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Liberty Sweeps Penn, 3-0
The Liberty Lady Flames swept their second Ivy League opponent in two days, Saturday afternoon, defeating Penn, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21), in the Fullerton Classic.
Yesterday, Liberty blanked the Yale Bulldogs, 3-0, in the same tournament.
The Lady Flames improve to 9-5 on the year, while the Quakers of Penn drop to 3-5.
As a team, the Lady Flames played a clean match, hitting .346, cutting down on errors and performing well at the service line. There was only one lead change in the entire match, as Liberty held an advantage at nearly all times in each of the three sets.
Both Karyl Bacon and Loren Thomas hit over .400, and the duo combined for 25 kills. Additionally, Kendle Rollins recorded a career-high seven blocks in the victory.
Penn's only lead came in the beginning of the first set, as the Quakers went ahead, 3-2. But after five straight Liberty points with Hannah Anderson at the service line, the Lady Flames claimed a 7-3 advantage.
That gave Liberty a wave of momentum, which the Lady Flames continued to ride for the remainder of the first set. A kill by Rollins set up the set point at 24-15, and a block by Anderson and Rollins gave the Lady Flames a 25-15 win.
Rollins, Bacon and Thomas each posted three kills in the opening set, and setter Jade Craycraft put up 14 assists. The Liberty offense recorded a .462 attack percentage, compared to .121 for the Quakers.
Liberty didn't let up in the second frame, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead, thanks to two Craycraft aces and two kills by Erica Manor.
The Quakers whittled away at the lead, and tied it up, 11-all, on a kill by Lauren Martin.
The Lady Flames then went on a 4-0 run, but Penn answered with three straight points of its own to bring the score to 16-15, Liberty.
The two teams went back and forth until the Lady Flames pulled away, 23-20, on another Manor kill. Two points later, Manor blasted one more kill to give Liberty the 25-21 second set victory.
Penn's Martin led all players with six kills for the set, while Bacon paced Liberty with four. Craycraft nabbed 10 more assists, and the Lady Flames recorded 12 total digs.
The third set also stayed close throughout, until a Bacon spike gave Liberty its largest lead of the set, 15-11. Later, two straight Bacon kills broke a 19-19 tie to put the Lady Flames back on top, and Manor recorded the final kill on match point to end the third set, 25-21.
Bacon led all players in the third set with 10 kills, followed by Penn's Kristen Etterbeek with five.
Overall, Bacon posted 17 kills and seven digs, while Thomas hit .462 with eight kills. Kelly Haseman led all players with 15 digs, and Craycraft nabbed 40 total assists. The team also had nine total blocks, compared to four for Penn.
Martin led the Quakers with 13 kills, while Julia Swanson added 10. As a team, Penn hit .236 for the match.
The Lady Flames are back in action tonight, concluding their appearance in the Fullerton Classic. They will take on host Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. EST.