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Lady Flames Edged by West Virginia, 3-1
Karyl Bacon had her second consecutive career day, but it wasn't enough for the Liberty Lady Flames, as the Mountaineers of West Virginia came out on top, 3-1 (17-25, 28-26, 21-25, 19-25).
Bacon recorded a career-high 23 kills breaking her former record of 22, which was just set in yesterday's match against UC Irvine. She also notched a double-double, adding 10 digs.
The Lady Flames now drop to 7-5 on the year, while West Virginia improves to 9-3 in 2010.
Jade Craycraft started the match with a service ace, but that would be the only time Liberty would hold a lead in the opening set.
The Mountaineers quickly jumped out to a 13-9 lead due to several Liberty miscues, and behind the .833 attack percentage of Abby Norman, West Virginia stayed in control to take the 25-17 first-set victory.
Bacon led the Lady Flames with five kills in the opening set.
Liberty bounced back in the second set, posting a .245 hitting percentage and holding the Mountaineers to .132. The set was close, with 10 tie scores and four lead changes.
At 6-all, consecutive kills by Bacon, Craycraft and Loren Thomas gave the Lady Flames some momentum, and another Bacon kill put the Lady Flames ahead, 15-9.
But West Virginia won four straight points to get right back into the set, and the two teams stayed neck-and-neck to push the second frame into extra points.
A Kendle Rollins kill set up a set point, but a subsequent service error tied it up, 24-24. Thomas stepped up with a smash to give the Lady Flames another opportunity, and two Mountaineer attack errors sealed the 28-26 victory.
Thomas notched five kills, while Craycraft put up 14 assists and posted a .750 attack percentage to put Liberty back in the match.
The third set was also evenly matched, despite an early 11-4 West Virginia advantage. Kills by Bacon and Thomas inched the Lady Flames closer, and aided by several Mountaineer mistakes, Liberty stayed within five points.
The Lady Flames were able to shake off four set points, before a kill by Serinna Russo ended the set with a 25-21 win for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers stayed on a roll in the fourth frame, winning four straight points with Russo at the service line for a 5-1 lead. A kill by Erica Manor snapped that streak, keeping the Lady Flames within reach.
While Liberty stayed close the entire set, the Lady Flames never could grasp a lead, and the Mountaineers were able to pull away with a 25-19 win.
Bacon led all players with nine kills in the fourth set, while Russo contributed two service aces for West Virginia.
Overall, aside from Bacon, Liberty was paced by Thomas, who tallied 10 kills, while Haseman notched 31 digs and Craycraft put up 44 total assists. The blocking system worked well, as the team recorded nine blocks, compared to seven for WVU.
Norman, Russo and Lauren Evans each contributed 12 kills for the Mountaineers, and three different players reached double-digits in digs.
After a break this afternoon, the Lady Flames are back in action this evening, facing off against Yale at 7:30 p.m. EST.