|September 15, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
DIMITROVA - 1
HERRERA - 1
PHILLIPS - 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team capped a successful Friday in Florida by knocking off Florida A&M, 3-0, in its second match of the day in the Gator Invitational. The Bisons also swept Northern Kentucky in an early-morning match at the O’Connell Center.
Although Lipscomb won the sets 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, the match never seemed to be in doubt.
“FAMU is a tough team to play against, so I was really pleased with how we battled through to get the win after playing our second match of the day,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They played a slower pace game and I thought they did a nice job of defending well and that put some pressure on us. Obliviously I would have liked to see us play cleaner, but I thought we dictated most of the match and were able to come away with the win.”
The Bisons (6-5) were led by junior outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum, who posted a match-high 21 kills to go along with 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season and 20th of her career.
Accompanying Nusbaum was her outside-hitting partner, Lauren Anderson. After a tough match against NKU earlier in the day, the junior from Mackinaw, Illinois bounced back for, perhaps, her best outing of 2017. She collected a season high 13 kills, while hitting .281 and digging up five balls.
“Lauren was really, really good today,” Rosenthal said. “It wasn’t just her attacking numbers, she also passed and received well. She gave us great energy and in tough spots she was able to make some big plays.
“We need more of that from her, and that’s something she has been working hard at. I was really impressed with her performance, especially after not playing her best match this morning. It was fun to see her switch gears.”
Lipscomb jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set before FAMU worked its way back even at 16. The Bisons responded by grabbing the next three points and held off the Rattlers the rest of the way.
The Bisons and Rattlers exchanged points for much of the second set before Nusbaum sparked a six-point run with three kills to give Lipscomb a 15-9 advantage. That cushion was large enough to hold off a Rattlers run and move to 2-0 in the match.
The third and final frame was much like the first two with even play for the first half of the set before the Music City Bisons went on a 12-3 run to put FAMU away. Lipscomb got 10 kills from Nusbaum and hit a match high .289 in the stanza. Lauren Anderson added five kills.
- Brittany Thomas matched her season high with 20 digs. She also added five assists and one ace. She is averaging a team high 3.85 digs per set.
- Nusbaum reached 20+ kills for the third time this season. She had six in 2016.
- Chloe Rogers added seven kills, while Maddie Phillips chipped in five. Phillips now has five kills from her middle position in 10 of 11 matches.
- The Bisons recorded a season low two total blocks and a .949 reception percentage.
- Morgan Elmore led the team with 23 assists.
- Marcella Emmanuelli notched 19 assists and seven digs. Her .543 serving percentage was the highest of the season.
- Florida A&M fell to 1-8 with the loss.
- Lipscomb was outhit .255 to .200 and out blocked 12 to two.
The Bisons will play the third-ranked Florida Gators Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the programs. It will also be the fourth ranked team Lipscomb has played this season and the second inside the top-5. The match will be broadcasted live on SEC Network + and live stats will be available.
“Tomorrow will bring different challenges, not that we haven’t already seen them though,” Rosenthal said. “We will enjoy tonight, get some rest and get back and attack it tomorrow. Having already faced teams like Wisconsin, Ohio State and Texas A&M, we are accustomed to working hard against great opponents. Those games will have us ready for Florida and I can’t wait to see how our girls respond. It’s going to be fun.”