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LIPTeam StatsLOU
.171Hitting Pct..165
175Total Attacks133
KillsMelanie McHenry - 10
Tess Clark - 10
Maggie DeJong - 10
AssistsLyndsay Palmer - 20
AcesMelanie McHenry - 2
DigsMolly Sauer - 9
Melanie McHenry - 9
Lyndsay Palmer - 9
BlocksTess Clark - 11
Janelle Jenkins - 11
Volleyball drops tough decision to Louisville
Friday, September 16, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball drops tough decision to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lessons are seldom learned without pain.

Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal and his players were definitely hurting in the aftermath of Friday’s 3-2 loss to Louisville at the Cardinal Center.

“This was a great learning experience and learning hurts sometimes,” Rosenthal said. “On my white board in my office is something I heard this summer: `Don’t get angry, get better and be resilient'.”

It was one of those matches fans love and coaches sometimes dread, especially whoever comes out on the losing side. The 736 fans, including a strong section filled with purple and gold, saw a great match even if the outcome was a frustrating one for Lipscomb.

Louisville, 5-5, won the first two sets by scores of 27-25 and 26-24. Lipscomb, 7-3, came out strong after the break and changed the momentum winning set three 25-23 and set four 25-18. Louisville prevailed in set five 15-12.

“The fight that we saw throughout the match was great,” Rosenthal said. “I think there were opportunities we missed and early in the season they are opportunities we will learn from.

“The opportunities I saw at the end were about being disciplined and creating opportunities instead of just hoping. But I loved the fight we showed. Everybody fought out there. The fans were treated to an unbelievable match.”

Lipscomb lost for the first time in three outings to an Atlantic Coast Conference team this season.

Lipscomb outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led with 32 kills. She was one of three Lipscomb players in double figures in kills.

Right side Taylor Racich made 13 kills and added a match-high five service aces.

Outside hitter Lauren Anderson made 12 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Setter Kayla Ostrom also had a double-double with a match-high 28 assists and 10 digs.

Libero Brittany Thomas was credited with a match-high 22 digs.

Calayci Coffey, Carli Anderson and Marcella Emmanuelli all played extensively off the bench, especially in the fourth and fifth sets.

“They come in every day and they work hard,” Rosenthal said. “That is what being a part of this team is all about – waiting for your chance to go out and show what you can do.

“I was proud of what they did. It is easy to get lost in the shuffle. Marcella came in and made some huge plays for us.”

Rosenthal pointed out this match proved all 13 players are important.

“Louisville is a good team,” Rosenthal said. “They have spent time already in the top 25.

“Every one of our players made big plays. I would have loved to have won it. Our players would have loved to have won it.”

Louisville jumped out to a 4-1 lead in set five and never trailed.

“Louisville made more plays at the end in the fifth set,” Rosenthal said. “When you get to the fifth set it is easy to get lost in what happened in sets one and two and what happened in sets three and four.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with errors. That is part of it. Our girls didn’t mean to err.”

Lipscomb is working to reach the next level and this match, as painful as it was, is another step.

“There are girls in the locker room that are certainly bummed,” Rosenthal said. “At the same point we took another step forward.

“What we do with this information and what we do with this experience will make us better in the end. I was proud of what we did. It hurts really bad.”


Quick hitters:

  • Nusbaum set a career high in the loss as she broke the 30-kills barrier for the first time in her career. She has double figures in kills in every match this season.
  • Thomas has double figures in digs in every match this season. She had more than 20 for the second time this season after making 23 digs against Texas.
  • Lauren Anderson and Ostrom both recorded their second double-doubles of the season.
  • Lauren Anderson has double figures in kills in five matches.
  • Racich tied her season high for service aces. She also made five against Miami.
  • Lipscomb ended a four-game winning streak and Louisville ended a four-game losing streak.
  • Louisville leads the overall series 2-1.

Next up: Lipscomb continues the Bluegrass visit with a match at Kentucky Saturday night at 6:30. Kentucky, 6-4, swept Louisville 3-0 Thursday night.

“We have to work on our execution late in sets,” Rosenthal said. “We put ourselves in some great spots. We let it get away in the first two sets and in the fifth set. It is just a mentality.”