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.259Hitting Pct..182
112Total Attacks110
KillsBOYER - 12
AssistsPIEDIMONTE - 36
AcesMORTON - 1
DigsMORTON - 19
Volleyball sweeps through Kennesaw
Friday, October 21, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball sweeps through Kennesaw

KENNESAW, Ga. – It was payback time for the Lipscomb volleyball team.

After opening the ASUN Conference portion of the season with a 3-2 home loss to Kennesaw State the Bisons roared back with a 3-0 sweep of the Owls Friday night at the KSU Convocation Center.

“One of my takeaways from it is that it was a high-level volleyball match,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “And when I talk about high-level I am talking about high-level not only in the ASUN, but in the country.

“It is fun to be a part of a match like this. It is even more fun to come out on the winning end of it.”

The Bisons ended two streaks for Kennesaw State. The Owls entered the match with 12 straight set wins and 12 match victories in a row.

It was also Kennesaw State’s first loss in a conference match this season as the two teams opened the second half of the ASUN schedule.

Lipscomb won set one 25-23, set two 25-23 and set three 30-28.

“In sets one and two we built a lead late in the 20s in each set and built a little bit of a cushion,” Rosenthal said. “That is hard to do, especially on the road.  We took some big swings at the end of sets one and two.

“In set three it was a little different. We got down and battled back and then lost the lead late. But we had some good things going.  Our defense and our blockers did a nice job. Taylor (Racich) battled all match and really came through at the end.”

Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum recorded a double-double with a match-high 19 kills and a team-high 15 digs.

“She had seven kills in the first set,” Rosenthal said. “Nineteen kills in three sets is pretty impressive.

“Her defense kind of feeds her offense. She also served extremely well. She has worked hard at it. To get that full impact out of her is a great benefit for us.”

Setters Kayla Ostrom and Morgan Elmore made 22 and 19 assists respectively.

“Kayla and Morgan did a nice job,” Rosenthal said. “I am extremely proud of them.

“They executed well. There are a lot things Kennesaw does like switch-blocking that other teams don’t do.”

It was the fourth match win in a row for the Bisons who are 14-7 overall, 6-2 in the ASUN. Kennesaw State is 13-9 overall, 7-1 in the conference.

“I thought we had a great week of preparation, including the match with Belmont,” Rosenthal said. “We worked hard in preparation for this match. I am extremely pleased with our effort.

“There was a calm about the team and the coaching staff. We talked about this match not defining us. Fans were standing for the last 10 points. It was nice to get the sweep.”

Quick hitters:

  • Nusbaum has double-doubles in kills and digs in the last three matches and a team-leading four for the season.
  • Lipscomb also prevented Kennesaw State from being the first team to clinch a spot in the conference tournament.
  • Nusbaum tied her season high for digs.
  • Right side Taylor Racich and libero Brittany Thomas tied for the match high in service aces with two apiece.
  • Right side Chloe Rogers posted a match high and season high .500 hitting percentage.
  • Middle blocker Katie Bradley made five blocks, two solo to lead Lipscomb. She has 11 blocks in her last two matches.
  • Nusbaum’s 19 kills are the most this season in a three-set match between ASUN teams.
  • Kennesaw State’s Anaiah Boyer was held to 12 kills.
  • Lipscomb led the match with 46 kills to 39 for Kennesaw State.

Next up: This was the first of five straight road matches for Lipscomb. On Oct. 28 the Bisons visit USC Upstate and then travel to NJIT for an Oct. 30 match.