-2 lead. 

Stetson suffered several missed opportunities due to miscommunication, and an angled kill by Loren Thomas gave the Lady Flames a 15-12 advantage. 

The Hatters held on, keeping it close at 18-16, but Liberty went on a 4-0 burst with Jade Craycraft serving to take a 22-16 lead. The Lady Flames stayed in control, holding on for the 25-19 win. 

Karyl Bacon led all players with five kills during the set, hitting .833, and Liberty held the Hatters to a .120 attack percentage. 

The Lady Flames continued riding their wave of momentum early in the second set, winning seven straight points to take a quick 7-1 lead. After the announcer's continued "Point Liberty" announcements, the Hatters made a comeback, inching their way to 13-11. A Courtney Boggs kill put the Lady Flames back up by three, and a few plays later, Haseman recorded three digs during a marathon point that Stetson held on to win, bringing the score to 17-16 in Liberty's favor. Haseman then notched her 1,000th career dig on a point that gave the Lady Flames an 18-17 advantage. 

Stetson managed to jump out in front at 20-19, and a big Hatter block gave them a 21-19 advantage. The Liberty offense began to break down at that point, as several miscues set up a 25-20 Stetson win. 

The Liberty attack system was held to just a .118 attack percentage in the second set, and Stetson managed to take the set despite Liberty leading in total kills, 12-7. Happel paced all players in the second set with four kills and a .500 hitting percentage. 

It was the Hatters who jumped ahead in the third, taking a quick 4-1 lead. The Lady Flames didn't let that become a pattern, clawing back to 5-4, then tying it up, 7-all, on a huge kill by Craycraft. 

The Liberty offense finally clicked with Haseman at the service line, winning nine straight points to take a 16-8 lead. Stetson broke the Liberty run with a kill by Kaley Melville to bring the score to 16-9, but Liberty kept plugging along, winning point after point to set up the biggest lead of the match at 24-13. Stetson was able to save one set point, but a mammoth Loren Thomas kill down the middle sealed the 25-14 third set win for the Lady Flames.

Bacon once again led with six kills in the set, while Thomas notched a kill and a solo block. Craycraft contributed 13 assists to lead all players. 

The two squads went back and forth to kick off set four, but the Lady Flames pulled away for a 10-4 lead on a Bacon kill. 

The Hatters weren't done, pulling within one point at 13-12. Timely Liberty blocks kept the Lady Flames in control, and a Haseman service ace set up the match point. After Stetson saved the first to make it 24-17, a kill by Happel ended the match. 

Bacon led all players with 16 kills, followed by Happel with 12. Melville paced the Hatters, recording seven kills for the match. 

Craycraft tallied 36 assists and four service aces, while the team recorded 13 service aces. The last time a Liberty squad had 13 or more aces was on Sept. 6, 2003, when the Lady Flames defeated Campbell, 3-0, in Charlottesville, Va.

The Lady Flames are back in action later this afternoon, taking on Northern Illinois at 5:30 p.m.