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October 14, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
.026Hitting Pct..217
77Total Attacks92
KillsROGERS - 9
AssistsOSTROM - 17
AcesRACICH - 3
DigsTHOMAS - 11
BlocksPHILLIPS - 6
Volleyball sweeps through NJIT
Friday, October 14, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball sweeps through NJIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has a theater degree and he knows all about the importance of dictating the action whether it is on the stage or on the court.

At one point during Friday night’s match with ASUN Conference foe NJIT at Allen Arena, Rosenthal told his players it was up to them to decide how they wanted the match to end.

“Jenny Phelan said it best the other day when she said the players have to do more so we can do less (as coaches),” Rosenthal said. “We can say everything we want to say, but these girls are more than prepared and they know what is going on out there.

“They are very talented. They have to go out and execute and sometimes that is hard. There is an expectation our girls have set and the difference between good and great teams is great teams find a way to make things happen. They have to learn from these experiences throughout the year and not allow them to come and go.”

After trailing 22-19 in set one the Bisons scored six unanswered points to take a 25-22 win. In set two they twice trailed by five points at 11-6 and 12-7 before pulling ahead to stay at 15-14 and allowing NJIT only two more points the rest of the way in a 25-16 decision. Set three was a strong finish for Lipscomb, a 25-13 victory to end the match.

“Unfortunately, it has been a bit of a challenge for us all year to come out with a little more of a sense of urgency,” Rosenthal said. “That is something we need to continue to get better at. It is not the end of the world.

“There is no doubt I was a little frustrated. But we found a way to get it done at the end of the first set. I wasn’t terribly pleased with what I saw in the next set. I liked what I saw in the third set.”

Right side Chloe Rogers led the Bisons with nine kills. Right side Taylor Racich added eight and also made three service aces.

“I thought Chloe did a real nice job,” Rosenthal said. “She had a fantastic match at Western Kentucky Tuesday. It was nice to see her put in a couple of good efforts back-to-back.

“That is something we are going to need down the road as we get into the second round of conference play. When she plays well it helps open things up for us.”

Setter Kayla Ostrom finished with 17 assists and setter Morgan Elmore made 10 for Lipscomb.

Libero Brittany Thomas was credited with 11 digs.

Lipscomb is 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the ASUN. NJIT is 8-14, 0-6 in the conference.

Rosenthal wants to see his team be a dominant force from the start of a match and not let up.

“It is the idea that we have to go out there and dictate the action regardless of who the other team is and where they are in the conference,” Rosenthal said. “We are at our best when we dictate the action.

“When we are not dictating we are playing catch up and that is little bit frustrating as a coach.  We hope by the end of the season we will eliminate that. I think we are moving in the right direction, but I would like to see us move a little quicker.”

Quick hitters:

  • This was the sixth sweep of the season for Lipscomb, the third in the ASUN.
  • Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum finished with seven kills, ending her double figures match streak in kills at 16.
  • Rogers had her first match high in kills this season.
  • Thomas recorded the match high in digs.
  • Ostrom made two service aces, tying her season match high.
  • Thomas has double figures in digs in 15 of 17 matches.
  • Middle blocker Maddie Phillips hit .400. Rogers had a .312 hitting percentage.

Next up: The Bisons continue ASUN play Saturday at 5 when USC Upstate visits. Upstate, 11-12, 3-3 in the ASUN, was swept Friday night at Kennesaw State.

“Upstate is extremely scrappy,” Rosenthal said. “If we don’t come out and dictate early we are going to be in real trouble.”