LIBERTY 3, LA SALLE 2 (25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 21-19)
LYNCHBURG, VA – In a wild see-saw match, Liberty lost a 2-0 lead but held on in the exhausting fifth set to top La Salle in a Round 1 match of the NIVC.
The Flames (20-11) will play High Point in Round 2; Liberty will host, with the match set for 3 p.m. ET Sunday. The Explorers end their season at 15-14.
Anna Gragg had 19 kills for Liberty; Amelia Johnson added 13 kills and 12 digs, and Hannah Morris added 33 assists, 14 digs and six blocks. Macy Phillips finished with 24 digs and four aces.
La Salle got 22 kills and 17 digs from Samantha Graver; Elizabeth Osborn added 18 kills and 12 digs, and Catherine Edgington had 14 kills. Driving the offense was Kathryn Wood with 50 assists and 13 digs, and Rachel Hess added 17 digs.