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Corbin, Scripko Star in Blue-White Scrimmage

August 25, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Junior outside hitter Nicki Scripko led all players with 25 kills during Tuesday's Blue-White Scrimmage at the Vines Center.

Junior outside hitter Nicki Scripko led all players with 25 kills during Tuesday's Blue-White Scrimmage at the Vines Center.

The format was a bit unorthodox at Tuesday evening's Blue-White volleyball scrimmage at the Vines Center, but familiar faces Kallie Corbin and Nicki Scripko stood out on the court. Corbin's 53 assists and Scripko's 25 kills helped the White team rally from a 2-1 deficit to claim a 3-2 (25-13, 19-25, 22-25, 15-11, 25-21) decision.

Many players changed teams between sets throughout the evening, as two-time Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year Shane Pinder explored different lineup combinations. In the end, the scrimmage's statistical standouts featured a nice mix of veterans and newcomers.

Scripko's offensive numbers were complemented by those of fellow returning starters Karyl Bacon and Chelaine McCarty. Bacon, a junior outside hitter, was one of two players to post a double-double on Tuesday, tallying 14 kills and 17 digs. Meanwhile, preseason all-conference selection McCarty put down 10 kills and added a match-high seven blocks.

Meanwhile, freshmen Loren Thomas and Erica Manor were both efficient with their attack opportunities, while playing exclusively for the Blue team. Thomas, a 6-3 middle blocker, hit .433 with 14 kills and four blocks. Manor, the 2008 West Virginia State Player of the Year as a high school senior, needed only a dozen swings to record nine kills, finishing with a .667 attack percentage.

Big South Preseason Player of the Year Corbin was the other Lady Flame to notch a double-double. She filled nearly every column of the scoresheet, with her match-best 53 assists, 13 digs, five kills and three blocks.

Both of the Lady Flames' liberos exceeded the 20-dig plateau on the evening, led by redshirt freshman Courtney Cooper's 24 digs. Kelly Haseman, a member of the 2008 Big South All-Freshman team, was close behind with 21 digs.

The Lady Flames will open the 2009 campaign Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. against UNC Greensboro, in the first match of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.