October 20, 20171st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
Kennesaw State19251925153
Lipscomb2517251492
KSUTeam StatsLIP
.201Hitting Pct..115
55Kills53
24Errors34
154Total Attacks165
53Assists50
3Aces3
66Digs68
19.0Blocks8.0
KSULeadersLIP
BOYER - 14
ENGELBRECHT - 14
KillsNUSBAUM - 17
PIEDIMONTE - 42
AssistsELMORE - 40
BOYER - 3
AcesMAHER - 3
MORTON - 18
DigsTHOMAS - 22
TAYLOR - 10
BlocksPHILLIPS - 8
Volleyball's alumni weekend spoiled by Kennesaw State
Friday, October 20, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball's alumni weekend spoiled by Kennesaw State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday night In front of a crowd filled with alumni, rowdy students and a loud contingent of Kennesaw State fans, the Lipscomb volleyball team suffered a defeat to the visiting Owls in five sets at Allen Arena.

The match put Lipscomb four games behind co-leading Kennesaw State in the ASUN standings with six to play. The Owls took the decision by scores of 19-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-14, 15-9. When the teams met in late September in the league opener, KSU also rallied from a 2-1 hole to down the Bisons in five frames. 

The Owls dealt Lipscomb its first sweep in conference play since 2013 with ETSU also won both meetings in five sets. 

Unfortunately for the Bisons, their struggle with hitting errors reared its ugly head with 34 miscues. That is the team’s third-highest total of the year.

“You have to start by giving credit to Kennesaw, they really showed their experience,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Unfortunately that has gotten us twice. We have to be better attacking with the ball.

“Defensively we did a really good job. I thought Brittany Thomas had a fantastic match, along with a number of other players, but having errors at key points is devastating. We know we can do it, we just have to put it all together.”

Carlyle Nusbaum paced all players 17 kills, but with 13 errors on her line, the junior swung her third lowest percentage of the season at .066. She did finish with 12 digs defensively to give her an 11th double-double on the year.

After trading the first four sets, Kennesaw State jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the final frame to grab the momentum. The Bisons trimmed the deficit to one before KSU threw up a brick wall to hold Lipscomb to a -.174 hitting percentage. The visitors were credited with five of their program record 19 blocks in the set.  

“We are in unchartered territory,” said Rosenthal. “We have to rely on knowing how we can play, because at times when we’ve played our best, everyone has seen we are hard to beat.

“But when we play a little hesitant like we did down the stretch tonight, these are the type of results we are going to see. It has to get better. This isn’t what any of us wanted, but it will be good experience.”

The Owls set a program record with 19 blocks. That is the highest total in the ASUN this season. Three players finished with nine or more stuffs. Maddie Phillips led the Bisons at the net with eight blocks.

Lipscomb committed 34 hitting errors. That is its third highest total of the year.

Lipscomb fell to 11-10 overall and 4-4 in the ASUN, while KSU improved to 13-4, 7-1.

QUICK HITS:

  • Junior Lauren Anderson collected her first double-double this season with 10 kills and 10 digs while hitting .280.
  • The 19 Owl blocks are the most in the conference this season. Maddie Phillips led Lipscomb with eight blocks, just one shy of her career record.
  • Senior libero Brittany Thomas was on top of her game defensively. She led all players with 22 digs. That was just one short of her season high 23 at Kennesaw State in the ASUN opener.
  • The Owls swung .201 compared to .115 for Lipscomb.
  • Morgan Elmore was outstanding once again from her setter position. The sophomore had her third double-double of the year with 40 assists and a career high 13 digs.


UP NEXT:
The Bisons hit the road next weekend for a pair of ASUN matches. On Friday, Oct. 27, they travel to USC Upstate at 5 p.m. before heading north to NJIT for a noon contest on Sunday, Oct. 29.