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Liberty Volleyball Set to Host FGCU in ASUN Opener, Tuesday

September 23, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Volleyball Set to Host FGCU in ASUN Opener, Tuesday

Complete Match Notes

FGCU at Liberty
Lynchburg, Va.

Match Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24
Match Time: 6 p.m.
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

The 2019 ASUN volleyball schedule opens on Tuesday, and the Vines Center will feature two of the top teams in the conference as Liberty (7-5) hosts defending conference champion FGCU (10-2) at 6 p.m.

Both Liberty (Virginia, Virginia Tech) ad FGCU (Auburn, Miami) have posted two wins over Power Five opponents this season. FGCU and Liberty are ranked first and second, in that order, in the ASUN in both hitting percentage and blocks per set.

The Eagles won all three meetings with the Lady Flames last year, capped by a 3-0 sweep in the ASUN semifinal. The first meeting saw FGCU edge Liberty, 3-2, in the Vines Center on Oct. 12. FGCU was predicted to finish first in the 2019 ASUN Coaches' Poll, while Liberty was picked fourth.

STARTING ROTATION
1. Liberty posted a 2-1 record at the Gators Invitational last weekend, picking up back-to-back five-set wins over Louisiana and 2018 Big Sky champion Northern Arizona. Florida transfer Macy Phillips, playing at her old home court, was named to the all-tournament team.

2. Senior middle blocker Anna Gragg, a three-time all-conference performer, is second in the ASUN in both attack percentage (.389) and blocks per set (1.18). She and Casey Goodwin were both voted to the ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team.

3. Redshirt junior Amelia Johnson is third in the ASUN with 3.67 kills per set. She scored a career-high 19 kills against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 and matched that total with 19 kills against Louisiana last Friday. She leads the team with 10 double-digit kill matches and four double-doubles (tied).

4. Senior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin, a two-time all-conference selection, was a first team All-ASUN pick last year when she led the ASUN with 40 aces. She needs 38 more kills to become Liberty's 16th player all-time with 1,000 or more career kills.

5. Senior setter Hannah Morris was named the 2019 Fan-Voted ASUN Preseason Setter of the Year. Morris is ranked fourth in the ASUN with 9.81 assists per set. Her career-high 53 assists against Louisiana were the most by a Lady Flame since Amaya Williams' 59 against Presbyterian in 2017.

6. Second-year head coach Trevor Johnson has had a highly successful coaching career. Including his time at Concordia (Calif.) and Liberty, he has posted a 108-36 career record. He coached the Concordia men's team to an NAIA National Championship in 2013.

7. Liberty welcomes six newcomers, including five freshmen and transfer junior Macy Phillips. Phillips, a libero, comes to Liberty from Florida, where she was a reserve on the Gators' national finalist squad in 2017. Phillips ranks fourth in the ASUN with 4.44 digs per set.

Team Notes
- Liberty's current nine-match home winning streak is its longest since winning 15 straight home matches from Oct. 14, 2011 through Sept. 3, 2013.

- Liberty has won back-to-back five-set matches for the first time since playing and winning three straight 3-2 contests Sept. 23 through Oct. 3, 2017.

- During Saturday's 3-2 win over Northern Arizona, Hannah Morris, Amaya Williams and Amelia Johnson all had double-doubles. It was the first time since Sept. 8, 2017 against Southern Utah that three Lady Flames recorded double-doubles in the same match.

- The 2018 Lady Flames set a program record for most players to record a 10-kill match in a single season (9). So far this season, five Lady Flames (Amelia Johnson - 10, Casey Goodwin - 9, Anna Gragg - 3, Lilly Kruse - 1, Kailey Macy - 1) have recorded a 10-kill match. On Saturday against Northern Arizona, Gragg (21), Johnson (12), Macy (12) and Kruse (11) all reached double figures.

- Liberty has defeated multiple ACC opponents in a single season for the first time in program history, and is the first team from the Commonwealth of Virginia since William & Mary in 1995 to beat both Virginia and Virginia Tech in the same year.