|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 33||Kills||Darien Bandel
- 32||Assists||Jordan Lentz
PHILLIPS - 1
THOMAS - 1
EMMANUELLI - 1
Darien Bandel - 1
Darrin Rice - 1
- 20||Digs||Darrin Rice
- 8||Blocks||Krysteena Davis
|September 02, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
ANDERSON - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
THOMAS - 1
ROGERS - 1
Irwin - 5
|September 02, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the heels of a good showing in the LUV Invite, the Lipscomb volleyball team will look to keep its momentum rolling this weekend with a trip to the campus of Ohio State for the 13th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
The Bisons (2-1) will get the tournament started Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Oakland before playing a doubleheader Saturday with 2016 NCAA Tournament teams – Missouri State and No. 20 Ohio State.
The first two matches can be seen on Facebook Live, while the finale against the Buckeyes will be broadcasted on Buckeye Vision. Live stats will also be available for every match.
- Lipscomb and Oakland have met just once before, a 3-0 sweep by the Bisons in 2014 at the Missouri Tiger Classic.
- The match with Missouri State will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 2-0. Both meetings came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2014, OSU downed the Bisons 3-0 in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2010, the Buckeyes won 3-1 in Dayton, Ohio.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Oakland -- 2016 Record: 19-13, 10-6 Horizon
Oakland opened the season by going 3-1 in Butler’s Bulldog Brawl. It got wins against Eastern Michigan, Stony Brook and Robert Morris, but suffered a loss in five sets to the home-standing Bulldogs.
The Golden Grizzlies are led by offensively by senior hitter Darien Bandel who has a team high 64 kills and 72.0 points. Sophomore setter Jordan Lentz ranks ninth in the nation with 171 total assists.
As a team Oakland ranks 12th nationally with 41.0 blocks, 15th with 266 digs and 18th with 207 kills.
Missouri State -- 2016 Record: 26-9, 16-2 Missouri Valley
The Bears are coming off their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 and their seventeenth 20-win season in the last 18 years. After opening 2017 with a 3-2 win over Appalachian State on Friday, the Bears made an appearance in Raleigh, North Carolina where they split matches with No. 8 Kansas and NC State. MSU downed the Wolfpack 3-2 after falling 3-1 to Kansas earlier in the day.
Missouri State is led by All-American and two-time defending MVC Player of the Year Lily Johnson. The senior leads the team with 64 kills, 4.57 kills per set and is second with 45 digs. Her 13.36 attacks per set are 11th most across Division I.
No. 20 Ohio State -- 2016 Record: 22-13, 10-10 Big Ten
After earning its way to the third round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, the Buckeyes opened 2017 by going 2-1 in the BYU Tournament. They swept Texas Rio Grande Valley and downed Saint Louis in four sets, before getting knocked off by No. 10 BYU 3-1 in the finale.
Hannah Gruensfelder and Lauren Witte earned all-tournament honors last week in Provo, Utah. Witte excelled on both sides of the net with set averages of 1.27 blocks and 2.27 kills while attacking .460. Gruensfelder put on a defensive show, posting 4.73 digs per set. She recorded no less than 11 digs in any contest and blew up with 27 digs versus the Cougars in the championship match.
The Bisons made national headlines after their 3-1 win over No. 24 Arizona last weekend. For its efforts, Lipscomb received eight votes in the AVCA Top-25 poll, which would be enough to rank 38th.
VolleyballMag.com also released its first Mid-Major Poll of 2017 and the Bisons came in at No. 8 – the highest ranking in program history. They received 396 votes and are one of only two ASUN teams in the poll (FGCU at No. 24).
Following her standout performance during the LUV Invite, junior Carlyle Nusbaum earned ASUN Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career. The Overland Park, Kansas native totaled 50 kills and 21 digs over three matches.
Her 5.00 kills per set were second most in the league over opening weekend. Nusbaum recorded her 15th career double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs against ETSU. She then closed the Invite with a 25-kill performance and led the Bisons past No. 24 Arizona, 3-1.
When the NCAA released its first stats of the season, Lipscomb found itself ranked third in assists per set (15.40), fourth in kills per set (16.10) and 52nd in hitting percentage (.264).
Individually, Nusbaum is 11th in kills per set (5.00) and 18th in points per set (5.40). Chloe Rogers’ team high .417 hitting percentage is 75th and Ca’Layci Coffey’s 1.20 blocks per set ranks 121st.
CURSE OF THE BUCKEYE STATE
Lipscomb will go into the weekend looking for its first-ever win in the state of Ohio. The Bisons are 0-5 all-time against four different opponents.
- Lost 3-0 at Dayton in 2007.
- Lost 3-0 to No. 9 California in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Columbus.
- Dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio State in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
- Fell in two matches at Xavier, both 3-1 defeats, in 2011 and 2014.
SETTING THE PACE
Junior setter Marcella Emmanuelli has 62 assists in three matches, blowing past her career high. In her first two years as a Bison, Emmanuelli only had 50 combined assists (39 in 2016 and 11 in 2015).
She is second on the team in helpers behind sophomore Morgan Elmore, who has 67 after reaching at least 20 in all three matches.
Lipscomb will have a short week before hitting the road once again, this time for Madison, Wisconsin. The Bisons will play two matches in the Badgers tournament. They will open with No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday, Sept. 7 before playing Texas A&M on Friday.