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Lady Flames Fall to Northern Illinois

September 10, 2010
|  Elon, N.C.
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Kendle Rollins and the Lady Flames were defeated by Northern Illinois, 3-0.

The Lady Flames dropped to 1-1 in the Elon Phoenix Classic with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) loss to Northern Illinois, Friday evening, in Elon, N.C. The Huskies remain unbeaten on the year with a 10-0 record, after defeating host Elon earlier today, 3-1.

The Lady Flames fall to 5-3 in 2010.

The Huskies jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but a solo block by Erica Manor gave Liberty the boost it needed, as the Lady Flames won four straight points to take the 5-4 lead.

Liberty and Northern Illinois went back and forth for awhile, trading one- and two-point leads until it was tied up, 14-14. At that point, with Kendle Rollins at the line to serve, the Lady Flames won three straight points on kills from Karyl Bacon (2) and Manor to take a 17-14 advantage.

But Northern Illinois refused to lie down, and came back to tie the set, 18-all. After a few long rallies, the Huskies took a 22-19 lead, prompting Liberty Head Coach Shane Pinder to call a timeout.

The Lady Flames struggled to recover, but came back to within two points with a 23-21 score.
But a kill by gave the Huskies a set point.

Lillie Happel saved the first with a crosscourt kill to bring the score to 24-22, but the Huskies won the set on the next point with a kill by Allison McGlaughlin.

NIU's Lauren Wicinksi led all players with five kills in the opening set, while Bacon and Lillie Happel notched four kills apiece to lead Liberty.

It was the Lady Flames who took a quick 4-1 lead to begin the second set, but in a similar fashion to set 1, the trailing team scored four straight points to take a 5-4 advantage.

Thanks to key plays by Bacon, the Lady Flames stayed within reach until the Huskies pulled away for a four-point lead at 12-8.

Two straight kills by Happel brought the score to 12-10. Several points later, a solo Loren Thomas block tied the set, 15-all.

Northern Illinois went on a roll at that point, taking a 20-16 lead with the help of a few Liberty errors.

The Husky attack didn't look back, as NIU maintained control of the set to take the 25-19 win for the two-set lead.

NIU held Liberty to just a .034 attack percentage in the second set, while posting a .133 hitting percentage of its own. Bacon led all players with seven kills, followed by Sarah Angelos of NIU (4 kills).

The score stayed close with the Huskies ahead early in the third set, until the Lady Flames won three points in a row to take an 8-7 lead. But NIU answered with eight consecutive points of its own to take a 15-8 advantage.

The Huskies kept rolling to go ahead, 22-11, and the Lady Flames struggled to recover. Northern Illinois held on for the 25-15 triumph, and the 3-0 match victory.

The Huskies were in control for a majority of the final set, posting a .188 attack percentage and holding Liberty to -.059. Wicinkski and McGlaughlin both recorded four kills for NIU, while Bacon and Happel contributed three kills apiece.

Overall, Bacon led the Lady Flames' effort, recording 14 kills. Happel added nine kills, while Kelly Haseman contributed nine digs and Jade Craycraft tallied 18 assists.

The Huskies were paced by Wicinksi (11 kills) and McGlaughlin (10 kills), while setter Kristin Hoffman led all players with 22 assists.

As a team, the Liberty defense recorded seven total blocks, compared to three for NIU.

The Lady Flames will attempt to regroup, and are set to conclude the 2010 Elon Phoenix Classic tomorrow, taking on host Elon at 3 p.m.