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Volleyball Rushes Past Liberty, 3-1
Updated: Tuesday 10/01/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary volleyball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night, downing in-state rival Liberty 3-1 at Kaplan Arena.  The victory improves the Tribe to 5-12 on the year, while the Flames fall to 1-13 overall.

Box Score

Nine out of the Tribe's 10 players in the match scored a kill, thanks to the a strong distribution by freshman setter Stephanie Paul (North Bethesda, Md.).  Making her first start, Paul had a double-double with 50 assists and 11 digs, while also chipping in a kill and a block.  Two of her top targets were junior Liz Brown (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore Dessi Koleva (Torrance, Calif.), with 19 and 18 kills, respectively.  Brown's 19 scores came on a .372 attack, and she also added four digs, while Koleva picked up her sixth double-double of the year with 18 kills (on a .349 attack), 16 digs, and a pair of blocks.

Also of note, sophomore Carolyn Albright (Raleigh, N.C.) hit .700 with seven kills, and added three more blocks.  Redshirt-junior Monika Stanciauskas (Wheaton, Ill.) had a match-high four blocks to go with five kills, and sophomore Mallory Brickerd (Ashburn, Va.) had five more kills to go with four digs and two blocks.  Senior Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) had 14 digs with an impressive three kills, while her teammates on defense were redshirt-junior Paulette Grand Pre (Laguna Beach, Calif.) with 21 digs, an ace, and a kill; and freshman Gabrielle Pe (Virginia Beach, Va.) with 10 more digs.

W&M started the match with a bang, leaping out in front with a 7-2 run to start things off, and running its lead out to 20-7 before Liberty made a run for itself to make things a little closer.  The Tribe won the set, 25-12, thanks to a .483 attack with 15 kills.  The second set was much closer throughout, with the Flames able to pull out ahead by as many as five at 17-12.  A kill from Brown ignited a small 8-4 run for W&M that got the Tribe within a point, at 21-20, but a Liberty timeout halted the momentum and the visitors were able to hang on for a 25-21 win.

Coming out of the intermission tied 1-1, the third set was another slugfest between the two teams with 11 ties and five lead changes.  The Tribe was able to stretch out in front late with kills from Brickerd and Albright to reach 24-21, but the Flames were able to fight off three match-points and force ties at 24-all and 25-all.  Koleva made her seventh kill of the set to give W&M its four match-point, and Liberty's attack on the next serve fell into the net to give the Tribe the 27-25 win.

The fourth was another tight one, with Liberty trying to force a tiebreaker and the Green and Gold fighting just as hard to close things out.  In the end, the Tribe's three blocks (Albright with a hand in all three) and five kills apiece from Brown and Koleva proved the better, breaking a 20-20 deadlock and lifting W&M to a 25-21 win and the match.

William and Mary returns to conference play this weekend, with matches at home both Friday and Saturday.  The Tribe will take on UNCW on Friday night, Oct. 4, before hosting conference-newcomer College of Charleston on Saturday.  Both matches are at 7 p.m., and will be streamed live on TribeAthletics.TV.

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