|October 10, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a monster double-double from Carlyle Nusbaum the Lipscomb volleyball team took care of crosstown rival Belmont in four sets (24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20) Tuesday night to get back on the winning track in the Curb Event Center.
“I thought we did a really nice job tonight,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Anytime you come in against a rival you are going to have a lot of emotions. I thought we did a nice job of settling in during the first set, but we just let it get away at the end.
“It kind of worried us a little because we’ve seen that happen a few times this year, but our girls got better as the match went on and they began to play into limiting errors and wasted opportunities. This was a good win.”
The Bisons and Bruins both moved to 9-9 on the season. The comeback marks the sixth straight win in the series for Lipscomb.
Nusbaum paced the Bisons with 23 kills and a career high 18 digs, her 10th double-double of the season. She hit .362 with only six errors in 47 attacks.
“It’s not a secret to anybody, when Carlyle decides she really wants to dial in defensively, it helps our offense,” Rosenthal said. “You can look at the numbers, the games she has a lot of digs, she also has a lot of kills. A player like her I think it’s just a matter of really understanding that and making it happen rather than after the fact.”
Senior Chloe Rogers put down 11 kills, and Lauren Anderson added 10 with seven digs.
“I felt we were really balanced tonight,” Rosenthal said. “I thought LA did a nice job down the stretch passing the ball and coming up with some key points.”
A few changes from the Bisons coaching staff helped lead Morgan Elmore to a career high 47 assists and freshman Ashley Maher to her first career start in the Purple and Gold.
“We had been making too many errors so we wanted to eliminate that,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t have a lot of time to make the changes, but I thought our girls had the mentality to pull it off.
“For Ashley it was the standpoint of we had to dig more balls. It’s big when you can add that pressure defensively. All of a sudden our defense and blocking got better and better, and then you have to deal with some potent hitters.”
After falling behind four points midway through the first set, the Bisons fought hard to even things before eventually securing a set point at 24-22. However, Belmont recorded the next three points out of a timeout to take the frame.
The next three sets were owned by Lipscomb. The Bisons combined to outhit the home team .356 to .093 and committed just 10 errors compared to 22 for Belmont.
- The Bisons outhit Belmont .307 to .147, including .500 to -.036 in the third set.
- Lipscomb committed just 16 errors in the match, the fourth fewest of the season.
- Nusbaum reaches 20+ kills for the sixth time this season.
- Maddie Phillips chipped in nine kills, four blocks and two aces from the middle.
- Brittany Thomas recorded 11 digs and six assists.
- With five service aces on the night, Lipscomb has now reached at least five in 11 straight matches.
Lipscomb is back at home this weekend for a pair of ASUN Conference matches when NJIT visits on Friday at 6:30 p.m. before USC Upstate invades Allen Arena at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“We haven’t been able to really build momentum all season, so that’s the focus for us right now,” Rosenthal said. “The other good part is we get two days of practice. That allows us to work on some of the things we saw tonight and refine it. That will only help us moving forward.”