Asheville Drops 3-2 Decision To Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Playing in the final regular season match of the season before the Big South Conference Tournament the UNC Asheville volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the home-standing Liberty Flames on Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center, falling 14-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-19 and 10-15.
Alex Stewart recorded 26 digs for the Bulldogs against Liberty
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
With the victory Liberty improved to 23-8 overall with a 14-2 mark in the Big South while the Bulldogs had their seven-match win streak come to an end as they fall to 19-11 and 11-5 in league play.
Asheville’s offense never got on track in the contest finishing the match with only 35 kills and a .081 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Kelsey Benorden recorded a team-high 10 kills for the Bulldogs with Cindi Miller chipping in nine of her own.
“I think today we showed that we are capable of beating Liberty, but we played poorly,” said Asheville head coach Julie Torbett. “We didn’t play very well and we still almost beat the best team in the conference shorthanded. Hopefully this is something we can learn from heading into the conference tournament.”
The Flames had three players reach double-digit kills with Karyl Bacon posting a match-high 15 in the five-set victory. Lillie Happel tallied 13 and Kendle Rollins had 11 as Liberty recorded 59 kills as a team against the Bulldogs.
However, Liberty also committed 30 attack errors with the Bulldogs tallying 12.5 blocks in disrupting the Flames’ offense. The Flames also posted 15 services errors to just five for Asheville, but they did manage to record 12 service aces as well.
Rachel Olivo and Holly Shelton helped control the middle of the net for the Bulldogs as each posted six blocks on defense. Alex Stewart tallied 26 digs for the Blue & White and Rachel Well recorded two service errors.
Jade Craycraft earned 46 assists in directing the Liberty offense while libero Kelly Haseman posted an impressive 35 digs on defense. Craycraft also posted six blocks on defense.