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Liberty to Open 3-Match Road Swing at NJIT, Friday

October 23, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty to Open 3-Match Road Swing at NJIT, Friday

Complete Match Notes

Liberty at NJIT
Newark, N.J.

Match Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Match Time: 3 p.m.
Live Video: NJIT Highlander Sports Network
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats

Liberty at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Fla.

Match Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Match Time: 1 p.m.
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats

Liberty at FGCU
Fort Myers, Fla.

Match Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Live Video: Facebook Live
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Liberty (12-8, 5-3 ASUN) will play four matches in a seven-day span in three different states, starting on Friday at NJIT (1-22, 0-8). The Lady Flames will play at Jacksonville (7-15, 3-5) on Sunday before competing at conference-leading FGCU (19-3, 7-1) on Tuesday. Liberty then hosts Lipscomb (11-9, 7-2) next Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Lady Flames got off to a 4-0 start to ASUN play this season, beginning with a 3-0 sweep of defending ASUN champion FGCU on Sept. 24. Lipscomb gave Liberty its first ASUN loss of the season on Oct. 5 in Nashville, as the Lady Flames have gone 1-3 in their last four matches.

1. Liberty is 10-2 when winning the first set in matches this season. Unfortunately, the Lady Flames have lost each of their last two matches (3-2 vs. Stetson on Oct. 13 and 3-1 at Kennesaw State on Oct. 18), winning set one both times.

2. Redshirt junior Amelia Johnson leads the conference with 4.66 kills per set and 5.1 points per set in ASUN matches. Her 29 kills against Stetson are tied for the second most by a Liberty player in rally-scoring history (since 2001) and tied for the most under the current rally-scoring system. She leads the team with 17 double-digit kill matches and seven double-doubles.

3. Senior middle blocker Anna Gragg, a three-time all-conference performer, is 22nd nationally in hitting percentage (.410) and leads the ASUN with a .457 hitting percentage in conference matches. Gragg posted a career-high-tying nine blocks at Kennesaw State last Friday and needs nine more blocks to become the sixth player in program history with 400 or more career blocks.

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. On Oct. 13 against Stetson, she became the 16th player in program history, and first since Caroline Douglas in 2014, to reach 1,000 kills.

5. Senior setter Hannah Morris was named the 2019 Fan-Voted ASUN Preseason Setter of the Year. Morris' career-high 61 assists on Oct. 13 against Stetson are the most by any player in the Vines Center under the current 25-point rally-scoring system (since 2008). Last Friday at Kennesaw State, she became the 10th player in program history with 2,000 or more career assists.

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 113-39 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 fifth in the ASUN with 4.51 digs per set.

Team Notes
- Liberty registered 14 blocks last Friday at Kennesaw State, including eight rejections in set one alone. The Lady Flames are now ranked 29th in the nation with 2.55 blocks per set.

- The Lady Flames have posted 10 or more blocks nine times this season after recording 12 10-block matches in 2018.

- Liberty won 19 straight sets at home before falling in set two to Stetson on Oct. 13. The Lady Flames went almost exactly one year between home losses (Oct. 12, 2018 to Oct. 13, 2019).

- Liberty outhits conference opponents .237-.167 so far this season.

- Amelia Johnson (twice), Casey Goodwin (vs. Louisiana) and Anna Gragg (vs. Northern Arizona) all have at least one 20-kill match this season. The last time three Lady Flames had a 20-kill match in the same season was 2003 (Erin McKeown, Becky Rudnick and Tatiana Tkachuk).

- Liberty is 3-1 in five-set matches this season, and 1-1 in five-setters in ASUN play in 2019.

- Twice this season (Sept. 21 vs. Northern Arizona and Oct. 13 vs. Stetson), Liberty has had three players post double-doubles in the same match.