August 26, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Wichita State2825273
Lipscomb2613250
WSUTeam StatsLIP
.337Hitting Pct..135
40Kills48
9Errors31
92Total Attacks126
40Assists47
3Aces0
38Digs35
15.0Blocks5.0
WSULeadersLIP
BROWN - 11
KillsROGERS - 13
HIEBERT - 32
AssistsELMORE - 22
HIEBERT - 1
MOSTROM - 1
KOON - 1
Aces
CIVITA - 15
DigsTHOMAS - 11
HIEBERT - 8
BlocksCOFFEY - 2
Wichita State hands Volleyball its first loss of season
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Wichita State hands Volleyball its first loss of season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After getting a big win in its season opener, the Lipscomb volleyball team was hoping to keep that momentum going into a big day of action Saturday afternoon at the LUV Invite. Instead, the Bisons met their match as Wichita State exited Allen Arena with a 3-0 sweep.

“You never want to lose, but it was to a quality opponent and I thought we did do some nice things,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “But in the end they made more plays than we did. We have to take this experience and learn from it. It’s kind of hard to hang your head after this one.”

After Wichita State erased an early deficit, the Bisons and Shockers traded nearly every point through the remainder of the opening frame with 16 ties and 10 lead changes. Following kills from Carli Anderson and Lauren Anderson, the Bisons faced set points at 24-23 and 25-24, but each time WSU responded with kills of its own before claiming a 28-26 victory on an Emily Hiebert service ace.

Set two belonged to Wichita State from the onset and it never looked back. The Shockers won the set 25-13, sending the Bisons into the locker room down 2-0.

“I thought we let set one affect us a little too much because we didn’t carry any energy into the next set and it caught us pretty quickly,” Rosenthal said. “While we did put up a fight, we didn’t necessarily play our brand of volleyball, especially in set two.”

One bright spot in the first two sets was senior right side Chloe Rogers. The Stillwell, Kansas native recorded 11 kills to just one error. She finished the game with a match high 14 points, 13 kills and a .370 hitting percentage.

“I thought we let set one affect us a little too much because we didn’t carry any energy into the next set and it caught us pretty quickly,” Rosenthal said. “While we did put up a fight, we didn’t necessarily play our brand of volleyball, especially in set two.”

The third and final set was a lot like the first with the teams trading blows. The Bisons came out with more energy and built a 16-13 lead midway through, led by Carlyle Nusbaum’s seven kills in the set. With Lipscomb needing one more point to win the set, the Shockers reeled off three straight points to take the set and the match.

“There continued to be plays throughout set three that were a little undisciplined for us and that caught up with us,” Rosenthal said. “You have to credit Wichita State, they are a really solid team and are well-coached. Ultimately they are who we thought they are. That’s the landscape of where we are at right now because if we want these opportunities, we have to do more to take them instead of hoping.”

 

QUICK HITS:

  • The Bisons were outhit .337 to .135 and misfired on 31 attacks compared to just nine from WSU.
  • Wichita State blocked 15 balls while the Bisons blocked five.
  • Nusbaum didn’t have her best day. The junior hit -.097 with 10 kills and 13 errors. She did finish second on the team with 11 points.
  • Senior libero Brittany Thomas dug up 11 balls from the back line while also chipping in five assists.
  • Ca’Layci Coffey notched four kills in six attacks.
  • Lauren Anderson narrowly missed double-digit kills for the second match in a row with nine. She also added seven digs and nine points.
  • Carli Anderson and Maddie Phillips each had five kills.
  • Morgan Elmore paced the Bisons with 22 assists from the setter position. Marcella Emmanuelli added 19.

“I like our play for the most part from our setters, but there are a few tight spots we have to make better decisions,” Rosenthal said. “At times we took a tough situation and made it even tougher. But as far as experience goes both setters are young and this will only help them grow and get better.” 

 

UP NEXT:

The Bisons will face their toughest test of the weekend later Saturday night as #24 Arizona brings a lengthy squad into Allen Arena. The Wildcats lost their opening set earlier in the day to ETSU before coming back to win the next three to grab the victory.

“We also know we are going to get another tough opponent in Arizona later tonight, so we have to take what we know on them and combine it with what we just learned to be able to come out and be better as a whole,” said Rogers.