|September 29, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball head coach Brandon Rosenthal believes Carli Anderson has a serve that is one of the best in the country.
Friday night in the team’s ASUN home opener, Anderson put that serve on full display to lead the Bisons over Stetson, 3-0, at Allen Arena.
“For Carli, this is something she has been working on for years,” Rosenthal said. “More than anything, it was fun to see her really set the tone early. Once she got in that groove, it put us in a great position and made it hard for Stetson to recover.
“Andi works so hard on her game, day in and day out. I think she has one of the toughest serves in the country. The ball was moving really well today and with a lot of pace. That was fun to see.”
She was a difference-maker, to be sure, in the Bisons 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 victory.
Anderson set a program record with eight aces on the night, but the majority of those came in the opening frame. With the set tied at 1-1, Anderson went to the line for nine consecutive points, six of which came by way of an ace.
“The one big thing Brandon has been working with me on in my role behind the line is to be aggressive,” Anderson said. “They don’t want me to take anything off the serve.
“It definitely takes the pressure off knowing the coaches don’t mind a few errors. It has really helped my mental game, knowing I can just go out there and stay aggressive. If we go after it every time, we know we are going to be successful.”
It was a well-balanced attack all night for Lipscomb (7-7, 1-1 ASUN) as five players finished with at least three kills. Senior Chloe Rogers led the way with 10 while hitting .421 with only two errors in 19 attacks.
After the Hatters (1-13, 0-2 ASUN) won the match’s first point, it was all Lipscomb as a 10-0 run gave the Bisons plenty of cushion to cruise to victory in the first set. It was Anderson’s streak of aces that sparked the run.
The second frame was back-and-forth to begin, but behind a .478 hitting clip, Lipscomb began to pull away midway through, eventually building a 20-9 lead. Rogers secured the set for the Bisons with her fifth kill of the night.
Lipscomb outhit Stetson .244 to .091 in the third and was led by five kills from Rogers and four from Anderson. Brittany Thomas recorded nine of her match-high 18 digs in the frame. The Bisons raced out to an 18-11 lead before Stetson began chipping away at the deficit. After pulling to within one point, Stetson committed three errors to help Lipscomb put the final nail on the match.
The win was exactly what the Bisons needed after going through seven days of practice since last playing in a heart-breaking loss at Kennesaw State last weekend.
“The wait was the hardest part for us, it didn’t matter who the opponent was,” Rosenthal said. “We had to battle time, but I thought we accomplished what we wanted to get done tonight.”
- The Bisons improved to 21-1 all-time against the Hatters. All 21 wins have come in a row.
- Lipscomb outhit Stetson .293 to .112.
- Carli Anderson also set a career high by hitting .636. She had seven kills and no errors in 11 attacks.
- Carlyle Nusbaum was lifted after just one set to get some needed rest. The ASUN kills leader finished with four on six attempts.
- Sophomore middle Maddie Phillips hit .385 with six kills, while freshman Samantha Rubal had a career match. She entered the night with only one career kill, but recorded four in seven attempts on Friday.
- Setters Morgan Elmore and Marcella Emmanuelli each notched 15 assists.
- All 15 players saw the court for Lipscomb.
“Game experience is really valuable,” Rosenthal said. “We have players who don’t get that opportunity often, so it was tons of fun to get them in. The truth of the matter is practice isn’t the same as games. This experience will help them throughout their development process.”
The Bisons host FGCU Saturday night at 5 p.m. The Eagles were swept in three sets at Kennesaw State on Friday.
“We are excited for FGCU,” Anderson said. “All week long we’ve worked hard in practice, so we know what we have to do to win. Our offense and our defense was awesome tonight, so If we can carry this momentum into Saturday, it should be a fun match.”