|November 11, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
GESUALDO - 1
RACICH - 1
THOMAS - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
MATTINGLY - 2
NUSHTAYEVA - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To paraphrase the lyrics of Toto’s song Africa, “Hurry girls, it’s waiting there for you.”
The Lipscomb volleyball team celebrated the first home game in three weekends, and the career work of three senior players, with a 3-0 sweep of Jacksonville at Allen Arena in an ASUN Conference match Friday night.
Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal has talked a lot about opportunities this season and as the Bisons prepare to play their final regular season match Saturday night against North Florida there are so many goals the team can accomplish.
“It is all about opportunities,” Rosenthal said. “We have the opportunity to finish out the regular season and win our 20th match and get the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. It is all there. We work hard and we have said all year long if we get the opportunity let’s go for it. Let’s do this.
“The girls know what they want. We told them you know what you want so go and get it. Whoever is across the net from us we have to make sure we are taking care of our game. We have been doing a nice job of that.”
The Bisons won set one 25-12, set two 25-14 and set three 25-14. Lipscomb gave up the opening points in sets two and three, but were never really challenged in any of the sets.
Lipscomb has won nine matches in a row. The Bisons are 19-7, 11-2 in the ASUN. Jacksonville is 9-17, 5-8 in the conference.
“I thought our energy was great,” Rosenthal said. “It was nice to be at home.
“Obviously, we are a talented team. I don’t think anyone is going to argue that. But I was just impressed with the way we went about things.”
Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum recorded a double-double with 18 kills and 10 digs.
Also in double figures in digs were libero Brittany Thomas with 15 and outside hitter Lauren Anderson with 10.
Rosenthal pointed to the defense as a major reason for the sweep.
“When we play defense like that it is really hard to play us,” Rosenthal said. “Jacksonville did some really nice stuff, but we were prepared to play them and executed our defense the way I hoped we would. We played a very disciplined match.
“When we play defense that tough, and add the pressure of the serve, we know offensively we are going to put up 17 to 18 kills a set. We did a nice job serving and putting a lot of pressure on the first ball.”
Nusbaum also posted a .500 hitting percentage. Right side Chloe Rogers had a .600 hitting percentage. Right side Taylor Racich finished with a .400 hitting percentage.
As a team the Bisons hit .432 including a .533 percentage in set three.
Setter Kayla Ostrom was credited with 22 assists. She added nine digs, just missing a double-double.
No Jacksonville players were in double figures in kills or digs.
Ostrom, Racich and middle blocker Katie Bradley were honored prior to the start of the match on “Senior Night”.
“It is bittersweet,” Rosenthal said. “I don’t want to say I hate it, but I hate it. These three seniors are fantastic. They embody everything we want in our athletes with so much success on the court, but even more success off the court.
“We have been working with these girls for six or seven years. They are a big part of my life. They are a big part of my family’s life. All three showed tonight why they are loved by their teammates, the fans and the university.”
- Nusbaum has seven double-doubles in kills and digs for the season.
- Ostrom has moved ahead of former Lipscomb setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson into 13th place overall in career assists in the ASUN.
- Thomas has been in double figures in digs in 22 matches.
- Nusbaum’s .500 hitting percentage was a season high.
- Lauren Anderson has double figures in digs in five matches.
- Rogers’ hitting percentage was also a season match high.
Next up: The Bisons close out the regular season Saturday at 5 p.m. when North Florida visits Allen Arena. The Ospreys lost 3-0 at Kennesaw State Friday night. They are 18-12, 8-5 in the ASUN.
The game will be available live on ESPN3.