The first in a two-part series written by Brittany Thomas detailing her time with the U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team
With 82.27 percent of student-athletes claiming a 3.0 grade-point-average or higher, the Bisons have earned the ASUN Conference Academic Champions Trophy for the 4th-straight year.
The final day in Malawi finds the Bisons connecting with God and their teammates, swapping letters with the local children and preparing for the long journey back to Nashville.
Day seven of volleyball's mission trip to Africa features an early morning wakeup, a long journey through the countryside and a wildlife safari tour at Mvuu Camp that saw Coach Rosenthal fixing a flat tire in the dark.
Day six found the Bisons helping organize a donations warehouse, attending soccer matches and chatting with the locals about Facebook.
Day five of the mission trip saw the Bisons help set up a hospital for surgery, before playing some friendly matches of volleyball with the locals.
The team found new friends on day four of their mission to Malawi as they made a trip to Chimbwala Village to help with a medical clinic.
Day three of the team's mission trip found the Bisons working in the local school and clinic.
The volleyball team begins their mission with time spent at church and a trip to the market.
Lipscomb volleyball checks in with a report on the first full day of their mission trip to Malawi, Africa
Excitement is the emotion of the day as the team starts day one of the mission trip.
The Bisons are out to return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Lipscomb libero Brittany Thomas has been named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team, marking the second year the program has been represented.
The Bisons gathered in Allen Arena on Wednesday night to honor the best of the last year in Lipscomb Athletics.
Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum was a standout with her aggressive play at the national tryouts in March.
Lipscomb volleyball players Lauren Anderson, Carlyle Nusbaum (33) and Brittany Thomas joined more than 230 players from across the country for Team U.S.A. tryouts.
Heading to the U.S.A. Women's National Team Open Tryouts are, from left, Coach Brandon Rosenthal, Brittany Thomas, Carlyle Nusbaum, Lauren Anderson and Coach Billy Ebel.
Estes, far right, is making the adjustment to beach volleyball on the West Coast.
Garvey was attracted to the success of the Lipscomb volleyball program.
The Bisons finished the season in the top two in a pair of national stats.
Senior setter Kayla Ostrom has been honored as an ASUN "Winner for Life" for Fall 2016, one of eight athletes to be recognized.
Megan Sullivan, right, is enrolled at Lipscomb for the spring semester and will be part of the 2017 roster.
Nusbaum gets the trifecta in honorable mention All-American awards.
New additions for 2017 are, from left, Alyssa Zwolensky, Samantha Rubal, Megan Kuper and Ashley Maher.
Nusbaum's season continues to be honored.
Rosenthal allowed his players to be themselves on the court and use the skills they have been given.
For the second year in a row Ostrom has earned a spot on one of the three Academic All-America Teams in NCAA Division I.
The season is over, but the honors continue to come in for members of the Lipscomb volleyball team.
It was "ride or die" time for the Bisons who battled until the end.
Lipscomb is near the top nationally in assists and kills per set, but it all starts with passing.
The Bisons went through a spirited workout on the court at the Bramlage Center Thursday.
Ford was part of the ESPN3 broadcasting crew for Lipscomb volleyball this season.
It will be a homecoming for three Lipscomb players and one coach.
Team is working and waiting this week until "Selection Sunday".
Kill by Rogers helps punch the ticket to a seventh NCAA Tournament.
Rosenthal preparing his team to face No. 3 seed FGCU.
Rosenthal thinks his team is ready to play its brand of volleyball.
Carlyle Nusbaum earned Player of the Year, Kayla Ostrom received Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Brandon Rosenthal was named Coach of the Year at the ASUN Volleyball Tournament banquet.
An outstanding weekend with a pair of double-doubles tops off an outstanding regular season.
Ebel will serve as assistant coaches' representative for AVCA.
Nusbaum has five POTWs and one Defensive POTW this season.
20 victories and the top seed in the ASUN Tourney give Bisons a reason to celebrate.
Carlyle Nusbaum leads the way with 18 kills and 10 digs.
Kayla Ostrom, Katie Bradley and Taylor Racich to be honored on "Senior Night".
The Bisons extend their winning streak to eight matches.
The Bisons take over sole possession of second place in the ASUN.
Tournament seeding and regular season standings are on the line.
Ostrom makes the first team in District 3 for the third straight year with 4.0 GPA.
Nusbaum picks up her fifth ASUN POTW, her first as defensive player.
A 3-0 sweep of NJIT completes a two-win weekend.
Thomas sets season match high for digs and Nusbaum gets fourth double-double in a row.
Bisons have never lost to USC Upstate or NJIT.
Nusbaum is adding impressive defensive numbers to her kills stats.
Nusbaum wins fourth ASUN POTW award of the season.
Bisons prevail in high-level match on the road.
The Bisons want to start the second half of ASUN season on a winning note.
The Bisons beat their rival from down the boulevard for the third time in a row.
Bisons seeking third match win in a row against Belmont.
Nusbaum has earned her third ASUN POTW of the season.
A 3-1 win over USC Upstate gives Lipscomb a 5-2 record to close out the first half of the ASUN schedule.
Bisons overcome slow start for solid team effort.
The Bisons hope to keep their momentum high this weekend.
Ostrom is one of 30 senior volleyball players from across the nation selected to be a candidate for the honor.
Four Lipscomb players finished in double figures in kills, but Bisons failed to close sets late.
The Bisons will be out to rebound against 25th-ranked Lady Hilltoppers.
The Bisons split the weekend beating Stetson and falling to FGCU.
16 service aces and 56 kills set the pace for the Bisons.
Bisons looking to extend their two-game winning streak in the ASUN.
The Bisons are third in kills per set and fifth in assists per set in the NCAA national rankings this week.
Middle blocker Maddie Phillips was one of the keys as Lipscomb swept UNF and Jacksonville.
Back-to-back sweeps give Lipscomb new momentum.
Lipscomb earned its first ASUN win of the season as Racich led the way offensively.
it's a double challenge for the Lady Bisons this weekend with UNF and Jacksonville.
Four Lipscomb players finish with double figures in kills, but it wasn't enough against Kennesaw State.
Rosenthal calls this a premier ASUN match and expects an exciting evening.
The Kentucky trip ended in disappointment for the Lady Bisons.
Lipscomb played its third ACC opponent in as many weeks, but it was not the charm.
Louisville and Kentucky continue a string of "Power Five" conference foes.
Lady Bisons continue building national attention.
Sweep of three teams from "Power Five" conferences earns national attention.
Nusbaum has been a dominant force this season as she continues to set the pace offensively.
Nusbaum, Lauren Anderson and Thomas named all-tournament for their contributions.
Lipscomb won two matches Friday in the first day of the LUV Invite as Nusbaum set the pace offensively.
Nusbaum, Lauren Anderson and Thomas set the pace in home opener.
Lipscomb has invited Ole Miss, Northwestern and Virginia Tech to Allen Arena for the first home matches of the season.
For the second time in her career Brittany Thomas has been named defensive player of the week.
Lipscomb closes out the American Campus Classic with a dominating finish.
Lipscomb will be back on the court at 4:30 to face Miami in the final match of the American Campus Classic.
Lipscomb played a tough match, but lost for the first time this season.
Lipscomb is in Longhorn Country for three matches Thursday and Friday in the American Campus Classic. Army and Miami are also in the field.
Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum earned the first ASUN POTW award of the season for her dominating performance at Pepperdine.
Carlyle Nusbaum was named to the all-tournament team as she set match highs in kills in all three matches.
Carlyle Nusbaum continues to dominate for Lipscomb with a match-high 23 saves against Pepperdine.
Three players, led by Carlyle Nusbaum with 16, finish in double figures in kills.
Coach Brandon Rosenthal expects his 2016 team to add to the program's legacy of success.
Lipscomb opens season with CSUN and Pepperdine Friday in first day of ASICS Classic.
A mid-major poll is a first for volleyball in NCAA Division I.
Joining Ostrom, No. 1, in receiving honors from the ASUN coaches were libero/defensive specialist Brittany Thomas and outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum (No. 12).
The Lipscomb volleyball team, the defending ASUN regular season and tournament champions, are the preseason No. 1 in the conference for the third straight year.
Taylor Racich, Kayla Ostrom and Katie Bradley are the seniors for Lipscomb this season.
The first practice is one filled with jitters and expectations. Maddie Phillips and Morgan Elmore completed their first collegiate practice with solid efforts.
Taylor Racich was a major star in sand volleyball at Pepperdine but is returning to the inside game for her final season.
Kaley Mohr Lyons is one of several Lipscomb players who have pursued coaching careers after playing volleyball for Brandon Rosenthal.
Volleyball team's 3.50 cumulative grade-point average for 2015-2016 earns AVCA award.
Senior setter enters 2016 season as an even better player as the result of playing for a U.S.A. team.
Pat Summitt's reach was far and wide and that is easily evidenced by the impact she left on the Lipscomb staff.
Another tough schedule features six NCAA Tournament teams from last season.