Liberty downed Kennesaw State in a spirited first set before the defending ASUN champion Owls took the next three sets to win 3-1 (25-27, 25-14, 25-14, 25-22), Sunday at the Vines Center.
Kennesaw State (15-4, 6-0 ASUN) remains atop the conference standings and is the only team in the ASUN to remain undefeated in league play so far this season. Liberty drops to 7-12, 4-2 in ASUN play after falling to Lipscomb and KSU this weekend.
Notable Numbers • For the match, the Owls outhit the Lady Flames, .279-.159, while also leading in aces (8-3) and digs (50-40). Liberty held an 8-5 advantage in blocks.
• KSU's Lauren Chastang scored a match-high 23 kills while also adding 11 digs. Liesl Engelbrecht registered 11 kills and four blocks. Lexi Broadwater dished out a match-high 51 assists, while Karlee Groover led all players with 19 digs and three service aces.
• Casey Goodwin sent down 15 kills at a .387 pace for the Lady Flames. Anna Gragg added eight kills and a match-high-tying four blocks. Margaret Latchford collected 15 digs and Hannah Morris dished out 51 assists.
Match Summary SET 1 • KSU built a quick 7-1 lead in set one, but Liberty kept battling back. Trailing 24-21, the Lady Flames scored three straight points to tie it at 24-all. After an Owls sideout, Goodwin scored two kills during a three-point spurt that gave Liberty the 27-25 victory.
• Chastang led all players with eight set-one kills, while Liberty outhit Kennesaw State, .182-.062. The Lady Flames posted four blocks during the opening session.
SET 2 • The Owls bounced back during the second set, racing out to a 20-9 lead on the way to winning 25-14. KSU hit .333 and recorded four blocks to help limit Liberty to a .143 hitting percentage.
SET 3 • Kennesaw State led set three from start to finish, outhitting the Lady Flames, .640-.043 while taking the set 25-14. Engelbrecht scored five kills on six attempts during the third session.
SET 4 • Liberty trailed set four 24-19 before staging a furious rally. The Lady Flames got kills from Kainah Williams and Lilly Kruse to stay alive, and a Gragg-Goodwin block narrowed the gap to 24-22. On the next point, Liberty's hustle kept the play going, but Chastang ended it with a kill.
• KSU outhit Liberty .278-.241 in the final set, while Chastang scored eight set-four kills.
Quick Hits • Margaret Latchford became the fifth player in program history to reach 1,600 career digs today. She passed Jennifer Belk (2001-04) into fifth place all-time at Liberty with 1,602 career digs.
• Kennesaw State is the first volleyball team from the state of Georgia to compete at the Vines Center. Volleyball teams from 15 states and the District of Columbia have played at least one match all-time at the Vines Center in the facility's history.
• Goodwin has reached double figures in kills in five out of Liberty's first six ASUN matches this season. She is now tied with Jenna Culhan for the most 10-kill matches on the team this season, with seven.
• Prior to today's match, Liberty had held each of its first five conference opponents under .140 in hitting percentage.
Up Next Liberty remains home for the next three weeks. Next weekend, the Lady Flames host Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at 6 p.m. before taking on Stetson at noon on Sunday in the Vines Center.
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