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Western Michigan Downs Liberty in 3 Sets

September 16, 2017  Wilmington, N.C.  RSS
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Amaya Williams led Liberty with 16 assists, Saturday against Western Michigan.

Amaya Williams led Liberty with 16 assists, Saturday against Western Michigan.

Western Michigan pulled out a tight first set, 25-21, on the way to a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-9, 25-12) of Liberty, Saturday at UNCW's Trask Coliseum.

With the win, WMU improves to 2-0 during this weekend's Courtyard by Marriott Tournament while also extending its winning streak to five matches. Liberty (2-10) will look for its first win at the tournament, taking on Morgan State (1-10) at 4:30 p.m.

For the match, Western Michigan outhit Liberty, .519-.053. Both teams posted three blocks, while the Broncos led, 49-19 in kills, 5-1 in service aces and 31-20 in digs.

Quianna Ware scored a match-high 14 kills at a .737 pace for Western Michigan, while Olivia Kofie hit .688 with 12 kills. Mary Murphy dished out a match-high 44 assists, while Kathleen Reilly collected a match-best 13 digs.

Payton Carter and Jenna Culhan shared the Liberty team lead with five kills apiece. Amaya Williams led the Lady Flames with 16 assists, while Margaret Latchford collected a team-high eight digs.

Liberty led set one, 19-18, before the Broncos went on a 4-0 run that included kills from Ware and Sydney LeMay. Gragg drew Liberty to within 22-20 with a kill. However, Western Michigan scored three of the next four points, including a set-clinching kill by LeMay to win, 25-21.

WMU hit .371 with 18 kills in set one, compared to Liberty's 11 kills and .200 hitting percentage. Ware and LeMay scored five kills each in the opening session.

Western Michigan used a 10-0 run in set two to build a 15-2 lead. The Broncos went on to win the set, 25-9, outhitting Liberty, .630 to -.045. Kofie hit 8-0-9 during the second session, while Ware scored on all six of her attack attempts.

The Broncos finished off the sweep, taking set three, 25-12. During the final set, Western Michigan hit .647 (13-2-17), compared to -.111 for the Lady Flames.