September 12, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
LIPTeam StatsPAC
.158Hitting Pct..344
101Total Attacks96
KillsELMAN - 18
AssistsWHITSON - 41
AcesELMAN - 1
WILK - 1
BlocksCRENSHAW - 8
Volleyball looking for a better afternoon
Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Mark McGee
Volleyball looking for a better afternoon

OMAHA, Neb. – The Lipscomb volleyball team has to look to the future instead of dwelling on the past.

Today at 5:30 p.m. they will face CSU Bakersfield, 1-7, in their final match in the Bluejay Invitational at the D.J. Sokol Arena at Creighton.

“We have to have a short memory,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We have to come back and play tough this afternoon.

“We are not playing the way we want to play. We have to play at a higher level for a more consistent amount of time. We have to figure it out.”

Saturday did not start out on a happy note for the Lady Bisons as they fell 3-0 to Pacific. Friday night Lipscomb lost 3-0 to Creighton.

Lipscomb fell 27-25 in set one, 25-22 in set two and 25-13 in set three.

“Right now, we have to focus on our side of the net,” Rosenthal said. “It is hard playing good teams. We have to do a better job of executing game plans and putting ourselves in a better position.

“In the Pacific match we started slow. Unfortunately, it is tough to recover from that.”

Rosenthal is still looking for consistency and better starts in each set.

“I think for us that comes from having a strong defense and really executing in transition,” Rosenthal said. “For us, transition is a big thing and we really didn’t execute.

“We were forced to play a style of volleyball against Pacific that we didn’t want to play. We would get one or two people going and then get in a rotation where we would get stuck.”

Outside hitter Carly Nusbaum led Lipscomb with 11 kills and also had a match-high and season-high .500 hitting percentage.

“Carly struggled against Creighton, but we got her going today,” Rosenthal said. “But we couldn’t find another option.

“This is not a position we want to be in. But we can’t make excuses.”

Libero Brittany Thomas made a match-high 14 digs.

Pacific’s Lexi Elman was credited with a match-high 18 kills. Katrin Gotterba added 10 digs.

Lipscomb falls to 5-3. Pacific is 7-1.

“We have to own our responsibilities,” Rosenthal said. “On the court I don’t think we have done a great job of executing game plans the last couple of matches.

“It is a matter of trust. It is not that they don’t trust us as coaches. But you have to trust the spot you are in. You are playing from behind and all of a sudden you are second-guessing everything. It is a mental battle.”

Quick hits

  • This was the first time Lipscomb and Pacific had played each other in volleyball.
  • Freshman setter Marcella Emmanuelli made her collegiate debut.
  • Lipscomb has lost the last six sets.
  • This is the first time Lipscomb has played CSU Bakersfield in volleyball.