The Liberty volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-19) sweep over the visiting UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Saturday at the Vines Center.
Liberty (14-10, 9-3 Big South) remains in second place in Big South standings following its ninth win in its last 10 matches. UNC Asheville falls to 11-13, 5-8 in Big South play after back-to-back losses to Radford and Liberty this weekend.
For the match, Liberty outhit UNC Asheville, .229-.138. The Lady Flames also led, 11-3 in blocks, 8-0 in service aces and 54-45 in digs.
Gabrielle Vess scored a match-high 13 kills to go with nine digs, good for her eighth straight double-digit kill match this year. Anna Willey registered 31 assists, 14 digs and four blocks, giving her nine double-doubles on the season. Willey is now ranked eighth in program history with 2,070 career assists, passing Julie Sitler (1985-88) today. Leah Clayton recorded nine kills, three aces and 10 digs, while Sirena Vorster totaled three aces and six blocks. Anna Gragg contributed seven kills and four blocks.
Ansley Rooks led Asheville with 10 kills, while Cara Guthrie chipped in with eight kills and a match-high 18 digs. Carter Kennedy paced the Bulldogs with 16 assists.
Liberty led the opening set from start to finish, leading by as many as nine at 20-11. The Lady Flames claimed the set, 25-18, on a set-clinching kill by Sydney Morris. During the first session, Liberty outhit Asheville, .250-.091, as Clayton led all players with five kills.
The hosts led set two, 17-11, following a Clayton kill. Asheville narrowed the gap to 18-15 when Rooks scored a kill. Liberty boosted its lead to 22-16 when a combo block by Morris and Vorster capped a 4-1 Lady Flames run. The Lady Flames held serve from there on, winning, 25-19.
Liberty hit .300 during set two, while the Bulldogs hit .195. The Lady Flames registered three aces and four blocks for the set. Asheville's Guthrie scored five kills.
The final set saw the Lady Flames put the match away with a 25-19 victory. Liberty's serving and blocking game both played major factors, as the team recorded three aces and six blocks to help hold UNC Asheville to a .109 hitting percentage. Vess scored five set-three kills, while Vorster assisted on four blocks.
Liberty competes in its final regular-season away match, playing at Campbell, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gore Arena. The Lady Flames won the first meeting between the two teams, sweeping the Camels on Oct. 10 at the Vines Center.