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Team Effort Leads Liberty to 3-2 Comeback Win Over PC

September 23, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sirena Vorster recorded 14 kills and six blocks against Presbyterian, Saturday.

Sirena Vorster recorded 14 kills and six blocks against Presbyterian, Saturday.

The Liberty volleyball team fought back from a 21-16, set-four deficit, completing the match comeback, 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 15-8) over Presbyterian, Saturday at the Vines Center.

Liberty (4-11, 1-1 Big South) earned its first home win of the season, while Presbyterian falls to 4-10, including 1-1 in conference play.

The Lady Flames scored a season-high 73 kills at a .290 clip, while the Blue Hose sent down 64 kills at .234. Liberty's 73 kills set a new Vines Center record for kills in a match under the current 25-point rally-scoring format (since 2008). Liberty led, 93-80 in digs and 6-4 in aces, while PC held a 10-9 edge in blocks.

Anna Gragg recorded a career-high 19 kills at a .514 pace, while Casey Goodwin hit .536 with 15 kills. Sirena Vorster (.542) scored 14 kills and posted six blocks, while Gabrielle Vess registered 13 kills and 11 digs. Amaya Williams dished out a career-high 59 assists and collected 12 digs. Margaret Latchford collected 21 digs, while Kaitlyn Young totaled a career high 17 digs and Victoria Baptista collected 10 digs. Hannah Morris served up three aces.

PC's Sydney De Jong recorded 18 kills and six blocks, while Caroline Henderson totaled 15 kills and 13 digs and Erin Eulitz scored 11 kills. Ashton Stewart posted six blocks, while Daley Gosnell collected a match-high 26 digs. Sierra Jones registered 23 assists and 12 digs.

Presbyterian built a 22-14 lead in set one after a seven-point run, capped by a block by Stewart and Jaclyn Brewington. Liberty battled back to within 23-19 after back-to-back kills by Vess. The Blue Hose scored the next two points to win the opening set, 25-19.

The visitors outhit Liberty, .341-.178, in set one.

Liberty led set two, 19-17, before Vorster scored a kill to spark a 6-2 rally as the Lady Flames evened the match at one set apiece with a 25-19 victory.

During the second set, Liberty scored 18 kills at a .444 pace, while PC hit .275 with 14 kills. De Jong scored six set-two kills, while Gragg registered five kills.

PC broke a 15-15, set-three tie, scoring four straight points to go ahead, 19-15. The Blue Hose held a 23-20 lead after a Wright kill. Gragg and Amaya Williams scored back-to-back kills, narrowing the gap to 23-22. However, Liberty recorded two late service errors and PC won, 25-23.

The guests hit .262 in set three, while Liberty hit .200. The Lady Flames outblocked PC, 4-3. Henderson sent down seven kills for PC in the third session.

Presbyterian appeared to be on the way to a match victory, leading set four, 21-16 following a Stewart kill. Vess scored a pair of kills and added a block during a 6-0 Liberty rally, as the Lady Flames took a 22-21 lead. Henderson tied it at 22-22 with a kill. Vorster and Goodwin then scored one kill apiece, before combining on the set-clinching block. All told, Liberty outscored PC, 9-1, over the final 10 serves.

During set four, Liberty outhit PC, .250-.136, aided by five blocks. Gragg scored five kills, while Vorster posted four blocks.

Vorster helped Liberty get off to a great start, scoring four early kills as the Lady Flames built a 7-2 lead. The Blue Hose got no closer than 11-7, as Liberty wrapped up the comeback, 15-8.

The fifth set saw the Lady Flames outhit the Blue Hose, .556 (11-1-18) to .056 (4-3-18).       

The Lady Flames remain home, playing host to UNC Asheville, next Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Vines Center.