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LIPTeam StatsJU
.128Hitting Pct..215
133Total Attacks93
AssistsSTAMATIS - 29
SWAN - 1
DigsSWAN - 10
BlocksCOOKS - 5
Hot start not enough as volleyball falls at Jacksonville
Saturday, October 7, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Hot start not enough as volleyball falls at Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Lipscomb volleyball team torched Jacksonville for a win in the opening set, but that was about the only thing that went the Bisons way on Saturday. The Dolphins responded with wins in the next three sets to take the match, 3-1, in ASUN action at UNF Arena.

The Bisons started red-hot, tallying a .480 attack percentage in game one en route to a 25-12 trouncing, but the Dolphins used a balanced offensive attack and solid team defense to earn the victory by sweeping the final three frames 25-21, 25-18, 25-17.

Junior outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led Lipscomb with 14 kills and 13 digs. Junior outside hitter Lauren Anderson recorded 11 kills, sophomore middle blocker Maddie Phillips chipped in 10 and senior right side Chloe Rogers added eight, but in the end the Dolphins outhit Lipscomb .215 (36k, 16e, 93ta) to .128 (53k, 36e, 133ta).

Lipscomb appeared to be in control early in the match after the 25-12 thumping in the opening stanza, but from there the Bisons only managed to control the lead for four points the rest of the way.

“After the way we played in the first set, we felt good about things,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “But then we started set two off with way too many errors and things went downhill. It was hard to watch. After set one the story of the night was errors.”

In the second frame with the scored tied at five, the Dolphins used a 12-6 spurt to grab a lead it would never relinquish. The Bisons did manage to cut it to two on multiple occasions, but a pair of JU kills closed out the set and tied the match at one game apiece.

Games three and four were all Jacksonville as the Dolphins stormed out to eight and nine-point leads on their way to victory.

After only accumulating three attack errors in the first set, the Bisons matched a season high with 36 errors at game’s end. Over the last three games, JU outhit Lipscomb .290 to .046 while committing only 10 errors.

“We’ve been dealing with this for some time now. This match was kind of the peak of how good and how bad we can play. We had a pretty good talk between sets two and three, knowing we had to come out attacking. But once again we started off with some contagious errors and that put us in a position where we were playing from behind and that created pressure. We did not do a good job of handling it.”

Jacksonville held onto the top spot in the league after the win moved the Dolphins to 11-7 overall and 5-0 in league action. Lipscomb, on the other hand, fell to 8-9 and 2-3. Entering the season, the Bisons had only lost three conference matches in their previous 34 ASUN regular season games.


  • Lipscomb’s 37 digs were the third fewest of the season.
  • The double-double was the ninth of the season for Nusbaum. Her .121 hitting clip was the lowest since September 8 against Texas A&M (.034).
  • Freshman Megan Kuper set a career high after serving three of Lipscomb’s six aces in the loss. She now has multiple aces in three of the last four games.
  • Brittany Thomas had 12 digs, reaching double-digits for the eighth consecutive outing. Saturday’s loss was the first time this season she did not have an assist.
  • Freshman Samantha Rubal made her second consecutive start in the middle. She finished with two kills and five block assists.
  • Phillips has 10+ kills in four of her last matches. Her .043 attack percentage was the lowest since hitting .000 on September 12 versus Western Kentucky.
  • Morgan Elmore led the way with 26 assists, while Marcella Emmanuelli had 25.
  • Jacksonville was led by Mallory Mattingly’s nine kills and Alleah Stamatis’ 29 assists.


Lipscomb returns to Nashville next week for a Tuesday showdown with Belmont at the Curb Event Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

“This will be the first time in a while we’ve had a short week, so hopefully it will prove to be our medicine,” Rosenthal said. “It helps this will be a rivalry game and we’ll have that chip on our shoulder.

“We understand we are going to get team’s best efforts, so we have to rise to the occasion and not be surprised by it. We are excited to get back to work on Monday.”