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Campbell Rallies for 3-2 Win at Liberty

October 28, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Victoria Baptista collected 16 digs against Campbell, Saturday.

Victoria Baptista collected 16 digs against Campbell, Saturday.

Liberty went into intermission up 2-0, before Campbell came back to win the final three sets and the match, 3-2 (19-25, 17-25, 25-15, 25-21, 15-12), Saturday at the Vines Center.

With the win, Campbell (17-9, 7-5 Big South) pulls into a tie with Liberty for third in the Big South standings. The Lady Flames (10-15, 7-5) saw their season-best four-match winning streak come to an end. The Camels swept the regular-season series from Liberty.

For the match, Liberty outhit Campbell, .224-.189, while the Lady Flames also led in blocks, 10-6. The Camels led in kills (63-58), aces (5-3) and digs (76-72).

Campbell's Allena Heath scored a match-high 25 kills, while adding three aces and 10 digs. Jessica Stocking posted a double-double with 19 kills and 14 digs. Summer Schuitema dished out a match-high 50 assists while adding nine digs. Kayla Schanback collected a match-high 29 digs.

Casey Goodwin tied her season high with 19 kills for Liberty, hitting .341. Gabrielle Vess recorded her team-leading eighth double-double, with 15 kills and 18 digs. Anna Gragg posted 10 kills and five blocks, while Amaya Williams registered 41 assists, eight digs and three blocks. Margaret Latchford collected 17 digs, pushing her past Kallie Corbin (2006-09) into 12th place in program history with 1,254 career digs. Victoria Baptista collected 16 digs, and Sirena Vorster posted five blocks.

Liberty used a 3-0 rally to take an 8-6 lead at the court change in set five. Hannah Schneggenburger then sent down back-to-back kills, sparking a 4-0 Camels run to push them ahead, 10-8. Goodwin's kill narrowed the gap to 10-9, but Heath answered with kills to earn sideouts on each of Liberty's next three serves. The Lady Flames got to within 14-12 on a Vess kill, but Stocking ended it with a kill to give Campbell the final set, 15-12.

Set five saw Liberty hit .125, compared to .120 for the Camels. Heath led all players with five set-five kills.

The Lady Flames built a 20-11 lead in set one, thanks in part to the duo of Vess and Goodwin, who combined for nine kills during that spurt. Campbell used an 8-3 run to draw to within four, 23-19, but Liberty closed it out, 25-19.

During the opening session, Liberty outhit Campbell, .294-.128. Goodwin, Vess and Campbell's Stocking all had five set-one kills.

Both team battled through a tight second set, as Liberty led by just two, 18-16, after a Stocking kill. However, Goodwin then scored a kill, sparking the Lady Flames' 7-1 set-closing run as they took set two, 25-17.

Liberty hit a blistering .406 during the second session, compared to .122 for Campbell. Stocking scored six kills in set two, while Heath had five kills.

Campbell fashioned a pair of 5-0 runs during a 25-15, set-thee victory to extend the match. All told, the Camels outscored the Lady Flames, 14-5, down the stretch.

The Camels outhit the Lady Flames, .400-.065, during the third set, led by six kills from Heath.

Set four went back-and-forth, with seven ties and four lead changes. Liberty trailed, 18-16, before kills by Goodwin and Vorster started the Lady Flames' 5-1 rally, giving the hosts a 21-19 advantage. Heath then sent down a kill, and Campbell scored the final six points of the set, forcing a decisive fifth set.

Both teams hit .200 in set four. Heath sent down six fourth-set kills, while Goodwin countered with five kills for Liberty.

Liberty wraps up its home schedule on Tuesday at 7 p.m., hosting Commonwealth rival Radford at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames edged the Highlanders, 3-2, at the Dedmon Center, Oct. 3 in the teams' first meeting this season.