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Lady Flames to Host Virginia on Tuesday in Vines Center

September 10, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames to Host Virginia on Tuesday in Vines Center

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After opening the season with nine straight matches away from Lynchburg, Liberty (2-7) hosts Virginia (4-5) on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the Vines Center. It will be the Lady Flames' first home match under first-year head coach Trevor Johnson.

Liberty is looking to get back on the winning track after sustaining four straight setbacks since its last win on Aug. 31 against Houston Baptist. Virginia has won four out of its last five matches after starting the season at 0-4.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Tuesday night's match will be available for viewing, for a charge, on ESPN+. Jacob Johnston will serve as play-by-play announcer, while Erin Hagen will provide analysis. Also, fans can follow StatBroacast live stats.

• Senior Margaret Latchford was named to the Maryland Invite All-Tournament Team. On the weekend, she tied her season high with 23 digs against Colgate on Saturday. She passed Karyl (Bacon) Wiese on the program's career digs list on Saturday, and then on Sunday passed Erin (McKeown) Hagen into seventh place in program history with 1,483 career digs.

• Latchford has played in 361 consecutive sets, a streak that started during her freshman year, 2015. Latchford and Anna Gragg are the only two players who have played in all 34 sets this season.

• During Saturday's 3-2 loss to Colgate, five Lady Flames (Jenna Culhan – 16; Amelia Johnson – 12; Kailey Macy – 11; Victoria Baptista – 10; Anna Gragg – 10) reached double figures in kills. It was the first time since a 3-2 win at Charleston Southern on Oct. 29, 2010 that five Lady Flames had 10 or more kills in a single match (Karyl Bacon -  18; Loren Thomas - 14, Kendle Rollins - 10, Lillie Happel – 10; Hannah Anderson - 10) all reached double figures that night.

• Liberty is 21-8 in home openers since 1989. Liberty had won its home opener eight straight years prior to a 3-0 setback to Maryland in the team's first home match last season.

• Three Lady Flames set or tied their career highs in kills over the weekend in Maryland. Jenna Culhan scored a career-high 16 kills against Colgate on Saturday, while Kailey Macy tied her career high with 11 kills in the Colgate match. Payton Carter scored a career-high 12 kills on Sunday at Maryland.

• Liberty is 1-1 in five-set matches this season. Both times the Lady Flames have gone to five sets in 2018, they have led the match, 2-0.

• Liberty averages 1.62 aces per set for the season. Anna Gragg leads the Lady Flames with 12 aces, followed by Casey Goodwin's 11. Freshman Madi Furtado served up aces in all three matches at the Maryland Invite, including a career-high three aces on Saturday against South Carolina.

• The last time Virginia visited the Vines Center (Sept. 23, 2014), Liberty rallied for a 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13) win over the Cavaliers. That was Liberty's first win over Virginia in volleyball since Nov. 1, 1979. Caroline Douglas scored a match-high 27 kills for the Lady Flames, the most kills by a Liberty player in a single match from that point to the present.

• In all, Liberty plays 16 out of its first 17 matches away from the Vines Center. After playing its last seven September matches on the road, the Lady Flames will spend the whole month of October at home, with a program-record nine straight home matches from Oct. 5-28.