It wasn't vintage Liberty volleyball.
But it was more than good enough for the streaking Lions to sweep Frederick, 15-9, 15-10, 16-14, last night in a Central Maryland Conference match at Liberty.
It was the ninth straight victory for Liberty (10-1) since a loss to Linganore in the second match of the season. The Lions came back Tuesday night to avenge that only setback, defeating the Lancers in four games at Linganore.
"I felt like the kids played just well enough to stay ahead," said Liberty coach Helen Derwin. "We were down a little. We didn't get back Tuesday night from Linganore until 10:30 and the girls all stayed up studying. It showed in practice Wednesday. We were horrible."
Frederick (5-6, 4-4) got off to early leads in all three games, but each time Liberty answered with point streaks.
Frederick often aided the Liberty cause with poor serving, mis-hits or communication problems between players.
That allowed Derwin to substitute liberally in the third game.
Liberty finally won the third game on an Emily Hall spike that eluded the Frederick front and back lines for the 16-14 win.
"All the girls were talking about how lousy we were serving," said Derwin. "We lost four straight serves in the third game."
Even Liberty's usually reliable Hall and Dawn Kennick ran into serving woes. Seniors Andrea Dixon (14 service points) and Kari Myers (nine points serving) led the Lions.