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High Point Posts 3-0 Sweep of Liberty
The Liberty volleyball team dropped a three-set match (25-22, 25-23, 25-16) at High Point Friday, in a rematch of the 2010 Big South Championship final.
The Lady Flames are now 8-10 on the season, with a 3-1 Big South record, while High Point (4-14) evened its conference ledger at 2-2.
Senior libero Kelly Haseman, returning to the lineup for the first time in two weeks, led the Lady Flames with 18 digs. Haseman moved past former High Point player Audie Gonzalez (2007-10) into seventh place in Big South history, with 1,728 career digs. She is just 11 digs shy of Nikki Keznor's program career record of 1,739.
Lillie Happel sent down a match-high-tying 11 kills for her seventh straight 10-kill match.
High Point hit .248 on the evening, posting 43 kills, while Liberty posted a .110 attack percentage. The Panthers totaled 53 digs to Liberty's 39, and eight blocks to three for the visitors.
The Panthers built an 8-2 lead out of the gates in set one, as Jamie McDonald recorded three kills during High Point's early rally. Trailing 15-8, the Lady Flames pulled to within five following a kill by Loren Thomas and a Thomas-Jade Craycraft block. A pair of Panther points staked High Point to a 17-10 edge, drawing Liberty's second timeout.
Liberty then utilized a 6-2 run to slice the deficit to three, 19-16. High Point earned multiple set point opportunities at 24-17, but the Lady Flames fought back with a 5-0 rally, drawing a Panther timeout. High Point's Kristin Heldt then sent down a kill to clinch the first set, 25-22.
The host team connected at a .118 pace during set one, and was led by Chelsea Davis' 4-for-8 attack performance. Liberty recorded as many kills, nine, as attack errors. Happel led the Lady Flames with three set-one kills. The Panthers recorded four team blocks in the first set.
Set two remained tightly-contested throughout, with High Point leading by one point, 15-14, following 29 serves. The Panthers scored the next three points, including kills by Courtney Johnk and Davis. Liberty trimmed the margin to two, 18-16, benefitting from a kill by Happel and a High Point error.
The Panthers boosted their lead to 22-17, but the Lady Flames immediately responded. A Thomas kill sparked a 5-0 rally, and Happel evened the score at 22-all with a kill. High Point took a 2-0 match lead with a 25-23 victory, as Johnk registered the final two kills of the second session.
The home team hit .333 in recording 16 kills during set two, compared to 13 kills at a .229 clip for Liberty. Heldt posted six kills to lead all players in the second frame. Happel scored five kills and Haseman collected six digs.
High Point held a slim 12-11 lead during the middle stages of set three, before going on a 4-0 rally to earn a 16-11 advantage. Michelle Chakirelis earned a kill and a block assist as part of the host team surge.
The white-clad Panthers continued to put pressure on the Lady Flames, surging to a 21-12 edge with a 5-0 run that included two more kills from Chakirelis. High Point completed the match sweep with a 25-16 victory in set three, ending the match on a 13-5 run.
During set three, High Point hit .289, to .105 for the Lady Flames. Davis earned four set-three kills, while Happel and Ansley Gebben checked in with three kills apiece. Haseman posted her third straight six-dig set.
For the match, Thomas led Liberty with three block assists; Craycraft hit 5-for-13 (.385), also dishing out 19 assists.
Heldt led three High Point players in double-digits with 11 kills, followed by Davis and Johnk with 10 kills apiece. Molly Barlow posted a match-high 20 digs, and Laura Bell had 36 assists.
Liberty will travel to Buies Creek, N.C. for a match at Campbell, tomorrow at 5 p.m. High Point next plays host to Radford at 4 p.m. inside the Millis Center.