BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Loren Thomas collected 14 kills and six blocks to lead visiting Liberty past Campbell 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 30-28) in Big South volleyball play Saturday inside the Pope Center.
Liberty improves to 9-10 overall on the season and 4-1 in Big South play. Campbell falls to 9-12 and 2-3 in conference matches.
Thomas' 14 scores came on 28 attempts with four miscues, hitting .357 on the night. Freshman Melissa Racz added nine kills in the win, while Lillie Happel poured in seven kills and eight digs. Jade Craycraft posted 36 assists, while Kelly Haseman notched a match-high 18 digs. Craycraft and Ansley Gebben each tallied six kills and nine digs in the win.
Freshman right side Brooke Kelley paced the Camels with a season-best 14 kills, hitting .310 on 29 swings. Senior middle Annie Kobeski registered 13 kills, registering a .312 clip on 32 attempts, adding three blocks against the Flames. Junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves chipped in nine kills with 15 digs in the loss.
Sophomore setter Heather Wilson notched 37 assists, with senior defensive specialist Lauren Garza collecting a season-best 17 digs. Chelsey Pachoud and Kelsey Campbell recorded 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
Despite eight services errors on the night for the Camels, the match featured 44 total tie scores and 17 combined lead changes.
Down 22-20 in the first, Campbell rallied behind kills from Kobeski, Reaves, Lorin Thomas and Kelsey Marek to knot the score at 24-all. Happel, however, registered a kill followed by an ace to put the Flames on top 26-23.
Again tied at 20 in the second frame after a Kelley kill, Liberty's Thomas posted three kills to lead the Flames to a 25-23 win. Thomas totaled five kills in the set.
In the third set, both Kobeski and Kelley recorded six kills apiece for the Camels, pushing Campbell out to an 18-14 lead. The Flames quickly knotted the match with a 5-1 run, as Kelly Haseman's aces tied the set at 19. Still tied at 28-all after trading points, two-straight Campbell attack errors gave the Flames a 30-28 win.
The Camels continue their homestand next weekend, hosting Winthrop (Oct.14, 7 p.m.) and Presbyterian (Oct. 15, 2 p.m.).