|November 05, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
DELAND, Fla. – When the Lipscomb volleyball team unpacks this week after three weekends on the road they have five victories as souvenirs.
The Bisons won their eighth match in a row Saturday morning with a 3-1 win over Stetson at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Florida.
“Three straight weeks on the road is tough,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Credit to our staff. They do a fantastic job of planning. I can’t say enough about what they do not only to have the girls volleyball-ready, but physically and mentally ready as well.
“Moving 20 people is quite the task. When you have three weeks on the road you see what a great staff we have and the focus and attention to detail they have.”
Lipscomb won set one 25-18 and then lost set two 25-20. Lipscomb came back to win set three 25-17 and set four 25-14.
“I thought we did a good job of coming out and taking care of business,” Rosenthal said. “In the second set we didn’t play with a lot of energy.”
Rosenthal didn’t have much to say after set two, but he said enough to get his message through to his players that it was time for a change.
“I told the girls between sets two and three that the toughest thing you can do is to make a change,” Rosenthal said. “We asked for a change in energy between two and three and we got it.
“That was awesome. It is what we needed. A quick change in energy usually rights the ship.”
Lipscomb is 18-7 overall, 10-2 in the conference. Stetson falls to 4-23, 1-11 in the ASUN.
Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led with a match-high 17 kills. Right side Taylor Racich added 10.
Middle blocker Katie Bradley recorded a match-high .625 hitting percentage.
Setters Morgan Elmore and Kayla Ostrom made 24 and 20 assists respectively.
Libero Brittany Thomas was credited with 15 digs, a match high.
Middle blocker Maddie Phillips made seven blocks.
“We passed well the entire match and when we pass well, and we are working, our offense is pretty potent,” Rosenthal said. “You can see what we did in set four with 17 kills and two errors for a .600 hitting percentage.
“Everybody made contributions. We controlled the match. We were looking for effort and our style of play. When you see those two things from us we are tough to beat.”
- The team-high seven blocks, two solo, by Phillips are a season and career match high.
- Bradley’s hitting percentage was the second time this season she has hit more than .600.
- Racich was in double figures in kills for the 16th time this season.
- Nusbaum has been in double figures in kills in 24 matches this season.
- Thomas has been in double figures in digs in 21 matches.
- Lipscomb made 11 service aces with Thomas leading with a match-high four.
Next up: Lipscomb returns home to Allen Arena to close out the regular season. The Bisons face Jacksonville Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for “Senior Night”. The final regular season match is Nov. 12 at 5 when North Florida visits.
Lipscomb is hosting the ASUN Conference Tournament Nov. 17-19.