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High Point Records 3-0 Sweep of Liberty

September 15, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa.  RSS
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Aspen Thompson tied for the match high with three blocks in her first career match.

Aspen Thompson tied for the match high with three blocks in her first career match.

In a battle of former conference rivals, High Point registered a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) over Liberty, on Saturday at the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse.

High Point improved to 4-6 on the season with the win, its first match at this weekend's Pitt Invite. Liberty (3-9) is winless in two matches this weekend ahead of this afternoon's match with College of Charleston.

Notable Numbers
• For the match, High Point hit .262, compared to .204 for Liberty. The Panthers also led in aces (6-2) and digs (46-37), while the Lady Flames held an 8-3 advantage in blocks.

• High Point's Molly Livingston led all players with 10 kills and three service aces, while Abby Bottomley collected a match-high 15 digs and Mackenzi Thornburg dished out a match-high 20 assists.

• Casey Goodwin sent down a team-high eight kills for Liberty, while Margaret Latchford corralled 11 digs and Hannah Morris recorded 19 assists. Jenna Culhan and Aspen Thompson tied for match-high honors with three blocks each.  

Match Summary
• High Point opened up a 10-5 advantage after 15 serves, and maintained a similar lead throughout the rest of the first set, winning 25-19. The Panthers outhit the Lady Flames, .286-.194, during the opening session.  

• During the second set, High Point used an eight-point run to take a 21-13 lead, a rally that included two Livingston aces. Liberty responded with a 6-1 spurt featuring three kills by Goodwin, narrowing the gap to 22-19. However, the Panthers closed to a 25-20 win.

• High Point outhit Liberty, .364-.241, in set two, while Livingston served up two out of the Panthers' three aces.

• A 3-0 Liberty run trimmed the Lady Flames' deficit to 16-15 after Madi Furtado's kill. High Point scored the next three points, but Liberty kept chipping away, drawing to within two at 22-20 on a Morris ace and again at 23-21 on a Jenna Culhan kill. The Panthers then scored on the next two serves to seal the sweep.

• As was the case in the second set, High Point served up three aces in the third.

Quick Hits
• Freshman Aspen Thompson made her first collegiate appearance. The middle blocker from San Antonio, Texas scored three kills and tied for the team lead with three blocks.

• Goodwin recorded her 600th career kill during the match. She is Liberty's active career leader with 601 career kills.

• Liberty is now 31-18 all-time against High Point in volleyball, a series that dates back to 1995. These two teams have met every year since 1997.

Up Next
The Lady Flames wrap up their time in Pittsburgh this afternoon, with a 4 p.m. match against College of Charleston.