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Lady Flames Remain Home for Sunday Match with North Alabama

November 1, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames Remain Home for Sunday Match with North Alabama

Complete Match Notes

North Alabama at Liberty
Lynchburg, Va.

Match Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Match Time: 4 p.m.
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Liberty (15-9, 8-4 ASUN), currently third in the ASUN standings, hosts North Alabama (3-22, 1-11) on Sunday at the Vines Center. In these teams' first meeting this season, Liberty edged the Lions 3-2 on Oct. 4 in Flowers Hall. The Lions have lost their last 10 matches in a row. The last time Liberty played a home match in the month of November was Nov. 19, 2016, a 3-2 loss to High Point.

        The ASUN race is heating up, as FGCU leads at 10-1, followed by Kennesaw State at 9-2. Liberty (8-4) is third, a half-match ahead of both Lipscomb (7-4) and Stetson (7-4). The top six teams qualify for the ASUN Championship, to be hosted by FGCU, while the top two seeds receive a first-round bye.

 

STARTING ROTATION

1. Liberty earned a big win over Lipscomb (3-1) on Thursday night. Playing its first home match in two and a half weeks, Liberty placed four players in double figures in kills and hit .303 as a team in defeating Lipscomb. In conference play, Liberty has outhit opponents .234-.161.

2. Redshirt junior Amelia Johnson is second in the ASUN in kills per set both overall (3.95) and in conference matches (4.14). Her 29 kills against Stetson on Oct. 13 are tied for the second most by a Liberty player in rally-scoring history (since 2001).

3. Senior middle blocker Anna Gragg, a three-time all-conference performer, is 28th nationally in hitting percentage (.399) and hits .412 in ASUN matches. On Tuesday at FGCU, she became the sixth player in program history to reach 400 career blocks. She needs three more blocks to become the first Lady Flame with four straight 100+-block seasons.

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. With 1,053 career kills, she needs nine more kills to pass Chelaine McCarty (2007-09) into 15th place in program history.

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). On Thursday, she passed Julie Sitler (1985-88) into ninth place in program history with 2,068 career assists.

6. Rajini Fitzmaurice has two 10-kill matches this season, both recently. She scored 15 kills at a .667 pace at NJIT last Friday and sent down 13 kills at .440 on Thursday against Lipscomb.  Her .667 at NJIT was the best hitting percentage by a Liberty freshman in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).

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 third in the ASUN with 4.62 digs per set.

 

Team Notes

- Liberty recorded its 15th win of the season on Thursday, tying its win total from all of last year (15-17). This season marks Liberty's fastest time reaching 15 wins since starting 2014 at 15-5.

- On Thursday against Lipscomb, Rajni Fitzmaurice (13), Amelia Johnson (13), Anna Gragg (12) and Casey Goodwin all reached double-figures in kills. The only other time this season that Liberty had four 10-kill players was Sept. 21 against Northern Arizona, in Gragg (21), Kailey Macy (12), Johnson (12) and Lilly Kruse (12).

- The Lady Flames are now ranked 26th in the nation with 2.59 blocks per set.

- After posting 13 blocks on Thursday against Lipscomb, Liberty has now posted 10 or more blocks 11 times this season after recording 12 10-block matches in 2018.

- Liberty is 8-1 at home this season and has won 14 out of its last 15 home contests. The Lady Flames outhit opponents .279-.120 on average at the Vines Center this year.