(L-R): Jessie Proehl, Nzea McQuitery and Holly VanNoord are each members of this year's Fall Freshman 15.
Returning to the Flames Report for the third consecutive year is the "Fall Freshman 15" feature. The following 15 student-athletes have not gained the 15 pounds stereotypically associated with college freshmen. On the contrary, all of the following individuals (listed alphabetically) have already become key contributors for their respective teams during their first few weeks on Liberty Mountain.
Susan Babcock (Volleyball) – The younger sister of Liberty swimming's Meghan Babcock is tied for second on the team with 37 kills. She contributed 11 kills to the Lady Flames' 3-1 win over the BIG EAST's Georgetown on Sept. 3.
Bethany Barr (Field Hockey) – Part of a sibling trio on the field hockey squad, Barr has been a key fixture on Liberty's stout defense which has yielded just two total goals during the season's first three matches.
Serena Barr (Field Hockey) – Barr scored her first career goal during the second half of Liberty's 2-1 win at UC Davis on Sept. 6. She has started all three matches alongside sisters Bethany and Natalie.
Kat Bouton (Women's Cross Country) – Bouton made a promising collegiate debut at the UVa Duals, placing 15th overall and eighth among the Lady Flames. She is the cousin of Liberty assistant coach Rebekah Ricksecker.
Julia Delgatti (Women's Soccer) – Delgatti ranks fourth in points (3) for the 4-1 women's soccer team, as she has tallied a goal and an assist during her first three collegiate appearances.
Jesus Dominguez (Men's Soccer) – Liberty has opened the 2013 men's soccer season with back-to-back shutout victories, and Dominguez is a key reason why. He has started both matches at defender.
David Gray (Men's Soccer) – Gray has also started the first two matches at defender for head coach Jeff Alder's men's soccer team, helping the Flames notch two shutout wins.
Nzea McQuitery (Volleyball) – McQuitery, a middle blocker from Raleigh, N.C., ranks third among the Lady Flames with 13 blocks during the season's first seven matches.
Nick Newman (Football) – A safety, Newman has added depth to the Flames' secondary this season. He has recorded five tackles (three solo, two assisted) during his first two collegiate contests.
Chelsea Page (Women's Cross Country) – Page, who transferred to Liberty from Virginia Tech in January, looks to be one of the Lady Flames' top runners this fall. She came in 10th overall and third on the team at the season-opening UVa Duals.
Jessie Proehl (Women's Cross Country) – Proehl was the first finisher among Liberty's impressive group of freshmen at the UVa Duals, coming in second on the team and ninth overall in the race.
Wesley Scott (Football) – Scott, a 5-11 cornerback, has contributed two tackles and a pass breakup to the Flames' 1-1 gridiron start.
Murphy Short (Men's Soccer) – The younger brother of former Liberty women's soccer player Madison Short and a transfer from SMU, Short has earned significant playing time on the Flames' back line. He has helped Liberty open the season with a pair of shutout wins.
Alexis Taylor (Women's Cross Country) – Taylor made a strong charge during the final 1,000 meters at the UVa Duals, enabling her to finish among the Lady Flames' lead pack of six runners and in 14th place overall.
Holly VanNoord (Women's Soccer) – VanNoord has done an exceptional job in goal for the 4-1 Lady Flames, pitching four shutouts and making 22 saves. On Monday, she was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week.
Paul Carmany is an assistant athletics communications director for Liberty Athletics.
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