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Lady Flames to Close Home Schedule on Weekend
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Liberty closes out the home portion of its 2011 schedule this weekend. The Lady Flames host Campbell, Friday at 7 p.m. at Liberty Christian Academy, and then faces the High Point Panthers, Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Vines Center.
Four Liberty seniors; Courtney Boggs, Courtney Cooper, Kelly Haseman and Rebecca Warren, will be honored before Saturday's match. Liberty will look to avenge its lone Big South loss this season, against High Point.
Liberty at a Glance
Liberty maintained its lead in the Big South standings with a 3-2 victory on Friday against Radford, after trailing, 2-0, going into intermission.
The Lady Flames lead the Big South, at 9-1, followed by Winthrop (9-2) and UNC Asheville (7-3). If Liberty should win out, neither team could take over first place.
On Friday, the Lady Flames posted a season-high 11 service aces versus Radford.
Liberty also registered 12 team blocks against the Highlanders, good for its third 10-block match in a row, and 10th this season.
Liberty ranks first in the Big South and is 33rd in the nation with a 2.57 blocks per set average. Loren Thomas ranks 19th nationally with 1.38 blocks per set.
Big South opponents have attacked at just a .130 pace against Liberty in 2011.
Liberty enters the weekend on a five-match winning streak, its longest of the season.
Kelly Haseman entered the top five on the Big South all-time digs list on Friday, while Thomas climbed into a tie for fifth in program history in career blocks. Jade Craycraft moved into eighth place at Liberty in career assists.
Friday will mark Liberty's first home match not to take place at the Vines Center since the Lady Flames faced Oklahoma, Sept. 13, 2003 at the Schilling Center to conclude the 2003 Liberty Invitational.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for both of this weekend's matches, and can be accessed through links on LibertyFlames.com.
Four Lady Flames seniors will be honored on Saturday before their final home match. Courtney Boggs, Courtney Cooper, Kelly Haseman and Rebecca Warren have played a key role in Liberty's success over the last four years.
Liberty has gone 84-43 during their careers, including a 49-9 mark in Big South play and 33-6 home record. All four seniors were on the team during its most recent NCAA Tournament appearance, a 3-1 setback at No. 4 Nebraska, in 2008.
These four players have aided the team to three straight 20-win seasons, Big South regular season championships and Big South Championship finals appearances to this point in their careers.
2 Rebecca Warren Sr. OH/DS Virginia Beach, Va./Greenbrier Christian
- Posted a career-high 14 kills in season-ending match, at VCU Nov. 28, 2009.
- Has served up 14 aces during her career, using her jump-serve to great effect.
- Ranked third on team in aces per set in both freshman and sophomore seasons.
- Majoring in elementary education.
4 Courtney Boggs Sr. S Marysville, Ohio/Worthington Christian
- Led Lady Flames with 686 assists during sophomore campaign of 2009.
- Named CVU.com Top Performer Oct. 27, 2009.
- Has posted seven career double-doubles; has three career 60-assist matches.
- Majoring in government; pre-law.
10 Kelly Haseman Sr. DS/L Three Rivers, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian
- Liberty's all-time career leader with 1,845 career digs; ranks 5th all-time in Big South.
- First Liberty player with back-to-back 500-dig seasons, including 653 digs in 2010.
- Big South: 2008 Freshman Team; 2009 All-Tournament Team; 2010 Second Team
- Majoring in kinesiology.
15 Courtney Cooper Sr. DS/L Forest, Va./Liberty Christian Academy
- Collected 111 digs during each of first two seasons on the court at Liberty.
- Recorded a career-high 21 digs Sept. 23, 2011 at Radford.
- Made a key solo block during set five in a 3-2 win over Winthrop Sept. 25, 2009.
- Majoring in business management
Shane Pinder holds an 81-31 (.723) coaching record in Big South matches. He is currently two wins away from the Liberty record for Big South coaching wins. Chris Phillips went 83-46 (.643) in conference matches during her 10 seasons at Liberty, as she coached the Lady Flames from 1992-97, and again from 1999-2003.
Two Lady Flames entered the top five all-time in the records against Radford, Friday.
Kelly Haseman moved into fifth place in Big South history in digs on Friday, passing Carrie O'Connell of Charleston Southern. After adding 20 digs against Radford. Haseman has recorded 1,845 career digs.
With nine blocks on Friday, Loren Thomas moved into a tie for fifth place with Ashley Webber (2005-08) in Liberty volleyball history. Thomas has recorded 318 blocks in her career. Her total of 121 blocks this season ranks third in program rally-scoring history, and seven behind Webber's standard of 128, set in 2007.
Sophomore setter Jade Craycraft passed Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame member Theresa Bream, into eighth place on the program assists list. Craycraft has dished out 1,924 assists in her career, and is nearing the 2,000 assist mark. Only four setters in program history have reached 2,000 career assists during their sophomore season.
On the Attack
Freshman middle blocker Melissa Racz tied her career high, with 12 kills against Radford. It marked her second 12-kill match in her last three contests, as she sent down 12 kills at Winthrop, Oct. 21.
Racz has registered 10 or more kills three times during Liberty's five-match winning streak. She tied with Lillie Happel for the team lead in kills on Friday, making her the fifth Liberty player to pace the team in kills during a match this season.
A Month to Remember
The Lady Flames posted a 7-2 record, including 7-1 in Big South play during October. October has been Liberty's most successful month under Shane Pinder. His teams have posted a 57-25 October record (.695). In the last five seasons, Liberty is 41-8 (.837) during the 10th month, including a perfect 10-0, winning all 30 sets played in October, 2007.
Campbell enters the weekend with a 12-14 overall record, and are tied for fourth in the Big South with a 5-5 mark. The Camels have won three out of their last four matches, all in five sets. Campbell is 5-0 in five-set matches this season. During Big South play, Campbell is second in the conference in digs per set, at 16.81.
Junior Jordan Reaves paces Campbell and stands seventh in the conference with 2.76 kills per set. Senior Annie Kobeski is sixth among the league leaders, at 0.88 blocks per set, followed by Kelsey Marek (0.84). Setter Heather Wilson ranks 6th in the Big South with 8.01 assists per set and seventh with 0.29 aces per set. Kelsey Campbell leads the Camels with 3.32 digs on average.
The Lady Flames hold an 8-3 all-time record against Campbell, including 4-1 as Big South opponents. Liberty posted a 3-0 victory over Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C., on Oct. 8, winning all three sets by exactly two points each. Liberty libero Kelly Haseman recorded 18 digs, breaking the Lady Flames' career digs record that afternoon. Loren Thomas tied her career high with 14 kills, while Brooke Kelley posted 14 kills for the Camels.
Scouting High Point
High Point brings a 6-18 record to Virginia. The Panthers are 4-6 in Big South play, and are tied with Gardner-Webb for sixth in the conference. They went on a three-match winning streak during early October, but have dropped their last four matches. High Point ranks second in the Big South in digs, averaging 15.29 digs per set.
Senior libero Breanna Holliday paces High Point with 3.92 digs per set, good for eighth in the Big South. Junior Courtney Johnk leads the Panthers with 2.85 kills and 0.28 aces per set, ranking fifth in the conference in kills. Lauren Bell is third in the Big South with 9.18 assists per set. Kristin Heldt (2.47 kills per set) and Chelsea Davis (2.04) average over two kills per set. Davis was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Oct. 10.
Liberty leads the all-time series, 25-7, over High Point. However, the Panthers have won each of the last two meetings. High Point downed Liberty in the Big South Championship final, Nov. 19, 2010, and won in three sets over the Lady Flames Oct. 7, 2011. Liberty is 9-7 against High Point under Shane Pinder, and 3-3 when Pinder and High Point head coach Jason Oliver's teams match up.