Liberty freshman Sirena Vorster sent down a career-high 14 kills, helping the Lady Flames win their 12th match in a row, a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-9) sweep over Presbyterian in front of a season-high 931 fans at the Vines Center on Friday.
With the win, the Lady Flames push their record to 21-5, reaching 8-0 in conference play for the first time in program history. Liberty's 12-match winning streak is the team's longest since a program-record 16-match winning streak in 2007. Presbyterian falls to 9-11, 4-4 in Big South action.
The Lady Flames hit .187 for the match, while the Blue Hose struggled on the attack, connecting for -.061. Liberty led, 7-3 in blocks, 4-1 in service aces and 62-53 in digs.
Liberty's Sirena Vorster hit .650 while scoring a career- and match-high 14 kills. Junior Caila Stapleton recorded her team-leading 12th double-double, and fifth in a row, totaling 26 assists and 13 digs. Junior Jade Vorster registered six blocks, including three solo rejections. She needs two more solo blocks to break the program single-season rally-scoring record of 25, set by Loren Thomas in 2011. Senior Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 18 digs, while Caroline Douglas served up two aces.
Senior Rachel Hall led the Blue Hose with eight kills, while classmate Ashtin Frank registered a double-double, with 19 assists and 11 digs. Redshirt senior Mary Trimpe collected 14 digs, while freshman Rachel Elshoff had 12 digs and senior Aubrey Dooley totaled 10 digs.
The hosts quickly built a double-digit lead in set one, 19-8. PC chipped away, eventually drawing to within 21-14, but got no closer, as the Lady Flames pulled away for the 25-15 victory. Liberty outhit the Blue Hose, .250 to -.053, during the opening session, doubling PC in kills, 14-7. Sirena Vorster led all players with five kills on five attempts in the first frame.
The middle stanza was the closest set of the evening, with eight ties and two lead changes. Liberty led by one, 13-12, before Jade Vorster posted two blocks during a 5-0 Lady Flames rally. Tripp answered with two kills, and a kill by Frank made it 18-16. PC drew to within two again at 21-19, but Sirena Vorster then scored her fourth and fifth kills of the set, helping Liberty win, 25-21.
The Lady Flames hit .095 during the second set, compared to .040 for the Blue Hose. Jade Vorster contributed to all five of Liberty's set-two blocks.
Liberty completed the sweep with a resounding, 25-9 victory during the final session. The hosts recorded a .242 attack percentage, while Presbyterian committed 14 attack errors, hitting -.182.
Liberty will host the Winthrop Eagles tomorrow at the Vines Center, with first serve set for 1 p.m.