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Montana Deals Lady Flames First Loss of 2009

August 29, 2009  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Kallie Corbin notched 41 assists, 11 digs and six kills versus Montana, Saturday morning.

Kallie Corbin notched 41 assists, 11 digs and six kills versus Montana, Saturday morning.

The Liberty volleyball team won the opening set Saturday morning, before Montana bounced back to claim a 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 27-25) win over the Lady Flames in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The match opened play on the second day of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

Liberty falls to 1-1, despite getting double-doubles from Karyl Bacon (Jr., OH/DS, Temecula, Calif.), Kallie Corbin (Sr., S, Beaverton, Ore.) and Nicki Scripko (Jr., OH/RS, Fayetteville, N.C.). Montana of the Big Sky Conference, sparked by Amy Roberts' match-high 16 kills, evens its record at 1-1.

The Lady Flames owned a slim, 9-8 advantage in the first set, before Bacon, Scripko and Corbin recorded three consecutive kills. Liberty stayed in front for the remainder of the stanza, before Kirstyn Sanders (R-Jr., MB, Bear, Del.) put the finishing touches on its 25-20 victory with a kill of her own.

The Lady Flames hit .355 in the opening stanza, led by Bacon's five kills and .364 attack percentage. Corbin contributed a dozen assists and three kills, while libero Kelly Haseman (So., L/DS, Three Rivers, Mich.) came up with a set-high five digs. Stephanie Turner hit .500 with four kills to pace Montana in set one.

Liberty jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the outset of the second set, after Chelaine McCarty (Sr., MB, Houston, Ala.) finished each of the first two rallies with kills. The Grizzlies then chipped away at their deficit and eventually took control with a 6-1 burst. Whitney Hobbs contributed two kills and a block assist to the pivotal run, which gave Montana a 19-16 lead. The Lady Flames and Grizzlies headed to the intermission deadlocked at one set apiece, after Montana wrapped up a 25-20 win.

Brittany Quick keyed the Grizzlies' success in the second stanza, hitting 1.000 with four kills and a trio of digs. On the Liberty side of the net, Scripko led the team with five kills and three digs during the second set.

The third stanza, which included 11 ties and seven lead changes, saw Liberty claim a 19-15 advantage after three straight Montana errors. However, The Grizzlies answered back with five straight points, reclaiming the lead. The two teams were tied at 23-23, before Montana closed out a 25-23 triumph with back-to-back points.

Bacon led the Lady Flames with four kills in the third set, while Corbin contributed five digs. Amy Roberts' six kills sparked the Grizzlies, who also served for a quartet of aces during the stanza.
Once again in set four, Liberty took a late lead after the two teams had gone back and forth numerous times. Roberts' attack error boosted the Lady Flames to a 23-19 edge. However, Montana quickly roared back to tie the match at 23. The contest was not decided until Whitney Hobbs' kill finished off a 27-25 Montana victory.

Bacon totaled four kills and six digs in the fourth set, but Liberty hit just .085 as a team. Montana's defensive effort in the decisive stanza was highlighted by five blocks, including three by Emma Olgard. Offensively, Roberts put down five kills for the victors.

Most of the statistics ended up even at the end of the match. Montana owned a slight, .179-.174 edge in attack percentage, while Liberty notched 59 digs to the Grizzlies' 58. Two key areas which went in Montana's favor were blocks (9-3) and service aces (5-1).

Bacon recorded her second straight double-double to open the year, finishing with a team-high 15 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Flames. Fellow outside hitter Scripko contributed 14 kills and a team-best 15 digs.

Corbin's double-double consisted of 41 assists and 11 digs, and the senior also added six kills. McCarty hit a team-high .267 with a dozen kills and two blocks.

Haseman came up with 14 digs for the Lady Flames, while serving for the team's lone ace and successfully receiving 21 serves without an error.

Turner had a double-double for the Grizzlies, consisting of 13 kills and 10 digs. Quick made it three Montana players with double-digit kills, as she hit .529 with 10 kills.

Brown led all players with her 20 digs and Olgard summed five blocks, spearheading Montana's defensive efforts. Taryn Wright, the Grizzlies' setter, came up with 48 assists.

Liberty will face the host Hokies in its third and final match at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational, tonight at 7 p.m.