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Cougars Hold On for 3-1 Win Over Lady Flames

September 15, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa.  RSS
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Cougars Hold On for 3-1 Win Over Lady Flames

Facing each other for the second day in a row, Liberty and College of Charleston split the first two sets before the Cougars won the match in four sets (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23) on Saturday at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse.

College of Charleston (9-5) went 2-1 at this weekend's Pitt Invite, earning a pair of four-set wins over Liberty while falling to No. 9 Pitt last night. Liberty's record stands at 3-10 entering ASUN Conference play.

Notable Numbers
• Liberty outhit CofC, .268-.262, but the Cougars led in aces (7-4), digs (62-54) and blocks (7-6).

• Four Cougars reached double digits in kills, led by Devon Rachel's match-high 21 kills. Rachel added 13 digs. Allison Beckman dished out a match-high 57 assists.

• Kainah Williams paced Liberty with a career-high 12 kills, while Jenna Culhan scored 10 kills, her fifth 10-kill match in the last six contests. Anna Gragg contributed nine kills and a match-high six blocks, while Hannah Morris totaled 34 assists and a match-best 14 digs.

Match Summary
• Liberty led set one 10-9 after a Gragg kill. However, the Cougars went on an 8-0 run and outscored the Flames 16-5 down the stretch to pull away for a 25-15 win.

• College of Charleston hit .485 in the opening set, led by nine kills from Rachel, while Liberty attacked at a .225 clip.

• The Cougars held a 19-18 advantage in the second set, but Liberty took over from there, outscoring CofC 7-3 with a run that included two kills each from Gragg and Williams.

• Liberty found its stride on offense during the 25-22 win, hitting .324 compared to .126 for College of Charleston. Williams scored five set-two kills.

• Set three saw College of Charleston take a 21-19 lead after a kill by Peyton Eisnaugle. Amaya Williams scored a kill to trim the deficit to one before the Cougars closed out the 25-21 win.

• During the third set, Liberty outhit CofC, .250-.222. Eisnaugle connected on all five of her attack attempts for the Cougars.

• During set four, the Cougars appeared to be in complete control at 19-11. Liberty continued to battle back, but trailed 24-20 before fighting off three match-point tries. Rachel then scored a kill, giving CofC a two-point win and the match.

• For the third set in a row, Liberty outhit College of Charleston, this time .278-.231. Gragg scored five kills during the final session.

Quick Hits
• Kainah Williams is the eighth Liberty player to post at least one 10-kill match this season. The last time that eight Lady Flames recorded at least one double-digit kill match in a single season was 2013.

• Morris has registered two double-doubles this season, giving her five for her career.

Up Next
Liberty opens its first season of ASUN play next weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., taking on North Florida on Friday at 6 p.m. before heading across the city to face Jacksonville on Saturday at 6 p.m.