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Lady Flames Take Trio at Virginia Tech

April 14, 2009  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Karyl Bacon helped Liberty go 3-1 at Virginia Tech on April 11, totaling 21 kills and 36 digs on the day.

Karyl Bacon helped Liberty go 3-1 at Virginia Tech on April 11, totaling 21 kills and 36 digs on the day.

The Liberty volleyball team hit the road once again on April 11 to take part in its second spring tournament, hosted by Virginia Tech. The Lady Flames wrapped up the day with a 3-1 record, after winning their final three matches of the competition.

Head coach Shane Pinder decided to try out a new-look lineup during the Lady Flames' four matches at Virginia Tech, with the most noticeable change coming at the setter position. Reigning Big South Player of the Year Kallie Corbin shifted from her customary setter spot to outside hitter, while rising sophomore Courtney Boggs took over at setter for the day.

Liberty fought hard against the host team from Virginia Tech in the first match of the day, ending the first set with a tight, three-point setback (22-25) and losing the second set, 19-25.

By the Lady Flames' second match, versus the VCU Rams, the players had started to excel in their new roles. Liberty posted a close, 26-24 decision in the first set, before rolling to a 25-15 triumph in set two, against a team which had defeated Liberty during the 2008 regular season.

Next on the schedule were the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State. The Buccaneers took the first set by a slim margin of 25-23, before the Flames fought back to take the match with victories of 25-14 and 15-8 in the final two stanzas.

Finally, to finish the day, the Flames took on the nearby James Madison Dukes, and wrapped up their second win over a Colonial Athletic Association foe on the day. The Dukes fell to Liberty in two sets, by margins of 25-14 and 25-16.

For the second straight tournament, rising sophomore Kelly Haseman led the team defensively, tallying 42 digs for the day. Rising junior Karyl Bacon followed closely behind with 36 digs.

On the offensive side of the net, rising senior Chelaine McCarty paced the Lady Flames with 25 kills and posted an exceptional hitting percentage of .431. Bacon also contributed offensively with 21 kills.

The Lady Flames will head north to take part in their final tournament of the spring season, hosted by the Virginia Cavaliers, this Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.