October 15, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
USC Upstate222515161
.152Hitting Pct..301
125Total Attacks136
KillsNUSBAUM - 18
HAAKE - 30
AssistsOSTROM - 28
AcesTHOMAS - 4
DigsTHOMAS - 16
BlocksBRADLEY - 3
Volleyball goes 2-0 for the weekend at Allen Arena
Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball goes 2-0 for the weekend at Allen Arena

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team provided a lesson in efficiency and also picked up a win in the process.

Saturday evening at Allen Arena the Bisons beat USC Upstate 3-1 in an ASUN Conference match,

The Bisons won set one 25-22 before losing set two 25-21. Lipscomb came back strong in sets three and four with 25-15 and 25-16 wins, respectively.

“I thought we did a nice job in the first set,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We actually got out to a good lead, but we didn’t challenge them enough attacking-wise toward the end of it. But we found a way. I was pretty pleased with it.

“We didn’t do a great job of counterattacking their defensive changes in the second set, but coming out of the third we definitely did. Upstate worked hard in set two and they put us in tough spots. That is what they do. I thought we countered with some good stuff in sets three and four in executing what we had been talking about.”

Three players finished in double figures in kills and one was one short of making it four.  Four players posted hitting percentages higher than .350.

For the match Lipscomb hit .301 with .300 in the first set, .394 in set three and .382 in set four. Set two was the only set below .300 as the Bisons hit .154.

“That is what makes us extremely tough to play against,” Rosenthal said. “When you are putting up .300, .394 and .382 something good is going to come from that.

“They are impressive numbers. It doesn’t matter who they are against. I think hitting .301 as a team is going to help us win a bunch of matches.”

Lipscomb closed out the first half of the ASUN schedule 5-2, 12-7 overall. USC Upstate falls to 11-13, 3-4 in the conference.

Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led the balanced Lipscomb offensive attack with 18 kills. She also recorded a double-double adding 12 digs.

“When you look at the stats the thing I am most impressed about is Nusbaum adding 12 digs in really about two sets,” Rosenthal said. “That adds a lot of pressure to the other team. Defensively, as a whole, it spurs our offense on.”

 Right side Taylor Racich made 11 kills and hit .421 for the match.  Outside hitter Lauren Anderson added 10 kills.

Right side Chloe Rogers just missed double figures with nine kills to go with her .350 hitting percentage.

“Chloe did a great job early on, especially getting us settled in,” Rosenthal said. “She was real consistent all the way through. That put pressure on Upstate.”

Libero Brittany Thomas made 16 digs. Thomas also served four aces.

“All around I thought our defense was pretty good minus set two,” Rosenthal said. ‘I thought we settled in and in three and four I was excited about the production we got out of our defense.”

Lipscomb made 10 service aces. Middle blocker Maddie Phillips added three. Racich served two. Nusbaum chipped in one.

“Our serving did a great job,” Rosenthal said. “Ten aces is a great number for us. That, coupled with the defense, puts the other team back on its heels to have to make the first pass. Even as our offense sputtered in the second set we relied on our service to help us out.”

Setter Kayla Ostrom was credited with 28 assists and Morgan Elmore contributed 21.

Lipscomb closed out the first half of the ASUN schedule 5-2, 12-7 overall. USC Upstate falls to 11-13, 3-4 in the conference.

Quick hitters:

  • Middle blocker Katie Bradley had a .400 hitting percentage.
  • It was the second double-double of the season for Nusbaum who had 19 kills and 15 digs against Northwestern Sept. 9. It is also the second time this season she has finished in double figures in kills.
  • Nusbaum’s kills total was a match high.
  • Thomas has double figures in digs in 17 of 19 matches.
  • The four aces by Thomas are a season and career match high.

Next up: It is the volleyball version of the “Battle of the Boulevard” Tuesday night as Belmont visits Allen Arena for a 6:30 match. It will be the last time the Bisons play in Allen until Nov. 11.