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Lady Flames Travel to Take On Virginia, Tuesday

September 9, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames Travel to Take On Virginia, Tuesday

The Liberty volleyball team will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

The Lady Flames (3-2) will wrap up a span of four matches in four days, as they went 3-0 at the Liberty Invitational this weekend at the Vines Center. Virginia (3-3) posted a 1-2 record at the Rutgers Invitational.

Liberty at Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.

Match Date: Tuesday, Sept. 10
Match Time: 6:30 p.m.
Live Video: ACCN Xtra
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats

Notable Numbers
• Liberty will play each of its next seven matches on the road, including Tuesday's match at Virginia. The Lady Flames compete in invitationals at Washington State and Florida the next two weekends before opening ASUN play on Sept. 24 at the Vines Center against defending conference champion FGCU.

• For the season to date, Liberty is outhitting opponents .272-.148 while posting 2.53 blocks per set.
• The Lady Flames won their home tournament for the first time since 2015. Liberty defeated Elon, Virginia Tech and Davidson this weekend, outhitting opponents a combined .302-.087.
• Liberty took three major awards (Tournament MVP – Anna Gragg; Best Libero – Macy Phillips; Best Setter – Hannah Morris) at the Liberty Invitational.

• During opening weekend, Aug. 30-31, Liberty took a set off of two opponents (Texas State and UNI) who finished the 2018 season in the Top 25 in RPI.

• Amelia Johnson leads Liberty with 3.67 kills per set. She scored a career-high 19 kills last Saturday night against Virginia Tech. She has posted double-doubles in each of her last two matches after recording no double-doubles last year, her first since transferring from North Dakota.

• Casey Goodwin, a two-time all-conference player and 2019 ASUN All-Conference first team selection, averages 3.64 kills per set. She has scored in double-figures in kills in each of Liberty's five matches so far this season.

• Goodwin's .688 hitting percentage against Elon was the fifth best individual single-match hitting percentage in the program's rally-scoring history and best since Loren Thomas hit .700  (15-1-20) at Georgetown on Sept. 18, 2012.

• Three-time all-conference selection Anna Gragg has hit a team-best .526 so far this season. She hit .425 in ASUN matches last year. Gragg is also currently ranked seventh in program history with 332 career blocks, 10 away from passing Erin McKeown (2000-03) for sixth place.

• Macy Phillips transferred from Florida, where she was a member of the Gators' 2017 national runner-up squad. Phillips averages a team-best 5.05 digs per set and her season high of 24 came Aug. 31 against UNI.

• Hannah Morris averages 10.77 assists so far this season, including two 40-assist matches and a season-high 45 assists versus Virginia Tech. She is tied with Amelia Johnson for the team lead with two double-doubles this year. Morris' older sister, Rachel, was a backup setter for Liberty in 2014 and 2015.

• Kailey Macy leads the Lady Flames with 1.16 blocks per set so far this season, and she hits .379 on the attack.

• Second-year head coach Trevor Johnson has had a highly-successful coaching career. Including his time at Concordia (Calif.) and Liberty, he has posted a 104-33 career record. He coached the Concordia men's team to an NAIA National Championship in 2013.

• Liberty hit .461 against Elon on Saturday, its third-highest single-match hitting percentage in the rally-scoring era and best since hitting .483 against Saint Francis (Pa.), Sept. 5, 2008.

• Liberty's 11 aces against Virginia Tech were the team's most since serving up 11 aces against Hampton, Sept. 3, 2016.

• Liberty is looking for four wins against Division I opponents in a four-day span for the first time since Sept. 27-30, 1990.

• The home team has won each of the last seven meetings in this series, which Virginia leads by a 31-4 total. This will be the third straight year for these two teams to meet. The Cavaliers defeated the Lady Flames in four sets on Aug. 26, 2017 at Memorial Gym. The Lady Flames swept Virginia, Sept. 11, 2018 in Trevor Johnson's first home match as Liberty head coach.

• Liberty is aiming to defeat multiple ACC opponents in a single season for the first time in program history, after downing Virginia Tech 3-1 on Saturday.

Up Next
Liberty will fly to compete in the Cougar Classic, hosted by Washington State on Friday and Saturday in Pullman, Wash. While in Washington, Liberty will take on UT Arlington, Idaho State and the host Cougars.