|September 10, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
THOMAS - 1
ELMORE - 1
NUSBAUM - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legs were getting weary. Minds were growing tired. Players weren’t getting their bodies to perform at the highest of levels.
But the Lipscomb volleyball team persevered and swept Virginia Tech 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena and swept the Lipscomb Invitational with a 3-0 record.
“I don’t know if this match was the best volleyball, but it was such a gutsy performance by our girls,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It is fun to see the program at this level, so props to our girls.
“Everybody was fatigued. You are talking about three matches in less than 48 hours. It was three tough matches against tough opponents. There was a lot of mental strain. When you don’t necessarily have everything in the tank that you typically do it becomes mind over matter.”
Lipscomb won sets one and two by 25-21 scores and set three 25-20.
“From top to bottom it was a matter of we’ve got to make things happen,” Rosenthal said. “I yelled at Taylor Racich late in the third set that you can’t hope it is going to happen. You have to make it happen. That is what our team is doing right now.”
Lipscomb is 7-2 overall. Virginia Tech, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, was 0-3 in the tournament. The Hokies are 4-5 overall.
“Virginia Tech is a classy program,” Rosenthal said. “Chris Riley does a fantastic job. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from them.
“This match is one of those resume’ builders for us. Our girls had to dig deep.”
Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum posted a match-high 15 kills and also added three digs, two blocks and one service ace.
Nusbaum was named to the all-tournament team along with teammates Lauren Anderson, also an outside hitter, and libero Brittany Thomas.
“It was a tough one for Carlyle,” Rosenthal said. “You could see she didn’t have everything she typically does. It was a growing moment for her.”
Lauren Anderson made seven kills, posted a .261 hitting percentage and was credited with four digs and three blocks along with one service ace.
“I thought Lauren was really good,” Rosenthal said. “She continues to make things happen.”
Setter Kayla Ostrom made a match-high 20 assists. She also added 10 digs for a double-double.
Defensive specialist Jenny Phelan also made 10 digs.
Thomas finished with a team-high 15 digs.
Amanda McKenzie led Virginia Tech with 11 kills. Carol Raffety made a match-high 18 digs. Lindsey Owens added 10 digs.
Rosenthal gave much of the credit for the success this weekend to associate head coach Billy Ebel and assistant coach Justin Beachy.
“It was a fantastic job by Billy and Justin,” Rosenthal said. “I was really impressed by them.
“I get a front row seat to see those two work. They worked the whole weekend, but I am really proud of what they did in this match.”
- This was the second time Lipscomb has swept its own invitational. The last time was in 2013. They are 10-5 overall in the tournament over the past five years.
- The win over Virginia Tech was the second straight win for Lipscomb over an ACC team. They beat Miami 3-1 Sept. 2.
- Phelan was in double figures in digs for the second time this season. She finished with a season-high 11 against Army.
- Middle blockers Maddie Phillips and Katie Bradley combined for seven blocks. Phillips had four, two of them solo, to tie for the match high.
- Nusbaum has double figures in kills in all nine matches this season. She has been the match leader in kills seven times.
- Ostrom recorded her first double-double of the season in assists and digs. The 10 digs are her season match high.
- Thomas has finished in double figures in digs in all nine matches. She has posted the match high seven times, including one tie.
- Carli Anderson did not play for Lipscomb against Virginia tech due to an illness.
- Right side Chloe Rogers made six kills, including three of the final four points in set two.
“She was huge in set two and came up with a couple in set three,” Rosenthal said. “I encouraged her to keep going and be aggressive.”
Next up: Lipscomb is back on the road with a match at Louisville Friday night and a match with Kentucky Saturday.