|September 07, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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MADISON, Wis. – Playing in front of 5,500 raucous spectators at the UW Field House, the Lipscomb volleyball ball team gave No. 6 Wisconsin one of its toughest tests of the season, but in the end it was the homestanding Badgers who came away with the victory, 25-19, 25-19, 26-24.
“As we go through some of these more challenging matches, we are learning more and more about us and what it takes to win,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It’s tough because on one side of things you want it to happen as quickly as possible, but we have to go through it and learn from it.
“I thought we played hard tonight, but we have to get back to what we can control, and our effort and attitude are the things I would like to focus on moving forward. We will get better from this experience.”
The Bisons (4-2) were led by junior outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum, who picked up her third double-double of the season behind a match-high 17 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Maddie Phillips added seven kills.
Morgan Elmore led the Bisons with 18 assists, while Marcella Emmanuelli chipped in 14.
Lipscomb played its best set of the match in the third, even working its way to a set point at 24-23, but Wisconsin (6-0) rallied to win the final three points and the match.
“I liked what we did in set three to really come back,” Rosenthal said. “Defensively I thought we did a really nice job and were able to add some pressure. We made a few good blocks and dug a lot of balls.
“But when you give up that many points on unforced errors, it makes it tough to win and even tougher when it’s against the sixth-ranked team in the country.”
- The Bisons hit just .066 for the match, their second lowest percentage of the year. UW swung .229.
- Freshman Megan Kuper recorded a match-high two aces.
- Behind Nusbaum’s double-digit digs, Brittany Thomas and Marcella Emmanuelli each scooped up nine while Lauren Anderson added eight.
- Ca’Layci Coffey led the team with six blocks, followed by Kuper’s career high three.
- Wisconsin had 16 team blocks, compared to just six from Lipscomb.
- The Badgers have now won 18 consecutive sets to begin the season. The 24 points scored by the Bisons in the final frame, were tied for the most UW has given up all season.
Lipscomb takes on Texas A&M Friday at 6 p.m. It will be the last match of the weekend for the Bisons and the first for the Aggies.
“Tomorrow we face another great opponent with some different challenges, but more than anything we have to look at our challenges on our side of the net and how do we have a short memory of tonight in the idea that even though we didn’t play our best, we were right there,” Rosenthal said.
“We are going to win and lose matches, but we need to do it our way. Let’s not come back in the locker room and say we would like this opportunity again. Let’s expend all energy to feel satisfied at the end of the match. Now we may not get the result, but we can surely control the effort. Don’t get me wrong, we played hard tonight, but I felt we had some left in the tank. I want to exhaust all of that.”