|September 09, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Taylor Alexander - 6
Kathryn Cather - 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sometimes you can feel the buzz. You can feel it on the court. Then the fans pick up on it and the buzz grows.
From the start of the match between Lipscomb and Ole Miss Friday in the first day if the Lipscomb Invitational the energy was there for the Lady Bisons volleyball team. During the match, a 3-0 sweep for Lipscomb, the energy was not only on the court but in the stands.
While it is not the biggest win in the history of Lipscomb volleyball, Coach Brandon Rosenthal nudged assistant coach Justin Beachy to make sure he was aware of what was happening.
“During the last couple of points I told Beachy there is something special about what we just did,” Rosenthal said. “It felt good. The biggest key for this win was the energy.
“I loved the energy of our team. I loved the energy of our fans. It was an unbelievable crowd.”
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-23, set two 25-21 and set three 25-15.
It was the first loss of the season for Ole Miss. The Rebels, from the Southeastern Conference, entered the match with a 7-0 record.
“Our girls work hard in the middle of the week to be able to do this,” Rosenthal said. “They did a nice job of executing the game plan and continuing to push the level forward.
“The belief factor is huge right now. We are tough. We are disciplined on defense. We can spread you out pretty thin. There is no real offensive weakness. “
Lipscomb, 5-2, will face Northwestern to close out the first day of the Invite at 7:30. Northwestern, 5-2, swept Virginia Tech, 4-3, in the opening match.
“The hard part on days like this is you have to have a short memory and you have to reload for the next match,” Rosenthal said. “What is fun is the fans have read about and maybe seen us on TV, but now they realize it is real. You could see it in their eyes. You could feel it during the match.”
Lipscomb outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led the way offensively with a match-high 15 kills. She also added a .310 hitting percentage.
“Everybody is going to look at the 15 kills, but what I am going to look at is the five digs she made,” Rosenthal said. “We have continued to work on that with her.”
Outside hitter Lauren Anderson posted a match-high .500 hitting percentage.
“L.A. is the unsung hero,” Rosenthal said. “She had eight kills and one error. She passed well and played great defense.”
Libero Brittany Thomas added a match-high 13 digs.
“Brittany is the real deal,” Rosenthal said.
- Nusbaum has double figures in kills in all seven matches this season. This is the fifth time she has held the match high.
- This was the seventh match for Thomas with double figures in digs. She has recorded the match high in all seven matches, tying for the high against Pepperdine.
- Lipscomb is 1-2 overall against Ole Miss. It was the first time Lipscomb had played at home this season.
“They are getting votes for the top 25,” Rosenthal said. “They beat us last year. It is an important win, but it is not at the top.
“More than anything winning the match is about managing expectations from ourselves and the fans.”