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Volleyball beats Pepperdine 3-1 for second win of the day
Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball beats Pepperdine 3-1 for second win of the day

MALIBU, Calif.  – The Lipscomb volleyball team capped off a strong start to the 2016 season with a 3-1 win over host Pepperdine in the ASICS Classic late Friday night.

Lipscomb, 2-0, opened with a 3-1 win against CSUN earlier in the day. Pepperdine, a 3-2 winner over Rhode Island, is 1-1.

“All the pieces are starting to come together and that helps a lot," Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "There is a sense the task is at hand and we have to get it done. I am proud of the girls.”

The Lady Bisons will close out the weekend against Rhode Island at 2 p.m. at the Firestone Fieldhouse. Rhode Island also lost 3-2 to CSUN and are 0-2.

“Rhode Island is going to be tough,” Rosenthal said. “They are hungry for a win and we have to play with that same hunger.

“It is the ultimate challenge of playing for what you want. We can enjoy what we did, but we have to turn the page and be ready for Rhode Island.”

Lipscomb won set one 25-20 and lost 26-24 in set two. Lipscomb rebounded with a 29-27 win in set three and a 25-21 victory in set four.

“Pepperdine plays a pretty unique style,” Rosenthal said. “We just kind of fell a little bit into their style.

“Defensively, we let off the gas. I was a little disappointed with the number of digs in set two. I was really proud of the way the girls fought back in set three and set four had a lot to do with Maddie Phillips and her serving. It was good to finish strong.”

In set four Lipscomb opened with a 7-0 lead.

Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum made a match high 23 for her second double figures match.  She also had a match-high .378 hitting percentage. Taylor Racich added 16 kills, also her second double figures match.

Nusbaum had seven kills in both sets three and four.

“She is that type of player,” Rosenthal said. “She had a little of a slow start, but some of that was the passing.”

Setter Kayla Ostrom led with a match-high 39 assists. Morgan Elmore was credited with 18 assists.

Libero Brittany Thomas tied for the match high in digs with 16 after making 13 against CSUN. Lauren Anderson added 14.

Freshman middle blocker Maddie Phillips made five service aces and also made a match high five blocks, three solo.

Aces high: Lipscomb recorded 10 service aces. In addition to the five by Phillips, Thomas made three and Racich finished with two.

“We continue to add pressure through serving,” Rosenthal said. “It isn’t going to necessarily be one or two people.

“In the stats it is aces and errors, but there is so much more to it. When we are aggressive at the service line we are adding so much pressure. It is hard on a long day like this to continue to add that pressure, but I thought we served well all day.”

Rogers that: Chloe Rogers made seven kills, but Rosenthal pointed out what she did went beyond the stats.

“She made some huge kills towards the end of sets,” Rosenthal said. “I really liked that.”

Up next: Lipscomb is back on the road next week in Austin, Texas for three matches.