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November 04, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
.328Hitting Pct..173
122Total Attacks127
KillsCARROLL - 16
AssistsRICK - 30
DigsCARROLL - 15
BlocksSERRANO - 4
Volleyball sweeps FGCU for seventh straight win
Friday, November 4, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball sweeps FGCU for seventh straight win

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A kill for a kill. A dig for a dig. A block for a block. A set for a set. A match for a match.

Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal downplays ideas like revenge, but Friday night’s 3-0 sweep of Florida Gulf Coast at Alico Arena in Fort Myers was special on many levels.

The most important was the Bisons took sole possession of second place in the ASUN Conference with the victory.

“It is one of those things where we could look at a lot of different scenarios,” Rosenthal said. “We have to go out and play our game right now and take care of our opportunities.

“I don’t come into a match saying we have to win 3-0. We wanted to compete and I think we did a nice job of that. When they were at our place they were the ones who created the pressure. We came out very focused, and dialed in as to what we needed to do, and ultimately it paid off in this match.”

The Bisons are 9-2 in the conference, 17-7 overall. FGCU drops to 8-3 in the ASUN, 22-5 overall.

Lipscomb extended its win streak to seven matches.

Also there was the memory of the first time the teams met this season, a 3-0 win by FGCU in Allen Arena Oct. 8.

 The Bisons answered that loss winning set one 25-21, set two 25-12 and set three 31-29.

“I thought the girls did a fantastic job of really coming out and playing our game,” Rosenthal said. “That was huge. I thought we created a lot of pressure early on in the match. I just love what we did.

“The first set was back-and-forth and was a great set. The second set we turned up the pressure and that created a lot of opportunities for us. The whole match the defense, blocking and defending, did a great job.”

The third set showed the resiliency of the Bisons as they were forced to fight back several times down the stretch.

“I thought we passed well all match and we just let a couple of balls get away from us at the end of set three,” Rosenthal said. “But I think it says a lot about the team right now and the way we were able to settle in and find a way to win.”

Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum made a match-high 22 kills. She recorded a double-double with 13 digs.

Right side Taylor Racich added 12 kills and a .435 hitting percentage.

Libero Brittany Thomas made a match-high 26 digs.

Setters Kayla Ostrom and Morgan Elmore each made 20 assists.

Amanda Carroll led FGCU with 16 kills.

The Bisons posted a .328 hitting percentage with a match-high .484 in set two.

“When you look I don’t think we had more than five errors in any of the sets,” Rosenthal said. “That helps to have such cleaning hitting against a really great team. That is what we strive for.”

Quick hitters:

  • The Lipscomb win ended a 14-match home victory streak for FGCU.
  • Nusbaum recorded her sixth double-double of the season in kills and digs.
  • The 26 digs by Thomas are a season match-high. It is her sixth match with 22 or more digs this season.
  • Nusbaum’s .391 hitting percentage was her highest since the season opener against CSUN.
  • Racich was in double figures in kills for the 15th time this season. It was her sixth time to have a hitting percentage .407 or higher.
  • Nusbaum has 21 or more kills in five matches.

Next up: The Bisons head to DeLand, Florida to face Stetson Saturday morning at 11. Kennesaw swept Stetson 3-0 Friday night. Stetson is 4-22, 1-10 in the ASUN.