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Lady Flames Efficient in 3-1 Win at Georgetown
In its final tune-up before Big South Conference play begins, the Liberty volleyball team hit .352 during a 3-1 win (25-21, 18-25, 28-26, 25-20) at Georgetown of the BIG EAST on Tuesday night.
The Lady Flames improve to 9-4 on the campaign while ending a three-match winless streak. The Hoyas dropped their sixth match in a row to fall to 6-7.
Liberty recorded 60 kills, compared to Georgetown's 56 kills at a .278 pace. The Lady Flames led the hosts in blocks, 9-7, and in aces, 7-4.
Caroline Douglas shared the match high in kills with 18, one shy of her career high. Loren Thomas contributed 15 kills, hitting a career-high .700. Kendle Rollins led all players with six blocks, while Monica Johnson totaled a career-high five blocks. Jade Craycraft recorded 37 assists, and Gabrielle Shipe led Liberty with 11 digs.
Dani White paced Georgetown by registering 18 kills, while Alex Johnson added 11 kills and a match-high 13 digs. Haley Lowrance dished out 52 assists for Georgetown.
Douglas gave Liberty a 17-15 lead with her fifth kill during set one. Georgetown later regained the lead at 20-19 following a kill from White. The Lady Flames closed the set on a 6-1 rally, thanks in part to a Rollins-Johnson block and a pair of kills by Thomas. Gebben sent down a kill to seal a 25-21 set-one victory.
The Lady Flames attacked at a .469 clip during set one, as Thomas and Douglas evenly split 10 kills. White scored six kills in set one, helping the Hoyas hit .306.
Georgetown bounced back to tie the match, posting a 25-18 victory in set two. The Hoyas built a 15-9 advantage, breaking open a 7-7 tie with an 8-2 run. The Lady Flames drew to within 18-15 with a three-point rally, but the hosts clinched the set by scoring the final three points.
The Hoyas hit .407 during the second session, getting five kills each from Annalee Abell and Johnson. Douglas added five more kills for the Lady Flames, who hit .273.
The Hoyas drew into a 21-21 tie with a 3-0 rally in set three, but Liberty scored the ensuing three points, gaining set point on a Craycraft ace. Georgetown fought off a total of four set-point attempts before gaining one of its own at 26-25. The Lady Flames tallied the final three points of the set, getting back-to-back Johnson-Thomas blocks to close out the set and take a 2-1 match lead.
Douglas led all players with six kills during the third set, as Liberty hit .275 compared to .229 for the Hoyas.
Liberty led throughout set four, racing out to a 9-2 lead and winning 25-20. The Lady Flames outhit the Hoyas in the final set, .387 to .200. Happel and Thomas both had four kills during the fourth set, while White totaled six kills in the stanza for Georgetown. Liberty served up four aces during set four to help close out the match.
The Lady Flames return to the Vines Center to host Radford on Friday at 7 p.m., in both teams' Big South Conference opener. Liberty posted a five-set victory over the Highlanders in last year's conference opener, and later downed Radford in the 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship final.