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Lady Flames Stop Camels, 3-0

October 5, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Lillie Happel recorded seven kills, hitting .368 on Friday against Campbell.

Liberty used an efficient offense and strong defense to sweep visiting Campbell, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) on Friday at the Vines Center.

With the win, the Lady flames raise their record to 13-6, including 3-1 in conference play. Liberty has now won nine straight home matches overall, and 16 conference home contests in a row. Campbell falls to 7-14, with a 0-4 Big South record.

Liberty hit .312 as a team while scoring 42 kills, and held the Camels to 24 kills at a .106 hitting percentage. The hosts served up seven aces to Campbell's two, and held a 49-33 edge in digs. Campbell led, 5-3, in blocks.

Lady Flames redshirt freshman Caroline Douglas tallied a match-high 16 kills at a .464 clip, good for her ninth straight double-digit kill match. Loren Thomas hit .522 with nine kills, while Jade Craycraft totaled 30 assists and 11 digs in addition to five kills. Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 20 digs to go along with two service aces.

For Campbell, Brooke Kelley led with seven kills, while Lindsey Coats paced all players with four blocks. Mallorie Cubillos collected 12 digs to lead the Camels.

The Lady Flames took control of set one early, and raced to a 25-13 victory behind a .364 attack percentage and four service aces. Campbell hit just .071 during the opening frame and committed four service errors. Three Lady Flames recorded three kills apiece during the opening set, while Kelley had three kills for the Camels.

Set two proved to be the tightest stanza on Friday, with 10 ties and six lead changes. Liberty broke a 12-12 tie with a four-point rally that featured a pair of Douglas kills. The Camels battled back to within one, 19-18, on a kill by Kelsey Marek. However, the Lady Flames scored the final six points of the set to take a 2-0 match lead.

The Lady Flames totaled 26 digs during set two, including 11 by Shipe, and Douglas sent down seven of Liberty's 17 kills. The Camels were held to seven kills and a .048 hitting percentage for the set.

Liberty led by as many as 11 points in the final session, and stayed ahead throughout on the way to a 25-19 set three victory and match sweep. Douglas hit .857 during the frame, with six kills on seven swings, helping the Lady Flames hit .458. Campbell hit .250 in the third set, led by Coats' 3-0-4 hitting line.

Liberty wraps up a span of three matches in four days on Saturday afternoon, when the Lady Flames host High Point at 1 p.m. inside the Vines Center.