Liberty saw its season end with a 3-0 setback at Georgia Tech in the NIVC Quarterfinal.
Liberty's NIVC tournament run came to an end on Tuesday night, as the host Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets swept the Lady Flames (25-18, 25-13, 25-19) at O'Keefe Gymnasium.
Georgia Tech (24-8) advances to the NIVC semifinal against the winner of Thursday's match between Colgate and TCU. The Lady Flames ended their season with a 21-12 record, a campaign filled with records and milestones which was capped by the first two postseason victories in program history.
Liberty improved by six wins over last year's 15-17 record, and posted its most wins in a single season since going 23-10 in 2014.
Notable Numbers • For the match, Georgia Tech outhit Liberty .208-.031. Liberty led in digs (48-47) and service aces (4-3), while the Yellow Jackets had a 9-6 advantage in blocks.
• 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year Julia Bergmann led all players with 15 kills and two aces. Mariana Brambilla added eight kills and five blocks, while Matti McKissock dished out a match-high 29 assists. Mikaila Dowd collected a match-high 13 digs.
• Senior Hannah Morris registered her team-high 12th double-double of the season, totaling 11 assists and 10 digs. Classmate Payton Carter led Liberty with six kills to go along with 10 digs, while fellow senior Anna Gragg scored five kills in her final match. Kailey Macy's four blocks paced Liberty, while Macy Phillips collected a team-high 11 digs.
Head Coach Trevor Johnson "No matter what, God is still good. All glory goes to Him for our incredible season! I'm so proud of our seniors for all of their hard work both on and off the court. I'm proud of how they represented Liberty University. They will leave here better women for sure! My staff and I are very blessed to call Liberty home! The future looks bright!"
Match Summary • Both teams saw their hitting percentages decrease from set one to set two and from set two to set three. Georgia Tech hit .324 in the opening set, followed by sets of .233 and .077. The Lady Flames went from .147 in the first to .000 in the second and -.053 in the third.
• There were just four ties and two lead changes in the match, both coming in the first set.
Quick Hits • Georgia Tech tied the all-time series with Liberty at 1-1, as the Lady Flames defeated the Yellow Jackets in five sets on Oct. 8, 1988 in Lynchburg.
• Georgia Tech is now 16-1 at home this season and has won eight straight matches overall.
• Gragg's .378 hitting percentage this season set a new program rally-scoring record for single-season hitting percentage, breaking Jade Vorster's previous mark of .358, set in 2015.
• Morris finished the season with 1,005 assists, the most assists by a Lady Flame since Anna Willey's 1,096 assists in 2015.
• Amelia Johnson's 457 kills this season were the fourth most by a Lady Flame in a single season under the current 25-point rally-scoring system, tied with Caroline Douglas from 2012.
• Phillips' 552 digs this season are the fourth most in any single season in program history. • Gragg (118 blocks) and Macy (115) finished with the sixth and seventh best single-season block totals in the program's 25-point rally-scoring era.
• In the program's career record books, Gragg ranks fourth in career blocks (431) and 17th in kills (1,026), while Morris is ranked ninth with 2,390 assists and Casey Goodwin finished 14th in kills (1,154) and eighth in blocks (336).
• Liberty defeated La Salle and High Point over the weekend at the Vines Center to advance to tonight's quarterfinal match.
• Tonight's match marked the latest in the calendar year that the Lady Flames have played a match.
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