Hannah Weidner sent down a season-high 11 kills on Friday at UNC Asheville.
Liberty won set one, 25-20, before the host UNC Asheville Bulldogs rallied for the 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21) victory over the Lady Flames, Friday at the Justice Center.
With the win, Asheville improves to 14-11 on the season, including 7-6 in Big South play. The Lady Flames (13-13) are now one match ahead of the Bulldogs, in third place in the Big South standings with an 8-5 league mark. Liberty and UNC Asheville have split the season series for the second year in a row.
UNC Asheville held a .268-.245 advantage in attack percentage for the match. The Bulldogs led, 7-4 in aces and 9-5 in blocks. Liberty led, 75-72 in digs.
Asheville's Christine Lakatos recorded a match-high 21 kills, adding 16 digs. Katie Davis dished out 50 assists, while Bryn Pfeiffer collected a match-high 26 digs. Catherine Fischer recorded two aces and 11 digs, while Madison Vaughn contributed eight kills and four blocks.
Caroline Douglas led Liberty with 14 kills. Douglas passed Erin McKeown (2000-03) into eighth place in program history with 1,320 career kills. Hannah Weidner scored a season-high 11 kills, while Haley Jeffcoat posted 10 kills and a career-high 19 digs. Anna Willey dished out 50 assists, while Jade Vorster scored nine kills. Michelle Melendez served up two aces and collected 11 digs, while Lindsay Foreman collected a career-high 16 digs.
The Bulldogs opened up an 18-16 lead during set one. Jade Vorster then posted a solo block, sparking a 6-1 Liberty rally to give the visitors the lead, 23-19. After an Asheville sideout, Sirena Vorster and Douglas scored back-to-back kills to clinch a 25-20 Lady Flames victory.
Set one featured 10 ties and five lead changes. Liberty outhit the Bulldogs, .300-.200, as Douglas led all players with five kills.
UNC Asheville led the second set by as many as eight, 18-10. Trailing, 22-15, the Lady Flames received three kills from Gabrielle Vess during a 6-2 run, narrowing the gap to 24-21. Vaughn then scored a kill for the winning point.
The hosts outhit Liberty, .290-.086 during the second session, as the Bulldogs posted five blocks. Lakatos sent down seven kills for the Bulldogs, while Liberty's Vess scored five kills.
Liberty staged an 8-2 rally to build a 19-12, set-three advantage. Asheville then scored six straight points. The Lady Flames led, 22-19, following a Weidner kill. The hosts outscored the Lady Flames, 6-1, down the stretch to seal the set, 25-23.
Both teams hit for a high percentage during set three, with Asheville outhitting Liberty, .333-.308. Lakatos scored six kills for Asheville, while Weidner responded with five kills.
Set four went back and forth, with 10 ties and five lead changes. The Lady Flames took a 20-19 lead when Jeffcoat scored a kill. However, Julia Borschel scored two kills during a 5-0 Asheville surge. After Douglas fought off match point with a kill, the Bulldogs clinched the win, 25-21, on an errant Liberty serve.
Liberty outhit Asheville, .268-.250, in the fourth set, as Jade Vorster hit .714 with five kills.
The Lady Flames close out the regular-season schedule tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., taking on Gardner-Webb at Paul Porter Arena.