|October 07, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is taking every player to make sure the Lipscomb volleyball team is successful.
Eleven of the 13 players on the roster played in all four sets with one playing in three and another in two as the Bisons beat Stetson 3-1 Friday night in an ASUN Conference match at Allen Arena.
“We have never been shy about saying it takes a team to win,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It is what we are all about.
“I thought Marcella (Emmanuelli) set a tremendous match. I am really proud of her. Carli Anderson had a great serving match. It was fun to watch her. Calayci Coffey also played a good match.”
Lipscomb won set one 25-14 and set two 25-13. Stetson rallied to take set three 25-20. Lipscomb once again dominated in set four with a 25-13 win.
Lipscomb is 10-5, 3-1 in the ASUN. Stetson falls to 4-15, 1-3 in the conference.
“It was another good victory and there were some good lessons learned,” Rosenthal said. “That is what the regular season is about.
“Hopefully, you learn some things and you are playing your best at the end of the year. We definitely learned some things.”
One of the major lessons was how the team leaders should react when things aren’t going well.
“Our leadership has to do a better job, especially when we are not playing our best,” Rosenthal said. “A lot of that is just experience.
“I thought in the third set our leadership as a whole just got real quiet. And it was a moment when we needed someone to step in and say `we’ve got this’, especially playing with some players who don’t play as much.”
Three Lipscomb players finished in double figures in kills with outside hitter Lauren Anderson leading the way with 13 followed by right side Taylor Racich and outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum with 12 each.
Lauren Anderson just missed a double-double with nine digs. She also hit .444.
“Lauren was great,” Rosenthal said. “Her hitting percentage was fantastic with only one error. She led in kills and that was fun to see.
“This is kind of a boost for her. She has been playing fantastic. She sometimes doesn’t get her due on the stat sheet.”
Racich recorded a match-high .524 hitting percentage.
Libero Brittany Thomas made a team-high 13 digs.
Lipscomb made 16 service aces with seven players making at least one. Carli Anderson set the pace with five, including three in a row in set two. Lauren Anderson made four and Nusbaum and Thomas added two each.
“I’ve said it before…I think Carli Anderson has a tremendous serve,” Rosenthal said. “As good as we say Taylor’s serve is, Carli’s might be the best on the team.
“It is a different type of ball that not a lot of people have seen. It comes off of her hand with good pop on the ball. Her serve gets to the passers faster than they anticipated.”
Rosenthal has put an increasing emphasis on serving.
“We think that is going to help us win several matches,” Rosenthal said. “We have to understand we are going to make errors, but we have to stay aggressive with our serving.”
- Carli Anderson set a career high for service aces in a match. These were her first service aces of the season.
- Nusbaum has double figures in kills in all 15 matches this season.
- Lauren Anderson’s 13 kills were a match high.
- It was Lauren Anderson’s seventh match with double figures in kills.
- Racich has double figures in kills in 10 matches this season.
- Racich’s hitting percentage was her highest in a match this season and was her first time to finish over .500.
- Carli Anderson tied her season high for kills with three.
- Thomas has been in double figures in digs in 13 matches.
- Thomas made her second kill of the season.
- Emmanuelli made her first kill of the season and set a career high for a match with nine assists.
- Setter Morgan Elmore had 22 assists, the sixth time this season she has made more than 20.
- Nusbaum made a season-high three blocks, one solo.
Next up: FGCU visits Allen Arena Saturday at 5 p.m. The Eagles had their match win streak stopped at 15 Friday night at Kennesaw State. The Owls prevailed 3-1.
FGCU enters the match with Lipscomb with a 16-3 record, 3-1 in the conference.
“I should be a great match,” Rosenthal said. “This is a match everyone on the team is looking forward to. It is the kind of match you want in the ASUN.”