Liberty bounced back from a tight first-set loss, winning the next three sets to score a 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-13) victory over North Florida, Sunday at the Vines Center.
With the win, the Lady Flames (10-13, 7-3 ASUN) run their winning streak to three matches, while the Ospreys fall to 8-18, 3-7 in conference play following back-to-back losses this weekend at FGCU and Liberty. The Lady Flames swept the season series from UNF, previously downing North Florida in straight sets, Sept. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Notable Numbers • For the match, Liberty outhit UNF, .288-.138, also leading in kills (62-38), aces (6-2) and digs (47-35). The Ospreys held a 9-7 advantage in blocks.
• The Flames' Casey Goodwin registered career highs with 25 kills and 11 digs (tied), good for her second career double-double. Anna Gragg hit a career-best .619 while scoring 13 kills. Margaret Latchford collected a match-high 13 digs, while Hannah Morris led all players with 44 assists. Kainah Williams totaled eight kills and a match-high-tying four blocks. Jenna Culhan scored 10 kills.
• Taryn Griffey registered 11 kills and four blocks for North Florida, while Madilyn McCarty chipped in with 35 assists and four blocks.
Match Summary SET 1 • The opening set went back and forth, with 10 ties and seven lead changes. Liberty led 22-21 following a Culhan kill. However, Griffey scored a kill and added a block before Devyn Wheeler's ace made it 24-22 Ospreys. After a Liberty sideout, UNF's Kirby Smith scored the set-clinching kill, 25-23.
• North Florida hit .345 during set one, compared to .244 for Liberty. Goodwin led all players with six opening-set kills.
SET 2 • Liberty broke open a 10-10 second set deadlock, going on a five-point surge and pulling away for a 25-15 victory.
• During the second session, the Lady Flames hit .440 and their four blocks helped hold the Ospreys to a .000 showing. Goodwin scored seven kills in set two.
SET 3 • The Lady Flames led set three by just one, 20-19, before Gragg's two kills made it 22-19. The Ospreys scored to pull within two at 22-20 and again at 24-22, but Goodwin sent down a kill after a Liberty timeout to give the Lady Flames the 2-1 match lead.
• Set three saw Liberty outhit North Florida, .140-.057, while Goodwin recorded eight set-three kills.
SET 4 • The hosts put the match away with a resounding 25-13 win in the fourth set, outhitting the visitors, .478-.154. The Lady Flames also served up four aces during the final session.
Quick Hits • Latchford passed Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Theresa Bream (1987-90) into fourth place in program history for career digs today, as Latchford currently has 1,644.
• Goodwin's 25 kills were the most by a Lady Flame since Gragg's 26 kills in a four-set match at Presbyterian, Nov. 3, 2017. It was Goodwin's fourth career 20-kill match and second this season. She is the 10th Lady Flame in rally-scoring history to record a 25-kill match.
• Gragg's .619 hitting percentage ties Kainah Williams' .619 effort against FGCU, Oct. 12, as the second-best hitting percentage by a Lady Flame in a single match this season. Goodwin hit .684 at Jacksonville, Sept. 22, 2018. This is the first time since 2007 (Ashley Webber, Chelaine McCarty, Nicki Scripko) that three Lady Flames had a .600 match in the same season.
Up Next The Lady Flames step outside of ASUN play for the last time this season, welcoming Maryland Eastern Shore to the Vines Center for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday night.