ASUN Championship Central Tournament Bracket Match Notes Coach Johnson Interview No. 3 North Seed Liberty at No. 2 North Seed Kennesaw Starte Kennesaw, Ga. - KSU Convocation Center Match Date: Saturday, March 27 Match Time: 6 p.m. Live Video: ESPN+ Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Liberty (5-8, 5-7 ASUN), the third seed in the ASUN North Division, will open ASUN Volleyball Championship play on Saturday night at No. 2 North Division seed Kennesaw State (10-2, 10-2). The defending ASUN champion Owls have won all four meetings with the Lady Flames this season. It has been a tightly-contested series, with five sets being decided by two points and two more being separated by just three points. KSU won all five two-point sets in the regular-season series.
The Lady Flames enter the ASUN Volleyball Championship on a three-match winning streak, sweeping Bellarmine on Mach 13 before posting a pair of home sweeps over North Alabama last weekend. During the last three matches, Liberty has outhit opponents .236-.136 while being led on the attack by Trinity Watts (4.33 kps), Rajini Fitzmaurice (3.78 kps) and Lydia Burts (3.56). Amaya Williams has dished out 12.78 assists per set over the last three matches.
1. Third-year head coach Trevor Johnson, a 2019 VolleyballMag.com Under 40 Coaching Hotshots list honoree, earned his 100th career win as a collegiate women's volleyball head coach on March 13 at Bellarmine. He had a previous stint as a head coach at Concordia (CA).
2. Liberty swept a pair of matches from North Alabama last weekend, hitting .247 while averaging 16.00 kills per set. Trinity Watts averaged 4.67 kills per set, while Lydia Burts and Rajini Fitzmaurice averaged 3.83 kills per set apiece.
3. Freshman Trinity Watts has scored double figures in kills in nine out of the last 11 matches, including a career-high 16 against North Alabama on Saturday. She was named ASUN Freshman of the Week on Monday, joining Julia Mangum as Liberty's freshman of the week honorees this year.
4. Sophomore Rajini Fitzmaurice, the only Lady Flame to start the season opener in both 2019 and 2021, has scored 10 or more kills in each of her last four matches. Her 17 kills on March 12 at Bellarmine were the most by a Lady Flame in a single match this season.
5. Amaya Williams was voted the 2021 ASUN Fan-Voted Preseason Setter of the Year. A member of the 2017 Big South All-Freshman Team, she leads the team with five double-doubles. Her 45 assists against North Alabama last Friday were the most by a Liberty setter this season.
6. Aspen Thompson has provided a spark since being inserted into the lineup at right-side hitter on March 13 at Bellarmine. She has collected 10 or more digs in each of the last three matches, including a career-high 15 digs against North Alabama last Saturday.
7. The Lady Flames currently 18th nationally with 2.66 blocks per set, while Lydia Burts is the ASUN leader and ranks sixth in the nation with 1.54 blocks per set. Burts scored a career-high 13 kills last Friday against North Alabama.
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