The Presbyterian College volleyball team opened its three game road swing in Lynchburg, Va., with a 3-0 loss to league-leading Liberty. The Flames won the three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-9.
The Blue Hose fall to 9-11 overall and 4-4 in the Big South while the Flames improve to 21-5, 8-0. PC is next in action Saturday, Oct. 25, at Radford. First serve is set for 4 p.m.
Rachel Hall led the Blue Hose effort with eight kills, with Rachel Elshoff behind at six. Ashtin Frank added 19 assists while Mary Trimpe posted a team-leading 14 digs. The Blue Hose collected 27 kills in the losing effort.
Leading Liberty was Sirena Vorster with 14 kills and six blocks. Gabrielle Shipe added 18 digs and Caila Stapleton recorded 26 assists. Liberty collected 33 kills and had a .187 hitting percentage.
Tied 5-5 in the first set, Liberty scored six unanswered to build an 11-5 lead before an Ashton Stewart kill ended the Blue Hose drought. PC cut the lead to four, 12-8, off a kill by Halle Tripp and an Elshoff block. Liberty responded with a 7-0 run, capitalized by two Vorster kills, to expand their lead to 11, 19-8. PC cut the margin to seven at 21-14, but the potential rally was cut short off another Vorster kills and the Flames went on to the 25-15 first set win.
The Blue Hose opened the second set with a 6-4 lead and were up by two again at 7-5 before back to back Vorster kills tied the set at 8-8. The next several points saw two more ties, the last at 11-11 off an Elshoff kill. A 7-1 run by the Flames quickly made it 18-12 in favor of the home team. The Blue Hose rallied with a kill by Stewart and Frank, as well as back to back kills from Tripp, to cut the margin to three, 19-16. Liberty came back with a Caroline Douglas kills and two straight blocks to increase the lead to five, 21-16. A Stewart kill and block, and an Elshoff kill made it a two-point set again at 21-19, but the Flames scored the next four of six points to take the 25-21 second set win.
Liberty stormed out of the gates in the third set, opening up a 15-3 lead before a Johna Robbins kill ended a 6-0 Flame run. Liberty extended its lead to 19-5 until Kelly Berryman and Hall added two straight kills to make it 19-7. The Flames quieted the rally after scoring the final four points to take the set and match, 25-9.