|September 15, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
WESTERN - 1
GENTILE - 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team could not have asked for a better start to the Gator Invitational. In an early-morning match, the Bisons knocked off Northern Kentucky in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-20) Friday at the O’Connell Center to snap their four-game skid.
The win moved Lipscomb to 5-5 on the season, while NKU fell to 4-3.
“I thought we did a really nice job today,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We served well and played really good defense. When you put those together, great opportunities present themselves and we took advantage of that. The girls did a fantastic job of just running our game plan.”
After trading points for much of the opening set to a 15-15 score, the Bisons went on a 7-0 run, sparked by three kills from Carlyle Nusbaum and two service aces from Lauren Anderson, to pull away from the Norse and get the victory. Lipscomb outhit NKU .400 to .192 in the frame.
The Bisons opened the second set strong by jumping out to an 18-9 lead before the Norse began to chip away at the deficit. However, Lipscomb never let NKU get any closer than six before a kill from Carli Anderson gave the Bisons a two-set lead.
The third set saw Northern Kentucky take only its third lead of the match by putting the Bisons in an early 4-1 hole. From there it was all Lipscomb. The Purple and Gold finished off the Norse behind a .243 hitting clip, four team blocks and three Brittany Thomas service aces.
Rosenthal praised the play from his middles Ca’Layci Coffey and Maddie Phillips. The duo combined for 11 kills and nine blocks.
“Our middle play today was very good, not just on the defensive end, but offensively as well,” Rosenthal said. “I thought they really created some adversity for Northern Kentucky and that helped on the pins. It was just a solid job all the way around down there.”
- The Bisons outhit the Norse .305 to .135 for the match. It was the second-highest hitting percentage of the season for Lipscomb.
- Nusbaum was the only Bison in double-figures with 11 kills. Carli Anderson had eight, followed by Phillips with seven.
- Marcella Emmanuelli got the start at setter and led the team with 21 assists. Morgan Elmore finished with 15.
- Phillips led the way with four block assists and two solo’s. Coffey and Carli Anderson also added three block assists each.
- Brittany Thomas recorded five of Lipscomb’s season-high nine service aces. The senior libero also chipped in 18 digs and five assists.
- Chloe Rogers hit .316 with six kills.
- Freshman Samantha Rubal recorded her first career kill in the third set.
“Our freshmen have been doing a great job for us,” Rosenthal said. “Ashley Maher did a fantastic job today and Sami Rubal got her first career kill. That is always fun to see and be a part of.”
The Bisons are back in action later today at 4 p.m. against Florida A&M.
“For us it’s about getting back to the hotel and getting rested,” Rosenthal said. “We have to be ready to come back out later today and attack the game plan.”