|October 14, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball closed out a perfect week on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over USC Upstate in ASUN Conference action at Allen Arena.
The Bisons won by scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-18.
“I think this was a great performance from our girls,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “The biggest thing was that we were able to limit our errors.
“Those miscues have been the thing that has really killed us this season, but today we found a rhythm and played well. We got back to playing our brand of volleyball.”
Lipscomb’s offense flowed as well on Saturday as it had any match this season. Four Bisons recorded double-digit kills in only three sets of action.
“When you have that kind of performance, your hitting percentage is going to be high,” Rosenthal said. “It becomes tough to stop when you are having attacks from all over the court.”
Junior outside hitter Lauren Anderson paced the pack with a career high 15 kills on 33 attacks. Her previous high of 14, also came on the road at Upstate last season.
She also added eight digs, three service aces and two blocks on her way to a match high 19 points.
“It was really good because Upstate’s block was giving me a lot of room to swing line,” Lauren Anderson said. “A lot of the times I went up, the coaches and girls on the floor were telling me where to swing. That communication was huge today.”
Sophomore middle Maddie Phillips hit a team high .611 with 11 kills and zero errors. Senior right side Chloe Rogers added 11 kills and hit .500.
The Bisons outdug the Spartans 52 to 31. That is the second most digs in a three-set match for Lipscomb this season. Last weekend they had 56 in three sets at North Florida.
“The dig numbers are great,” Rosenthal said. “We finished with 20-plus more digs than them, but what makes that so impressive is we were scoring off of them, and that becomes hard to combat against.”
With the win, Lipscomb improved to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in ASUN play. Upstate falls to 5-15 and 2-5.
“We’ve begun to hit our stride and it comes at a good time,” Rosenthal said. “We get a few days off before a big challenge against Kennesaw State, but this is exactly where we wanted to be coming into this week. We had to take a step back and look at what we were doing.”
- Lipscomb improved to 20-0 all-time against the Spartans. It was the 15th sweep of the series.
- Carlyle Nusbaum just missed her 11th double-double with 12 kills and nine digs.
- Morgan Elmore set her career high in assists for the second time this week with 49 helpers.
- Brittany Thomas and Ashley Maher present one of the strongest back lines in the ASUN. The duo scooped up 14 and 12 digs, respectively. That is a career high for Maher.
- Thomas also added to her program career record ace total with two in the win. She now has 109 as a Bison.
- Phillips led the way with five blocks, while Lauren Anderson and Elmore each added two.
- Lipscomb hit .317, .484 and .387 in the sets, compared to Upstate’s .256, .148 and .161.
Lipscomb gets a lite schedule this next week with just a lone match against Kennesaw State. The Bisons and Owls will serve it up on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena. The match will be televised on ESPN3.
“It’s been really good to get this momentum after struggling a little bit in conference,” Lauren Anderson said. “We just have to keep making adjustments and improving each time out.
“We have to take away our lessons from this week and continue to build off of them. That’s going to be huge against Kennesaw because they are a high-energy team and we really need to get that win.”