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Lady Flames Take Down Virginia, Virginia Tech

April 21, 2009  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Nicki Scripko notched a team-high 28 kills at Saturday's spring tournament, helping the Lady Flames defeat both Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Nicki Scripko notched a team-high 28 kills at Saturday's spring tournament, helping the Lady Flames defeat both Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Liberty's 2009 spring volleyball season came to a close Saturday, with the Lady Flames heading north to take part in their last tournament, hosted by the Virginia Cavaliers. The Lady Flames finished the spring season on a high note, posting two big wins over Commonwealth rivals, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The first match of the day pitted the Lady Flames against the host Cavaliers, and it was a hard-fought battle from the opening point. Liberty took the first set from Virginia by a 25-21 margin, but the Cavaliers pulled off a 25-20 victory over the Lady Flames in the set two. In the third and deciding set, Liberty claimed a 15-7 victory, getting the tournament off to a successful start.

The Lady Flames' second victory also required the full three sets, but the team was able to avenge its only loss of the previous weekend's tournament, against the rival Virginia Tech Hokies. Liberty prevailed in the first set, after a long battle, which saw the final score reach 30-28. The Hokies then came back and narrowly grabbed the second set, 25-22, to once more push the match to a third stanza. The third set was close all the way to the end, and finally finished with the Lady Flames taking the match, 19-17.

Liberty's only setbacks came against the VCU Rams and the Georgetown Hoyas. For the third time on the day, the Flames went to three sets during their match against the Hoyas. Liberty won the first set, 25-18, before Georgetown countered with a victory by the same score. In the third stanza, the Hoyas edged the Lady Flames by the slimmest of margins, 15-13. VCU needed extra points to defeat Liberty in set one, 27-25. The Rams then won the second set, 25-13.

Rising sophomore Kelly Haseman once again dominated defensively, tallying a team-high 50 digs on the day. Rising junior Karyl Bacon followed closely behind Haseman with 48 digs.

Offensively rising junior Nicki Scripko led the Lady Flames with 28 kills, followed closely by rising senior Chelaine McCarty's 25 kills. Bacon once again enjoyed strong performances on both sides of the net, by recording 25 kills to complement her defensive effort.

With their wins against ACC foes Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Lady Flames will be heading into the fall season on a positive note. Fans can follow the Lady Flames' fall 2009 season on LibertyFlames.com, as Liberty pursues its third consecutive Big South title.