Haley Jeffcoat recorded her second career double-double, with 11 kills and 15 digs on Friday against CSU.
Liberty rallied from a 1-0 deficit, winning the final three sets to claim a 3-1 (19-25, 30-28, 25-18, 25-13) victory over Charleston Southern, Friday at the Vines Center.
The Lady Flames (10-9, 5-1) extended their home winning streak to eight matches, dating to the 2014 season. Charleston Southern (5-17) remains in search of its first conference win, at 0-5.
Liberty tied a season high with 101 digs, also tying for the program record in the 25-point rally-scoring format. It marked Liberty's most digs in a four-set match since Aug. 25, 2007 against Evansville. The Lady Flames outhit CSU, .213-.070, sending down 60 kills. The hosts also held a 9-5 lead in blocks, while the Buccaneers led, 6-3, in service aces.
Three Lady Flames recorded double-doubles, for the first time since Nov. 15, 2013 at UNC Asheville. Caroline Douglas sent down a season-high 20 kills for Liberty, adding 12 digs for her 13th career double-double. Anna Willey dished out a career-high 55 assists and added 12 digs, for her eighth double-double of the season. Haley Jeffcoat recorded her second double-double, with 11 kills and 15 digs.
Margaret Latchford collected 31 digs, for her third 30-dig match of the season. Jade Vorster scored eight kills while also posting a season-high eight blocks. Michelle Melendez registered 11 digs.
Katrina Houston scored a team-high 16 kills for the Buccaneers, while Addison Kaderli recorded 10 kills and nine digs. Ashley Higginbothem collected 25 digs, while Cassidy Greer totaled 31 assists and 10 digs. Meredith Parrot registered nine kills and eight digs, while Kylie Klein posted five blocks. Taylor Allman collected 11 digs.
CSU broke open a close first set, extending its lead to six, 17-11, with a 6-1 run. The Buccaneers held off a late rally, winning, 25-19. CSU outhit Liberty, .158-.100 during the opening session, as Houston scored four kills for the visitors.
The Buccaneers appeared poised to take a 2-0 match advantage, leading 22-19 in set two. Douglas and Jade Vorster both scored two kills in a 6-2 run, as Liberty took a 25-24 lead. The score went back and forth, with Liberty fighting off a pair of set-point chances. Sirena Vorster gave Liberty a 29-28 lead with a kill, before a CSU error ended the set, 30-28.
Liberty outhit CSU, .254-.101 during the second session, its longest set of the season. Douglas scored six kills, while Houston countered with seven kills for the Buccaneers.
After being tied, 12-12, the Lady Flames outscored their guests, 13-6, over the last 19 serves of set three to take a 25-18 decision. Liberty hit .229 while limiting the Buccaneers to a .028 showing. Douglas led all players with six third-set kills.
The Lady Flames then clinched the match, racing to a 25-13 victory in the fourth stanza. The hosts scored at a .250 pace during set four, while the Buccaneers hit -.023. Douglas sent down five kills, while Jeffcoat collected 11 digs.
The Lady Flames close out the weekend by hosting the defending Big South champion, Coastal Carolina, tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Vines Center. It will be a battle for first place, as the Chanticleers enter at 6-0 in Big South play and Liberty is one match behind, at 5-1.