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Kennesaw State25212028132
LIPTeam StatsKSU
.258Hitting Pct..243
190Total Attacks169
KillsSHELTON - 17
AssistsPIEDIMONTE - 46
DigsMORTON - 17
BlocksTAYLOR - 4
Nusbaum strikes again as volleyball rallies for 3-2 win
Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Mark McGee
Nusbaum strikes again as volleyball rallies for 3-2 win

KENNESAW, Ga. – For the second match in a row freshman outside hitter Carly Nusbaum dominated for the Lipscomb volleyball team.

In Saturday’s 3-2 come-from-behind Atlantic Sun match win at Kennesaw State Nusbaum set a career record for kills with 29 and also set a career record for digs with 17. It was the second match in a row she has set a career record for kills.

Nusbaum made the final kill in each of the three sets Lipscomb won.

“Carly is going to be one of those players who is going to be that next level player,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We put her on the back row starting in set two and she never came out.

“She gets 29 kills and a .254 hitting percentage. Then you get over to the digs category and she gets 17 in four sets since we didn’t play her on the back row in the first set. We have talked to her about trusting her natural ability and her training. It is fun to see her grow into this.”

The Bisons dropped set one 25-18 and then came back to win set two 25-21 and set three 25-20. Kennesaw State prevailed 28-26 in set four. Lipscomb fought back from a 7-2 deficit in set five to take a 15-13 win at the Convocation Center.

“We got off to a slow start,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Kennesaw did a nice job of putting a lot of pressure on us with their serves. It took us a whole set to kind of settle in with that.

“One of the things we have learned with the group is you have to keep the sets separate. As we got over to the second set we controlled it the whole way. We made a couple of minor adjustments during the break, but we knew Kennesaw was going to battle.”

Rosenthal would have liked to have had four points back in set four, but thought with the exception of that two percent of the match the Bisons played a solid match.

“Set five started a lot like set one,” Rosenthal said. “Kennesaw started with some really tough serving and we got out of rhythm. But we never lost that fight. During the last time out I told the girls, `let’s go for it’. We had fought too hard not to go for it. We had seen a video about making it all count. The tag line was `do more’. It showed in the last eight points.”

Right side Brittnay Estes added 22 kills and a .327 hitting percentage. She also posted a double-double with 14 digs.

“Brittnay came up with some huge points when we needed them,” Rosenthal said.

Middle blocker Jewell Dobson made 13 kills and a match-high .357 hitting percentage.

“Jewell got blocked earlier in the fifth set and when she was on the bench I told her, ‘we are going to need you’,” Rosenthal said. “Sure enough, she made a huge kill (to give Lipscomb an 11-10 lead) that swung the momentum our way. She also had a huge block late in the set.”

Outside hitter Lauren Anderson completed a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.

Libero Brittany Thomas made a match-high 25 digs.

Setter Kayla Ostrom made a career-high 71 assists.

“Kayla played a phenomenal match,” Rosenthal said. “Someone who gets lost in this is Kaitlyn Teeter who had a great match (two service aces, two digs). She opened the door in a couple of sets.”

Lipscomb is 17-8 overall, 9-1 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State drops to 14-7, 6-4 in the conference.

“All-in-all it was a gutsy performance by our girls,” Rosenthal said. “Our coaching staff did an outstanding job this weekend. It was tough having to sit around all day, but the coaches did a great job of having the girls ready to go and keeping them focused during the match.

“You could see the intensity of the two teams. Every week there is no break for us and that is what we want.”

Quick hits

  • This was the first time Ostrom had broken the 70-assist barrier.
  • Both matches were 3-2 decisions with Kennesaw State this season. The Owls won its first ever match against the Bisons this season Oct. 18.
  • This was the third match where Nusbaum has made more than 20 kills.
  • Estes has nine double-doubles so far this season.
  • Lauren Anderson has five double-doubles.
  • The Bisons have clinched a berth in the A-Sun Tournament.
  • They have won their last four matches.


Lipscomb returns to Allen Arena Nov. 6 against Jacksonville and Nov. 8 against North Florida.