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Lady Flames Drop Final West Coast Match
A solid Cal State Fullerton squad held Liberty to a .060 attack percentage, as the Lady Flames dropped the final match of their West Coast tour, 3-0 (14-25, 17-25, 12-25), in the Cal State Fullerton Classic, Saturday afternoon.
The Titans outhit Liberty, 50 kills to 24, and posted a .357 attack percentage of their own.
With the loss, the Lady Flames drop to 9-6 on the year, while the Titans improve to 9-3.
Cal State Fullerton jumped to a quick 10-4 lead due mostly to miscues by Liberty. But the Lady Flames won four straight points for a score of 11-8, highlighted by kills from Karyl Bacon and Erica Manor.
Then the Titans went on another run, pushing the score to 20-12, and the Lady Flames struggled to recover. Cal State Fullerton was able to walk away with a 25-14 win in the opening set.
Torrie Brown and Erin Saddler led the way for the Titans in the first frame, as both tallied five kills. Bacon led the Lady Flames with four kills and six digs.
Cal State Fullerton once again jumped out to an early lead in the second set, starting off with a 5-1 advantage. Two Bacon kills and a service ace by Kendle Rollins brought the score to 5-4, and the Lady Flames were able to tie it up, 9-all, on an attack error by Saddler.
But two straight Titan kills by Brown and Leah Maurer, plus a Liberty attack error, pushed Cal State Fullerton back to a four-point lead, prompting Shane Pinder to call a timeout for the Lady Flames.
Liberty continued to put up a fight, but another Brown kill closed the door on the second set, as the Titans walked away with the 25-17 win.
Brown led all players with five kills, hitting .571 during the set. Bacon paced the Lady Flames with three kills, while Loren Thomas contributed two solo blocks.
The Titans came back out for the third set on a roll, again jumping out to a quick 14-5 lead.
Bacon, Thomas, Rollins and Lillie Happel had kills for Liberty, but the Lady Flames could not find an answer, and a Maurer kill ended the third set at 25-12.
Brown and Saddler once again led all players with five kills in the third set, followed by Bacon with four.
Overall, the Titans were led by Saddler, who notched 16 kills in the contest.
Bacon led Liberty with nine kills, while Kelly Haseman had 16 digs and Jade Craycraft added 21 assists.
The Lady Flames will make the trek back to Lynchburg tomorrow, and will open Big South Conference play on Sept. 24 at Gardner-Webb. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.