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    Liberty Rolls to ASUN-Opening 3-0 Sweep Over Queens

    Sep 23, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Volleyball

    Liberty opened its ASUN schedule with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-18) sweep over conference newcomer Queens, Friday at Liberty Arena.

    The Lady Flames (8-5) have won their conference opener for the fourth time in the last five years as members of the ASUN Conference. The Royals fall to 5-9, 0-1 in ASUN play.

    Notable Numbers
    • Liberty hit a season-best .357 compared to .198 for Queens. The Lady Flames held a big advantage in both kills (57-27) and digs (49-29), while the Royals led 7-4 in both blocks and aces.

    • Kate Phillips scored a season-high 18 kills at a .500 pace. Delaney Dilfer dished out a match-high 46 assists, while Lydia Burts hit .450 with 12 kills. Erica Lowery collected 17 digs, while Trinity Watts totaled seven kills and four blocks.

    • Alleigh Johnson scored nine kills to lead Queens, while Elle Ackerman posted three blocks. Kendall Buish led the Royals with 19 assists, while Jesse George served up three aces.

    Turning Point
    • Set one went back and forth, with 15 ties and eight lead changes. The Royals led 21-20 before a service error tied it up. Phillips scored her seventh and eighth kills of the set on back-to-back swings, giving Liberty a 23-21 lead. Both teams sided out from that point on, with Burts’ kill sealing the 25-23 win.

    Quick Hits
    • Liberty is now 4-1 all-time in ASUN Conference openers.

    • The Lady Flames hold a 6-1 home record this season and have won the first set in 11 out of 13 matches so far this year.

    • Liberty hit .357, is highest single-match hitting percentage since hitting .406 (46-7-96) against Central Arkansas, Oct. 22, 2021.

    • Liberty has hit .300 or better five times this season, the most by the Lady Flames in a single season since hitting .300 in six contests during the 2019 season.

    • Dilfer’s 46 assists were the most by a Liberty player in a three-set match since Caila Stapleton dished out 47 assists at Gardner-Webb, Oct. 3, 2014.

    • Phillips’ 18 kills tonight were the most by a Lady Flame since Casey Goodwin scored 18 kills at Stetson, Nov. 12, 2019.

    Up Next
    The Lady Flames and Royals conclude this weekend’s home-and-home series on Sunday at 1 p.m., as Queens hosts Liberty at Curry Arena.