|October 06, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
ELMORE - 16
HERMAN - 1
SHOFF - 3
GRIFFEY - 3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team got back on the winning track Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of North Florida in ASUN Conference action at UNF Arena.
The important win moved the Bisons to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in league play, while the Ospreys fell to 7-12 and 0-4.
“I thought we played well tonight,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We did a nice job limiting our hitting errors and that put pressure on UNF. We also created good pressure from the service line.
“Our energy and effort tonight were good. When we bring it like this every night, we are able to elevate our game to the next level. This was a good win for our team.”
Lipscomb and North Florida traded points for much of the opening set before a 9-1 run sprang the Bisons out to a 17-10 lead. The attacking efficiency out of the visitors from Music City kept the Ospreys at bay until Carlyle Nusbaum gave Lipscomb a 25-18 victory in the first with her six kill.
The second stanza started off just like the first, with both teams staying within a point of each other midway through, until Lipscomb pulled out to a 6-point lead. A team match-high .395 hitting percentage, coupled with a combined 16 kills from Nusbaum, Lauren Anderson and Maddie Phillips helped the Bisons hold off a late charge from UNF to get the victory, 25-22, and go into the break up two sets to none.
Following another back-and-forth start in the third set, this time is was the homesteading Ospreys who jumped out to a seven-point lead at 19-12, forcing Rosenthal to call timeout.
“Our coaching staff did a fantastic job tonight of keeping the girls in the match,” Rosenthal said. “There were a lot of challenges tonight, and sometimes calls went against us, but I thought our staff controlled the focus and gave the girls exactly what they needed from the sideline.”
Out of the break, Phillips recorded a kill and a service ace to spark a 7-0 run from the Bisons to knot things up at 19. Facing a set point for UNF, the Bisons staved off the attack with a huge Lauren Anderson dig and scored five of the next six points to complete the comeback and the match sweep at 27-25.
“All around it was a great night from Lauren,” Rosenthal said. “She had nine kills and was really hitting a high percentage before running into some trouble in the third that brought it down. Lauren gave us some nice serves, dug tough balls and made a big block. It can be tough when we are rotating some new people in the lineup to find a rhythm, but she did a great job tonight.”
Coming off a tough loss last weekend at home to Florida Gulf Coast, Rosenthal decided to shake things up. He inserted the middle blocker Samantha Rubal into the lineup for her first career start. The freshman impressed once again as she played all three sets and came away with three kills and a career high four blocks.
“Sami is coming off an injury and has been working her way back into the swing of things,” Rosenthal said. “She is a strong natural blocker and I thought we could get a spark from her being in there. If we are going to expect her to give more night in and night out, we have to get her these opportunities.
“Coming off a tough loss, we decided to shake things up a little and North Florida didn’t have any film on her. We definitely had other players in the mix, but this was a strategic coaching decision and I couldn’t be more proud of the way she played.”
- Lipscomb improves to 17-3 all-time against North Florida. The win was the ninth consecutive victory for the Bisons over the Ospreys and the fifth straight by sweep.
- Nusbaum notched a match-high 21 kills, hit .400 and dug eight balls. She went over 500 career digs in the win.
- It marks the 15th time in her career and the fifth time this season that the junior outside hitter has produced 20+ kills. She leads the ASUN with 275 on the year.
- Lauren Anderson finished with nine kills, 11 digs, two assists and one block. She notched her 600th career kill in the second set. Her 11 digs were the most she’s ever recorded against UNF in her career. It’s the fifth time she reached double figures.
- Phillips continued her hot hand with nine kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Over her last five matches she has 55 kills and hit over .375 in every match.
- Carli Anderson was active once again from the service line after recording a match high four aces. 13 of her team-leading 22 aces have come in the last three matches.
- Brittany Thomas was one of three Bisons to collect double-figure digs, she led the way with 17.
- Setter Morgan Elmore picked up her second career double-double with 16 assists and 10 digs. Both have come this season.
- The three sets played were a season high for Rubal.
- Lipscomb outhit UNF .252 to .230.
Lipscomb plays Jacksonville at 3 p.m. Saturday. The match will be played at UNF Arena after Hurricane Irma damaged the Dolphins’ Swisher Gymnasium. Live stats will be available, but not a video stream.
The Dolphins knocked off Kennesaw State 3-1 in the battle at the top of the ASUN. JU is now in first place at 4-0 in league action.
“We weren’t able to watch Jacksonville play earlier in the day, but in looking at the stats it seems they played pretty well,” Rosenthal said. “This is exactly where we want to be playing the top team in the conference.
“We will be looking to continue this tomorrow.”