October 8, 2008
Liberati breaks record; Wolverines fall to Geneva
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College senior middle hitter Natalie Liberati (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) became the school's all-time leader in kills Wednesday night but the host Wolverines dropped a 24-26, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 verdict to Geneva (14-3) in Presidents' Athletic Conference volleyball action at the Grove City College Arena.
Liberati recorded 17 kills in Wednesday's match to eclipse Liz Sparks as the program's all-time leader in kills. Sparks accumulated 1,303 kills from 1995-98. Liberati now has 1,308 kills for her career. For the season, she has 322 kills in 89 sets, an average of 3.62.
Sophomore Jodi Barry (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) added eight kills while sophomore Becky Chapa (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) posted seven kills. Freshman setter Annie Barry (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) distributed 39 assists.
Annie Barry, Jodi Barry and sophomore Kim Budd (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) all recorded 18 digs while Liberati added 16 digs.
Liberati led Grove City in kills in both 2006 and 2007. Her 430 kills in 2007 ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in program history.
It is the second straight season that a Grove City player has established a new career statistical record. In 2007, setter Kim Walsh set a new Grove City record with 4,409 career assists.
Grove City's other career leaders include Sarah Hamsher (1993-96) with 2,150 digs, Rhonda Cratty (1990-93) with 563 blocks and Cara Denniston (1999-2002) with 242 aces.
Wednesday night's match does not count in the PAC standings due to Geneva's provisional status in NCAA Division III. Grove City (7-17) will visit Saint Vincent next Tuesday night, October 14 at 7 p.m.
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