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