Lady Flames to Wrap Up Regular Season in Jacksonville
Liberty (9-12, 5-9 ASUN) closes out its 2021 regular-season schedule with a pair of matches in Jacksonville, Fla., taking on Jacksonville on Friday before facing North Florida, Saturday.
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The Lady Flames clinched the fifth seed in the ASUN East Division and will take on No. 1 East Division seed FGCU in the 2021 ASUN Volleyball Championship quarterfinals on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla. North Florida (22-4, 11-3) is currently tied with Kennesaw State for second in the ASUN East Division, and the Ospreys and Owls meet Friday night. Jacksonville (4-22, 1-3) will see its season end this weekend.
UNF swept the Lady Flames on Oct. 15 in Lynchburg, rallying back from a 16-8 set-one deficit to spark the sweep. The Lady Flames bounced back from a first-set loss to beat Jacksonville 3-1 on Oct. 17.
1. Liberty is looking to get back on the winning track after losing three straight matches. That includes five-set losses to Kennesaw State (Oct. 29) and Stetson (Sunday). The Lady Flames collected a season-best 92 digs on Sunday and fell in set five, 20-18.
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 on Sunday to go along with 12 kills, 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 Sunday 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday 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 Sunday 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.