Winthrop's volleyball team fought hard on "Cram the Coliseum" night in a 3-0 loss to the second-place Liberty Flames in a Big South match Friday night in Winthrop Coliseum.
"We had a good crowd for "Cram the Coliseum" night, and they did a great job of cheering us on," Winthrop head coach Sally Polhamus said.
Sophomore middle hitter Sara Felts led the Eagles (7-13 overall, 3-4 Big South) with seven kills and a .235 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Chrissie Albers led Winthrop with 18 assists while freshman libero Janice Rivera finished with 16 digs.
Liberty (16-6, 7-1) had three players with double-digit kills, led by Ashley Webber, who had 14. Kallie Corbin led the Flames with 39 assists while Karyl Bacon led Liberty with 27 digs.
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Winthrop stayed close to the Flames early in set one, but with the score at 9-7, Liberty won six straight points to take a 15-7 lead. Winthrop then won four points in a row to get within 15-11, but four points was as close as they got as Liberty took set one 25-17.
In the second set, Liberty tried to run away with a big lead, but Winthrop continuously battled back. After being down 16-10, Winthrop worked to get back within 17-16, but that was as close as they got. Liberty then took five straight points to increase its lead to 23-17 and took set two, 25-19.
The teams were tied at 10 midway through the third set. Liberty, however, allowed only five points to the Eagles over the last 20 points and took set three 25-15.
"We weren't able to pass to run our offense," Polhamus said. "We have to get the pass to run a consistent offense."
As a team, the Eagles hit .151 with 31 kills, 29 assists and 49 digs. Liberty hit .333 with 51 kills, 47 assists and 63 digs.
Winthrop returns to action this afternoon as it hosts Radford in a 2 p.m. Big South match.
• MEN'S GOLF -- Winthrop's Brent Martin, a senior out of LaPlata, Md., has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Golfer of the Week.
Martin shot a career best 6-under par 210 (69-70-71) at the Xavier Invitational as the Eagles finished in fifth place out of 20 teams. The first round score of 69 was his lowest of the season and second-lowest of his career.