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Lady Flames to Play Final Road Match at Radford
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The Liberty Lady Flames will play their final road match of the regular season, Tuesday evening, traveling to Radford, Va. to take on the Radford Highlanders at 7 p.m.
Liberty will look to win its second match in a row after overcoming Coastal Carolina on Saturday in a close five-setter. The team needs one more win to clinch at least a share of the Big South regular-season title.
Keeping Up with the Lady Flames
Tomorrow's match will be available to view on the Big South Network for a small fee. To access, click the link at the top of this page, or find the same link on the Schedule/Results page.
In addition, live stats for the contest will be provided by the Radford Athletics Communications office. Live stats can also be accessed by clicking the link at the top of this page, or by clicking the same link on the Schedule/Results page.
Liberty at a Glance
Big South leader Liberty is 21-8 overall, and 12-2 in Big South Conference play. Both conference losses this season have come to Winthrop, which currently sits in the No. 4 slot in the conference standings.
Liberty has consistently outperformed its opponents this season, as the Lady Flames have amassed 1,427 kills (opponents: 1,220), 1,320 assists (opponents: 1,142), 182 aces (opponents: 88), 1,546 digs (opponents: 1,471) and 219.5 total blocks (opponents: 180).
Prior to the Oct. 30 road loss to the Eagles, Liberty was on an eight-match winning streak, the team's longest of the season. It was also the most extensive streak since the 2008 season, when the squad started the year 8-0.
On a Roll
Liberty has won 20 or more matches overall for the last four years, and this marks only the second time in program history that Liberty has posted 20 wins for four straight seasons.
Spearheaded by freshman setter Jade Craycraft, the Lady Flames have posted two 60-assist matches in the last three contests. The team has tallied 60+ assists in four matches this year.
Individually, Craycraft has recorded 50 or more assists five times during her rookie campaign, including a career-high 57 helpers against UNC Asheville on Oct. 16. Most recently, she put up 52 assists in Liberty's 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. She ranks third in the Big South with 10.19 assists per set.
Sophomore middle blocker Loren Thomas has come up big for the Lady Flames as the season winds down, hitting .400 or better in the last three contests. She posted a season-high .500 attack percentage against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, and has jumped for 13 blocks in the last three matches.
Thomas is among the Big South leaders, ranking No. 3 with a .324 attack percentage.
Rollins Racking Up
Middle blocker Kendle Rollins has come alive in the last three matches, posting double-digits in kills in each appearance, including a career-high 16 against Winthrop on Oct. 30. She also posted the most attempts of her rookie campaign against the Eagles with 33, and hit her second-highest of the year with a .538 attack percentage.
Rollins, who nabbed her first-ever Big South honor two weeks ago by being named the Defensive Player of the Week, has accounted for 12 or more Liberty points in the last eight straight matches.
With 105 blocks this year, she's moved to third in program history under the rally scoring format.
Kelly Keeps Cruising
Libero Kelly Haseman has enjoyed several milestones this season, including becoming the first player in Liberty history to post two 500+ dig seasons. Haseman has ranked as high as 12th nationally in digs per set, and her effort this season has resulted in 539 digs, which lists her in the fourth-place spot in Liberty program history on the single-season top five list. She needs 22 more digs to beat her own No. 2 performance of 560 digs during the 2009 campaign, as well as set a new Liberty rally-scoring single-season record.
Haseman already also recorded 30-plus digs in three straight matches (Sept. 14-17 vs. James Madison, UC Irvine and West Virginia), making her the first Lady Flame in history to accomplish the feat. She is also the second player in program history to post 30 or more digs in three matches in a single season, following Theresa Bream, who recorded five 30-plus dig matches during the 1990 season.
Haseman ranks second in the Big South, averaging 5.04 digs per set.
Freshman outside hitter Lillie Happel posted her sixth double-double on Saturday, tying a career-high with 15 kills and setting a new personal record with 18 digs. She also earned her first-ever Big South honor on Oct. 25, as she was named the Big South Freshman of the Week for her performances against High Point, Presbyterian College and Gardner-Webb.
Also, Happel is ranked first in the Big South with 0.39 aces per set.
Karyl Bacon, Lillie Happel and Jade Craycraft are the team leaders in double-doubles this season. Bacon ranks third in the Big South with 15, while Happel is tied for ninth with six and Craycraft ranks 12th with three double-doubles on the year.
Both Bacon and Happel posted their most recent double-doubles at Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Craycraft's most recent double-double performance took place on Oct. 16 at UNC Asheville, when the freshman setter tallied a career-high 57 assists and 10 digs.
Still Serving Strong
Liberty has been dominant at the service line this year, and the squad currently leads the Big South, averaging 1.70 aces per set.
The Lady Flames have recorded double digits in service aces in six matches this year, including a season-high 18 against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 23. Happel accounted for six of those aces, a career-high for the freshman, marking the most aces by a Lady Flame since Kallie Corbin posted nine against Navy on Sept. 15, 2006.
The 18 aces marks the most aces recorded by a Liberty squad since Sept. 13, 2002, when the Lady Flames blasted 21 aces in a 3-0 sweep over Delaware State at the Vines Center.
Big Numbers against the Bucs
In the 3-2 win over Charleston Southern on Oct. 29, several Lady Flames hit some interesting season milestones. Setter Jade Craycraft notched her 1,000th assist, libero Kelly Haseman hit her 500th dig, Karyl Bacon tallied her 400th kill and Kendle Rollins posted her 100th block.
In addition, defensive specialist Courtney Cooper tied a career high with 15 digs against the Bucs. She originally posted the feat on Sept. 20, 2009, against Elon.
A Solid Attack
The Lady Flames have hit above .300 in nine matches this season, and have been victorious in each contest doing so. Also, Liberty has posted a .400 or better attack percentage once, in a 3-0 sweep over Charleston Southern on Oct. 2.
Liberty has jumped for double digits in blocks in nine matches this season, including four contests in a row from Oct. 9 to Oct. 22. The Lady Flames lead the Big South in the category, averaging 2.06 blocks per set. Middle blocker Kendle Rollins ranks third in the conference, averaging 1.00 blocks per set.
Fantastic in Five
By defeating Coastal Carolina, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon, the Lady Flames improved to 3-0 in five-set matches against conference opponents this season. Liberty earlier won a 3-2 match over Presbyterian College on the road on Sept. 25, and overcame the Bucs of Charleston Southern, 3-2, on Oct. 29.
The team has now won seven straight five-set matches against Big South opponents.
The Highlanders (10-19, 4-10 Big South) were picked to finish ninth in the annual coaches poll this year, and the Lady Flames took a 3-0 decision on Oct. 5 in the Vines Center. In that match, Karyl Bacon led the team with 13 kills and Jade Craycraft hit .778 with seven kills. Kendle Rollins led the team with 13 kills and six blocks, while Loren Thomas recorded seven kills and a .385 attack percentage. Laura Waddell notched 13 kills for the Highlanders, but as a team, Radford only mustered a .140 hitting percentage.
This season, Megan McWhorter leads the team with 215 kills, followed by Waddell with 203. Setter Desiree Aramburu has tallied 906 assists while Katelyn Meeks leads the squad with 311 total digs.
The Lady Flames are 35-25 all-time against the Highlanders, winning the last 18 meetings in a row. Radford was last victorious on Nov. 6, 2001, taking a 3-2 decision over the Lady Flames in Lynchburg. 11 days later, Liberty started its 18-match winning streak against the Highlanders with a 3-0 sweep in the Big South Championship match at the Vines Center.
In last year's match between the two teams at the Dedmon Center, Karyl Bacon recorded a career-high 30 digs, a number that still stands. In addition, Kelly Haseman posted a career-high 33 digs at the same facility, only her feat was accomplished against Coastal Carolina in the Big South Championship on Nov. 21, 2009.