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UNC Asheville Knocks Liberty Out Of Big South Volleyball Tourney

November 15, 2005  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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UNC Asheville Knocks Liberty Out Of Big South Volleyball Tourney

UNC Asheville used a balanced attack to advance past Liberty, 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Big South Conference Volleyball Tournament 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-23) to end the Lady Flames' season.

The third-seeded Bulldogs advance to the semifinals of the Big South Conference Tournament at Coastal Carolina this weekend. Asheville plays second-seeded Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs (24-6) had six different players with at least six kills. Junior Elif Unlu led Asheville with 10 kills, nine digs and five blocks. Sophomore Ashley Wrightenberry finished with 10 kills and eight blocks.

Wrightenberry hit .727 in the match as she had her eight kills in 11 attempts. Senior Allison Lambert added eight kills and two blocks. Talia Ogle and Rose Butler contributed seven kills each. Setter Amanda Wiles had six kills and 35 assists. The defense was led by Ogle with 16 digs. Krysti Havens contributed
12 digs.

Liberty (9-22) was led by Janell Migeot with 11 kills and seven digs. Mary Alice Pike finished with nine kills and seven digs.

The win was Asheville's sixth straight and avenged a 3-0 defeat to Liberty in last year's Big South Conference Tournament quarterfinals. The Bulldogs have swept their last five opponents and gave won 16 consecutive games.

Asheville started out quickly as it jumped out to a 10-5 lead and never led the Lady Flames get closer than three points the rest of the game. Liberty made 15 attack errors in the opening game as UNCA won 30-20.

In the second game, Asheville's blocking took over as the Bulldogs recorded 10 blocks in the game. UNCA used a 5-0 run midway through the second game and rolled to a 30-22 win.

The third game was closer before Asheville took charge with a 6-1 run to build a 20-15 lead. Liberty could get no closer than three points. The last point of the match came when Butler and Wrightenberry blocked a Liberty attack.

The loss brings the Lady Flames' 2005 season to an end.