Lady Flames Open ASUN Volleyball Championship Thursday at FGCU
Liberty (10-13, 6-10 ASUN), the fifth seed in the ASUN East Division, opens the 2021 ASUN Volleyball Championship on Thursday at 7 against tournament host, No. 1 East Division FGCU (23-5, 15-1). The winner of Thursday’s match will take on the winner of No. 2 West Division Lipscomb and No. 3 East Division North Florida, Friday at 7 p.m. The conference final will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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Fort Myers, Fla.
ASUN Volleyball Championship Quarterfinals
No. 5 East Seed Liberty at No. 1 East Seed FGCU
Match Date: Thursday, Nov. 18
Match Time: 7 p.m.
Live Video: ESPN+
The Lady Flames and Eagles, after not meeting this spring, have met twice this fall, with FGCU sweeping Liberty both in Fort Myers (Oct. 10) and in Lynchburg (Nov. 5).
Liberty is looking for its first win over FGCU in Fort Myers, as the Eagles are 3-0 against the Lady Flames in Alico Arena. Additionally, FGCU downed Liberty in the 2018 ASUN semifinal, the only previous conference tournament meeting between these two teams.
1. Liberty went 1-1 during the final weekend of the regular season in Jacksonville, Fla., sweeping Jacksonville last Friday before being swept by North Florida, Saturday. Friday at Jacksonville, Lydia Burts and Lilly Kruse both scored 10 kills and Amaya Williams posted her 20th career double-double.
2. 2021 Spring ASUN All-Conference second team member Lydia Burts set an ASUN single-season record with 1.57 blocks per set this spring. She posted a career-high 10 blocks and 12 kills on Nov. 7 versus Stetson, becoming the second Liberty player this season with a kills-blocks double-double.
3. Sophomore Trinity Watts, a 2021 VaSID All-State second team player, was named ASUN Player of the Week on Sept. 7. She scored a match-high 19 kills on Nov. 7 against Stetson, giving her a team-high 10 double-digit kill matches this season.
4. 2021 Fan-Voted ASUN Preseason Setter of the Year Amaya Williams has three 50-assist matches this season. She totaled 52 assists and a career-high 23 digs on Nov. 7 against Stetson, the most digs by a Liberty setter since Caila Stapleton’s 25 against Radford during the 2014 season.
5. Freshman Kate Phillips posted her team-leading sixth double-double of the season on Nov. 7 against Stetson with 18 kills, a career-high-tying 17 digs and a career-high five blocks. Phillips has recorded eight double-digit kill matches in 14 contests played, with a career high of 20 kills.
6. Freshman Lindsey Hardesty returned to the starting libero position on Nov. 7 after missing the previous five matches. She responded by tying her career high with 22 digs. Her four 20-dig matches are the most by a Liberty freshman since Margaret Latchford’s 11 during the 2015 season.
7. Nine Lady Flames (Grace Allread, Lydia Burts, Rajini Fitzmaurice, Lilly Kruse, Kate Phillips, Kennedi Sutter, Aspen Thompson, Trinity Watts and Amaya Williams) have all posted at least one double-double this year. That is the most Lady Flames to record a double-double in the same season.