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Lady Flames to Honor Seniors on Sunday Against Kennesaw State

November 15, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Liberty will honor its seniors with a prematch ceremony on Sunday.

Liberty will honor its seniors with a prematch ceremony on Sunday.

Complete Match Notes

Kennesaw State at Liberty
Lynchburg, Va.

Match Date: Sunday, Nov. 17
Match Time: 1 p.m.
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

The ASUN's third-place team, Liberty (18-9, 11-4 ASUN), currently on a four-match winning streak, welcomes second-place Kennesaw State (18-8, 11-3 ASUN) to the Vines Center for both teams' regular-season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. KSU can wrap up the No. 2 seed for the ASUN Volleyball Championship with a win at Jacksonville on Friday. Liberty needs Jacksonville to beat KSU on Friday and needs to defeat the Owls on Sunday to secure the second seed.

Defending ASUN champion and tournament host FGCU has clinched the No. 1 seed at 13-2, followed by Kennesaw State (11-3), Liberty (11-4) and Lipscomb (9-5). Stetson (7-7) is currently fifth while North Florida (6-8) is sixth.

STARTING ROTATION
1. Liberty has won four straight matches and is 6-1 during the second half of its ASUN schedule. Liberty has hit .289 over the last four matches, with Amelia Johnson (4.56 kps) and Casey Goodwin (3.69) leading the way and Hannah Morris averaging 11.50 assists per set during that span.

2. The Lady Flames will honor their four seniors - Payton Carter, Casey Goodwin, Anna Gragg and Hannah Morris - with a Senior Day ceremony on Sunday. These seniors have been instrumental in Liberty's success during the team's first two seasons in the ASUN Conference.

3. Redshirt junior Amelia Johnson leads all ASUN players with 396 kills. She was named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team on Thursday, the first Lady Flame since Becca Haraf in 2013, and seventh player in program history to earn the honor. Johnson's 29 kills against Stetson and North Alabama are tied for the most by a Lady Flame in any match under the 25-point system.

4. Senior middle blocker Anna Gragg, a three-time all-conference performer, is 32nd nationally in hitting percentage (.384). She is the first player in program history with four 100-block seasons. Gragg needs 13 more kills to become the 17th player in program history to score 1,000 career kills.

5. Senior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin, a two-time all-conference selection, was a first team All-ASUN pick last year. She averaged 5.29 kills at a .373 pace during Liberty's matches at North Florida and Stetson, and ranks 14th in program history with 1,101 career kills.

6. Senior setter Hannah Morris was named the 2019 Fan-Voted ASUN Preseason Setter of the Year. Morris' career-high 61 assists on Oct. 13 against Stetson are the most by any player in the Vines Center under the current 25-point rally-scoring system (since 2008). She averaged 12.86 assists per set in her last two matches and is now ranked ninth in program history with 2,213 career assists.

7. Liberty welcomes six newcomers, including five freshmen and transfer junior Macy Phillips. Phillips, a libero, comes to Liberty from Florida, where she was a reserve on the Gators' national finalist squad in 2017. Phillips ranks fifth in the ASUN with 4.60 digs per set.

Team Notes
- At North Florida, Casey Goodwin (19), Anna Gragg (16) and Amelia Johnson (15) became the first set of three Liberty players to score 15 or more kills in the same match since Caroline Douglas (23), Jade Vorster (16) and Gabrielle Vess (15) did so against Gardner-Webb, Nov. 14, 2015.

- Liberty (18-9) has posted its most wins in a season since ending the 2014 campaign at 23-10.

- Liberty is 9-1 at home this season and has won 15 out of its last 16 home contests. The Lady Flames outhit opponents .278-.134 on average at the Vines Center this year.

- After posting 10 blocks on Tuesday against Stetson, Liberty has now posted 10 or more blocks 12 times this season after also recording 12 10-block matches in 2018.

- The Lady Flames are now ranked 35th in the nation with 2.54 blocks per set.

- Amelia Johnson (three times), Casey Goodwin (vs. Louisiana) and Anna Gragg (vs. Northern Arizona) all have at least one 20-kill match this season. The last time three Lady Flames had a 20-kill match in the same season was 2003 (Erin McKeown, Becky Rudnick and Tatiana Tkachuk).

- Liberty is 4-1 in five-set matches this season, and 2-1 in five-setters in ASUN play in 2019.

- The 2018 Lady Flames set a program record for most players to record a 10-kill match in a single season (9). So far this season, six Lady Flames (Amelia Johnson - 22, Casey Goodwin - 15, Anna Gragg - 8, Rajini Fitzmaurice - 3, Lilly Kruse - 1, Kailey Macy - 1) have recorded a 10-kill match.

- Liberty is the only ASUN team with an active 1,000-kill player, a 2,000-assist player and a 400-block player.