Anna Gragg hit .455 with five kills and added three blocks against Kennesaw State.
The second-seeded Kennesaw State Owls earned their spot in the 2019 ASUN Volleyball Championship final, sweeping third-seeded Liberty (25-21, 25-16, 25-20), Friday at FGCU's Alico Arena.
Kennesaw State (21-8) will be making its third straight appearance in the conference final, taking on defending champion, top-seeded FGCU tomorrow at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year's final. The Lady Flames (19-11), competing in the conference semifinal round for the fourth straight year, were looking for their first finals appearance since last winning the Big South title in 2012.
Notable Numbers • For the match, KSU outhit Liberty .204-.104. The Owls led in aces (8-3) and digs (47-40), while the Lady Flames held an 11.5-8 lead in blocks. It was Liberty's 15th 10-block match this season.
• KSU's Quin Sutphin led all players with 16 kills and added six blocks, while Lauren Chastang totaled 10 kills and three aces. Lexi Broadwater totaled 37 assists and 12 digs for a double-double.
• Casey Goodwin led Liberty with 14 kills in addition to six blocks, while Hannah Morris dished out 27 assists and Macy Phillips collected 10 digs. Anna Gragg hit .455 with five kills, while Payton Carter tied her season high with nine digs.
Head Coach Trevor Johnson "Kennesaw played a really good match tonight. They served tough which kept us from running our offense effectively. We did a great job defensively at the net with 11.5 blocks. We needed some more production from our outside hitters. I thought the seniors played awesome and they left it all on the court!"
Match Summary SET 1 • Kennesaw State jumped out to a 24-15 lead in the opening set before Liberty fought off six straight set points to narrow the gap to 24-21. However, Sutphin scored the winning kill, 25-21.
• Liberty held a slight .135-.116 advantage in hitting percentage, as the Lady Flames posted eight blocks.
SET 2 • The Owls took set two 25-16, once again building a large lead and holding off a late Liberty rally.
SET 3 • Liberty battled back continuously in set three, getting to within 23-20 before Sutphin and Chastang ended the match with back-to-back kills.
Quick Hits • Kennesaw State won all three meetings in the series this year against Liberty and is 6-0 all-time against the Lady Flames.
• Gragg moved into a tie with Kendle Rollins (2010-13) for fourth all-time in program history with 423 career blocks.
• Goodwin posted her 55th career double-digit kill match and 18th 10-kill match this season.
• With 501 digs, Phillips is the first Liberty player since Margaret Latchford in 2015 (502) with 500 or more digs in a single season.
• Gragg (110), Goodwin (102) and Kailey Macy (101) all posted 100 or more blocks this season, the first time in the program's rally-scoring history that three Liberty players have posted 100 or more blocks in the same season.
Up Next Liberty will wait until postseason selection day on Dec. 1 to see if the Lady Flames' season will continue in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
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