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Liberty Blanks Yale in Fullerton Classic
Kendle Rollins posted a .643 attack percentage with 10 kills and Hannah Anderson added seven kills and hit .500, helping the Lady Flames to a 3-0 (27-25,25-15, 25-21) win over the Yale Bulldogs, Friday night, at the Fullerton Classic.
As a team, the Lady Flames hit .343 in the sweep, helping to recover from an earlier loss in the day to West Virginia (3-1). With the win, the Lady Flames improve to 8-5 on the year, while Yale drops to 5-2.
In the opening set, Liberty took a quick 3-0 lead thanks to a kill by Karyl Bacon and two errors by Yale. A kill by Anderson made the score 4-1, but a Bulldog kill by Taylor Cramm and a Liberty attack error tied it up.
The match went back and forth after that, as Liberty would take a small lead, and Yale would catch right back up each time the Lady Flames attempted to pull away.
This continued until the score was tied, 23-all. Erica Manor came up with a kill to give Liberty a set point, but Yale's Bridget Hearst responded with a kill of her own to even it up again. Another Bacon kill at 26-25 sealed the set 1 victory for Liberty.
Anderson and Bacon each tallied three kills, while Rollins hit .667 in the first set. Hearst led the Bulldogs, recording six kills and a .625 attack percentage.
The Lady Flames completely dominated the second set, hitting .414 and holding Yale to just .167.
Rollins went 5-for-5 in attacks, and as a team, the Lady Flames posted three total blocks.
Erica Manor served the final three points of the set, as two straight Bulldog errors gave Liberty the second set, 25-15.
The third set was a mirror image of the first, as the teams stayed right with one another throughout. When the Lady Flames were up, 20-18, Manor put out a timely service ace to give the Lady Flames a three-point advantage.
After a kill by Bacon and an error by Yale, Anderson stepped up and served an ace to end the match with a 25-21 third-set win.
Bacon led all players with 13 kills, while Kelly Haseman notched 18 digs and Jade Craycraft tallied 36 assists.
For Yale, Erica Reetz led the team with 12 kills and Hearst added 11.
The Lady Flames are back in action at the Fullerton Classic tomorrow afternoon, taking on Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. EST.