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LU to Host Two Homecoming Weekend Matches

October 23, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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After this weekend's two matches, Liberty has just one home contest remaining in 2008.

After this weekend's two matches, Liberty has just one home contest remaining in 2008.

Coach Shane Pinder encourages fans to attend this weekend's matches

Live Streaming Video link for Coastal Carolina at Liberty match (Big South EDGE)

Live Statistics link for both weekend matches

This weekend is Liberty's annual Alumni Weekend, and the Lady Flames volleyball team will host Big South matches at the Vines Center on Friday and Saturday as part of the festivities. Liberty's Friday evening contest against Coastal Carolina and the Lady Flames' Saturday afternoon tilt with Charleston Southern also comprise the team's Parents Weekend.

Students are urged to arrive early to both matches, to take advantage of free giveaways. The first 200 students to enter Friday's 7 p.m. match versus Coastal Carolina will receive red Beat Coastal t-shirts, and all fans in attendance are encouraged to wear red. On Saturday, the Charleston Southern match will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the first 400 students will be given red Liberty Volleyball t-shirts.

The Matches

Friday, Oct. 24 (Vines Center)
7 p.m. – Coastal Carolina (17-7, 6-2 Big South) at Liberty (17-6, 8-1 Big South)

Saturday, Oct. 25 (Vines Center)
12:30 p.m. – Charleston Southern (13-12, 2-6 Big South) at Liberty

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Friday evening's match versus Coastal Carolina will be televised live on WTLU by the announcing team of Ray Jones (play-by-play) and Lee Beaumont (color). The broadcast will also be available on RTN 13.2, the digital station for Lynchburg's WSET ABC 13, and video streamed live through the Big South EDGE. For more information, please click the link at the top of this release or click "Live Video" on the Liberty volleyball schedule/results page.

Live stats will be available for both weekend matches. They are accessible by clicking the link at the top of this release or clicking "Live Stats" on the volleyball schedule/results page of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
Liberty, coached by Shane Pinder (76-74 in his fifth season), recorded its 10th 3-0 sweep of the season, Tuesday evening versus Radford at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames hit .412 and took just 1:08 to beat Radford for the 15th consecutive time, dating back to 2001.

The Lady Flames were led by sophomore Karyl Bacon's match-high 13 kills and junior Chelaine McCarty's nine kills and .692 attack percentage. In total, five Lady Flames finished with six or more kills on the evening.

Hitting .400
Hitting over .400 for an entire major league baseball season is a difficult feat, as no player has accomplished it since Ted Williams in 1941. Likewise, a team hitting over .400 in a volleyball match is an uncommon feat. The Lady Flames hit .418 against Radford on Tuesday. It was the first time Liberty has ever hit above .400 against a Big South foe since joining the conference in 1991.

1,000/1,000 Club
Senior outside hitter Jessica Nelson enters the weekend with 985 career kills and 1,029 career digs, putting her on the cusp of joining the career 1,000/1,000 club.

Nelson would be the first Lady Flame to finish her career with more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs since current assistant coach Jennifer (Belk) Vaden, who graduated in 2004.

3,500/1,000 Club
Junior setter Kallie Corbin is attempting to make some history of her own. She has notched 3,512 career assists and 972 career digs. No Liberty player has ever tallied more than 3,500 assists and 1,000 digs in her career.

No Slouches
Liberty has lost just six matches this season, and all six teams to defeat the Lady Flames are performing well in their respective conferences.

Team (Conference), Conference Record, Standings
Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley Conference): 7-2, T-2nd
No. 13 Kansas State (Big 12 Conference): 7-3, 3rd
Notre Dame (Big East Conference): 5-2, T-4th
Western Michigan (Mid-American Conference): 7-1, 1st (West Division)
VCU (Colonial Athletic Association): 4-2, T-2nd
High Point (Big South Conference): 8-0, 1st
Totals: 38-10

Eight Blocks is Enough
When Liberty has blocked well this season, the Lady Flames have won. In fact, Liberty is 11-0 when recording eight or more rejections. Conversely, the Lady Flames are only 6-6 when failing to reach the eight-block plateau.

Big South's Best
Four Liberty players are ranked among the top five on the Big South statistical leaderboard. McCarty leads the conference in attack percentage (.366), while position mate Webber sits third in blocks per set (0.89 bps). Corbin is listed second in assists per set (9.91 aps), while sophomore Scripko is ranked third in service aces per set (0.37 aps) and fourth in kills per set (3.49 kps).

Numerous Lady Flames have increased their statistical production in Big South matches. McCarty also leads the conference in attack percentage in conference-only contests (.409) and shares fifth place in blocks per set (0.77 bps), while Webber is tied for second in blocks per set (1.00 bps). In Big South matches only, Corbin leads the conference in assists per set (10.67 aps) and is second in service aces per set (0.50 aps). Meanwhile, Scripko ranks third in kills per set (3.87 kps) and is tied for fifth in aces per set (0.43 aps). Bacon has moved up to fifth in digs per set during conference action (4.43 dps).

Scouting Report
Coastal Carolina – 17-7, 6-2, Big South
Coastal Carolina is coached by Kristen Bauer, who is 166-142 in her 10th season with the Chanticleers. Her team is 17-7 overall and owns sole possession of third place in the Big South standings with a 6-2 conference record.

The Chanticleers, who enter Friday's match at the Vines Center on a five-match winning streak, do much of their damage with their serving. Coastal Carolina ranks No. 6 nationally, averaging exactly two aces per set. Leading the way is 5-9 sophomore outside hitter Chelsy Kimes. She is listed No. 7 in the nation with 46 aces on the season.

Kimes, the reigning Big South Player of the Week, also sits second in the Big South in kills, with 304. Meanwhile, 6-1 junior middle blocker Jill Nyhof paces the conference with 93 digs and 6-1 sophomore middle blocker Megan Bickford is third in attack percentage, at .330.

The Chanticleers managed eight aces and Kimes put down 20 kills on Sept. 27 versus the Lady Flames at Kimbel Arena, but Liberty came away with a 3-1 victory. The Lady Flames hit .304, led by Scripko's 22-kill, 16-dig outing.

The road triumph was Liberty's fourth straight win over Coastal Carolina and increased the Lady Flames' edge in the squads' head-to-head series to 23-16. The Chanticleers' most recent triumph over the Lady Flames came in the opening round of the 2006 Big South Championship. Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty at the Vines Center, 3-1, on Nov. 14, 2006.

Charleston Southern – 13-12, 2-6 Big South
The Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers are coached by Danyel Bellush. The 1997 alum of CSU is 112-230 as head coach at her alma mater in her 12th season. Charleston Southern enters the weekend as one of just three Big South teams with an overall winning record, at 13-12.

CSU, which visits Radford on Friday before visiting Liberty Saturday afternoon, is looking to snap a three-match losing streak. The Lady Buccaneers are also in search of their first road Big South win of the year.

Amanda Hill, a 5-7 sophomore outside hitter, has carried a large offensive load for her team this year. The two-time Big South Player of the Week ranks No. 36 nationally and No. 5 among underclassmen with 369 kills.

Hill tallied 15 kills on Sept. 26 against Liberty, but the Lady Flames limited her teammates to a dozen total kills. As a result, Liberty recorded a 3-0 sweep at the CSU Field House. Scripko's double-double of 13 kills and 11 digs highlighted the Lady Flames' efforts.

The Lady Flames have been victorious in three consecutive meetings with Charleston Southern, increasing their series lead to 28-4. Liberty has won 12 matches in a row against the Lady Buccaneers at the Vines Center, since a CSU 3-2 triumph on Oct. 20, 1995.