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Lady Flames to Enter Big South Volleyball Championship as No. 3 Seed

November 15, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames to Enter Big South Volleyball Championship as No. 3 Seed

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Liberty has earned the No. 3 seed for the 2014 Big South Volleyball Championship, which will be held from Thursday through Sunday at Coastal Carolina's The HTC Center in Conway, S.C.

The Lady Flames (23-9, 10-4 Big South) will square off against No. 6 seed High Point on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the third quarterfinal match of the day. Liberty and the Panthers split two meetings this season, with the Lady Flames rallying for a 3-2 win on Oct. 11 at the Vines Center and High Point earning a 3-1 victory at the Millis Center on Nov. 7. The winner of Thursday's Liberty-High Point match will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina and seventh-seeded Gardner-Webb on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Flames are 2-1 all-time in Big South Volleyball Championship matches versus High Point, winning quarterfinal matchups against the Panthers in 1999 and 2003. High Point defeated Liberty, 3-0, in the 2010 Big South Championship final for its first conference volleyball title.

Defending champion Radford went 12-2 in conference play this season to capture its second straight Big South regular-season title. Tournament host Coastal Carolina claimed the second seed with an 11-3 league mark. The Chanticleers have finished each of the last two seasons as Big South regular-season runner-up. Liberty earned the third seed at 10-4. The Lady Flames have won a Big South-record seven conference titles overall, and four in the last seven years.

Winthrop downed Presbyterian on Friday, giving the Eagles the fourth seed at 9-5, while the Blue Hose (7-7) took fifth. High Point posted a 6-8 conference record for sixth place, while Gardner-Webb and Campbell finished in a tie for seventh at 5-9. Gardner-Webb won the head-to-head tiebreaker, taking the seventh seed and leaving Campbell eighth.

The 2014 Big South Volleyball Championship opens Thursday with four quarterfinal matches, and ends with the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 23. The Big South tournament champion earns an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. Sunday's championship match will be aired live on ESPN3.com.

2014 Big South Volleyball Championship
Conway, S.C.
Thursday, Nov. 20 - Quarterfinals

Match 1 – No. 1 Radford vs. No. 8 Campbell, Noon
Match 2 – No. 4 Winthrop vs. No. 5 Presbyterian, 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 – No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 High Point, 5 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21 - Semifinals
Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 23 – Final
Match 7 – Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner, 2 p.m. – ESPN3