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Air Force Posts 3-0 Sweep of Liberty

September 9, 2017  Colorado Springs, Colo.  RSS
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Air Force Posts 3-0 Sweep of Liberty

Air Force bounced back after losing twice yesterday, sweeping Liberty, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20), Saturday at Cadet East Gym.

With the win, Air Force is now 5-5 on the season going into its 4 p.m. match against Southern Utah to wrap up the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic. Liberty (2-7) went 1-2 in Colorado Springs this weekend, splitting a pair of matches with the Falcons and falling to Southern Utah.

Casey Goodwin and Anna Gragg were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts this weekend.

For the match, Air Force hit .240, compared to .091 for the Lady Flames. The Falcons led, 10-7, in blocks, 5-2 in aces and 38-29 in digs.

Denise Ssozi scored a match-high 13 kills for Air Force, while Abigail Miksch registered a double-double with 10 kills and 10 0digs. Shanleigh Conlan dished out a match-high 17 assists, while Piper Heineck posted eight blocks.

Casey Goodwin led Liberty with seven kills, while Anna Gragg recorded six kills and four blocks and Victoria Baptista scored six kills. Anna Willey dished out 13 assists, while Margaret Latchford collected a team-best seven digs.

Air Force led set one, 12-6, after 18 serves. Liberty later drew to within 13-11 on a kill by Carter. The Falcons took over from there, outscoring the Lady Flames, 12-4, down the stretch to win, 25-15.

The hosts outhit Liberty, .242-.027 in set one, thanks in part to five Falcon blocks. Ssozi scored five kills, while Heineck factored in on all five Air Force rejections.

Liberty opened up a 15-12 lead in the second set when Payton Carter scored a kill. Air Force went on a 9-3 rally, going ahead, 21-18, on a Miksch kill. The Lady Flames fought back, drawing to within 24-22 when Carter served an ace. Ssozi's kill sealed set two for Air Force, 25-22.

During set two, Air Force outhit Liberty, .265-.200. Ssozi scored five kills for the Falcons.

The teams battled back and forth early on in set three, with Goodwin's kill producing the ninth tie of the set at 14-14. Heineck posted a kill and a block during a 4-0 Air Force rally. Liberty battled to within three, 20-17, on a block by Gabrielle Vess and Gragg. Air Force pulled away and a kill by Heldt sealed the set, 25-20.

The Falcons hit .207 in the final set, compared to .062 for Liberty. Miksch sent down five set-three kills.

The Lady Flames return home, and will host Commonwealth foe VCU at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Vines Center.