|September 12, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
KOWALKOWSKI - 9
ENGLE - 8
COFFEY - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to get back on track after dropping its last three matches, the Lipscomb volleyball team is set to host rival Western Kentucky Tuesday night at Allen Arena. The matchup will be the fifth consecutive game in which the Bisons have played against a 2016 NCAA Tournament team.
The Bisons (4-4) and Hilltoppers are scheduled for a 6:30 first serve on ESPN3 with Justin Seamon and Lyndsay Rowley on the call.
Western Kentucky leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 9-1. The only win for the Bisons came in the season opener in 2009, a 3-0 victory in Knoxville. They have lost six in a row since.
The match in 2016 saw the two squads battle to five sets in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After winning the opening set 25-15, Lipscomb dropped the next two before taking the fourth 25-16. The 25th-ranked Toppers closed it out in front of their home crowd 16-14 in the fifth.
All nine other matches have been sweeps.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Toppers enter the matchup winners in their last five matches, including sweeps of Saint Louis, Belmont and Kent State. After being ranked 24th earlier in the season, WKU has since dropped out, but still received 18 votes in the latest poll released Monday.
They are fresh off a Holiday Inn Invitational championship where finished 3-0 with wins over ETSU and Pittsburgh. Alyssa Cavanaugh and Amara Listenbee were named all-tournament, while Cavanaugh was also the MVP with a weekend total of 59 kills. Listenbee amassed 14 blocks.
WKU ranks seventh in the nation in hitting (.311), 38th in total blocks (88.5) and 40th in total assists (477). They are averaging 2.33 blocks per set and holding opponents to a .192 kill rate.
Individually, Jessica Lucas stands 22nd in assists (401), while Cavanaugh is 27th in kills (155).
- Lipscomb is 36th in the country averaging 37.77 attacks per set and 46th with 13.07 assists per set.
- Junior hitter Carlyle Nusbaum stands ninth nationally and first in the ASUN with 4.97 kills per set. She is also 14th in points per set (5.27) and 39th in total kills (149).
- Ca’Layci Coffey is third in the league with 1.24 blocks per set. She leads the team with 36 total stuffs, while Carli Anderson is second with 20.
- Lauren Anderson is tops on the Bisons with eight service aces. Brittany Thomas is next with six.
- Thomas has a team high 105 digs, followed by 74 from Nusbaum and 69 from Lauren Anderson.
- Lipscomb is the only team with two players in the top-9 of assists per set. Morgan Elmore is eighth at 6.03, followed by Marcella Emmanuelli at 5.40.
- The Bisons will try to avoid dropping four straight matches for the first time in two years.
- Lipscomb will try to shake out of its funk offensively on Tuesday. It has hit below .100 in each of the last three matches (.055, .066, .092) – all losses.
The Bisons are scheduled to travel to Gainesville, Florida for the Gator Invitational this weekend. Lipscomb will play Northern Kentucky and Florida A&M on Friday before taking on the host and second-ranked Florida on Saturday.