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Haseman Breaks Digs Record in Liberty Sweep at Campbell

October 8, 2011
|  Buies Creek, N.C.
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Liberty's Kelly Haseman broke the Liberty program record for career digs, passing Nikki Keznor (1991-94) with 1,746 digs.

Liberty claimed a 3-0 conference road win (26-24, 25-23, 30-28) over Campbell Saturday at Gore Arena, winning each set by exactly two points.

The Lady Flames improve their record to 9-10 on the season, including 4-1 in conference play. Liberty is now tied with Winthrop at the top of the Big South standings. Campbell falls to 9-12, with a 2-3 Big South record.

Liberty senior libero Kelly Haseman broke the program record for career digs during Saturday's match, passing Nikki Keznor's (1991-94) mark of 1,739. Haseman led all players with 18 digs on the day and has now totaled 1,746 career digs.

Loren Thomas earned a career-high-tying 14 kills, hitting .357, in addition to six blocks, while Melissa Racz sent down a career-best nine kills for the Lady Flames. Becca Haraf tied a career high with 14 digs.

The hosts recorded 47 kills, to 45 for Liberty. Both teams notched 70 digs, while the Lady Flames totaled eight team blocks and four aces.

Liberty opened up a 12-8 lead in set one, using a 3-0 run to gain a four-point advantage. Thomas scored five kills and added a block assist during that span. The Camels, trailing 16-12, staged a 4-0 rally to draw even at 16-16, with an Annie Kobeski kill capping the run. The two teams traded two-point runs, and the Lady Flames led, 20-18, after a Campbell error.

The Camels tied the score at 20 apiece on a pair of kills from Kobeski. Ansley Gebben's attack found the court, good for a 21-20 Liberty edge. Thomas gave the visitors a 23-21 advantage with her sixth kill of the set. Campbell knotted the set, 23-23. Happel sent down a kill for a 25-24 lead, and served up an ace to clinch set one, 26-24.

Liberty hit .275 during the opening set, earning 15 kills. Campbell posted 18 kills at a .229 clip. Thomas posted six kills for Liberty, while Haseman collected six digs. Kobeski recorded five set-one kills for the Camels.

The teams played to a 15-15 tie through the first 30 rallies of set two, with neither team leading by more than three points early on. The Lady Flames went on a 5-0 surge to claim a 19-15 lead. Thomas capped the run, sending down a kill for a four-point margin.

Two quick points by the Camels prompted Liberty head coach Shane Pinder to use a timeout at 19-17. The hosts then evened the score, 19-19, after a Kelley kill and a Liberty miscue. Thomas boosted the guests' lead to 22-20 with a winner, and Racz earned a kill, good for a 24-22 edge. Happel cashed in on a kill to seal set two, 25-23, good for a 2-0 match lead.

Liberty recorded 17 kills during set two, hitting .229. Thomas added five kills, while Haseman had eight set-two digs. Kelley and Jordan Reaves tallied four kills apiece for Campbell.

The third set began similarly to the second session, with the two teams trading points on the way to a 13-13 score. Campbell took a 15-13 lead after two attack errors by Liberty, and Pinder signaled for a timeout. The Camels then extended their edge to four, 18-14, with two kills from Kelley.

Melissa Racz and Erica Manor contributed kills to bring set the score at 18-17, leading to a Campbell timeout. The Camels battled back from a 24-23 deficit, taking a 25-24 lead after a Kobeski kill and a Liberty error. Campbell then saw three set points go by the boards. Gebben and Thomas teamed up for a match-clinching block assist, ending set three and the match, 30-28. 

Campbell committed five service errors during set three, nullifying the home team's 17-13 advantage in kills. Jade Craycraft led Liberty with four set-three kills, and Kobeski had six kills for the Camels. Haraf had eight digs, and Garza posted 11 digs in the third set.

For the match, Craycraft dished out 36 assists in addition to six kills and nine digs. Happel registered seven kills and eight digs, while Gebben had six kills and nine digs. Haseman added two aces to her 18 digs.

Kelley tied for the match high with 14 kills for Campbell, hitting .310, while Kobeski earned 13 kills for the Camels. Heather Wilson totaled a match-high 37 assists. Garza paced four Camels in double figures with 17 digs.

The Lady Flames will now step outside of Big South play for their final non-conference match of the regular season. Liberty welcomes Commonwealth rival VCU to the Vines Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. Campbell remains home, where the Camels will meet Winthrop and Presbyterian College in conference play next weekend.