|October 27, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
COFFEY - 3
PHILLIPS - 3
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Four Bisons record double-digit kills to lead the Lipscomb volleyball team over USC Upstate 3-0 Friday night in ASUN road action at the G.B. Hodge Center.
With the win Lipscomb moved to 12-10 overall and 5-4 in conference play, while the Spartans fell to 7-16, 3-6.
“Any chance you can build some momentum it’s big, especially when it comes on the road,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I thought the girls did a really knockout job of coming in and executing and focusing. Their energy from the beginning of the match to the end was fantastic.
“I am really proud of the way we responded tonight after the loss last weekend. We had a great week of practice and it was exciting to see us play at a high level.”
The Bisons hit .377 as a team, its third-highest hitting percentage of the season.
Carlyle Nusbaum led the Lipscomb attack with 15 kills, while Lauren Anderson hit .464 with 14 kills to just one error.
“Lauren Anderson was fantastic tonight,” Rosenthal said. “She was really dialed in. Defensively she picked up a couple balls we really needed. She continues to make strides.”
Maddie Phillips chipped in 11 kills and three block assists from her middle blocker position. Chloe Rogers continued her hot streak by hitting .400 with 10 kills. She has at least eight kills in each of her last six matches, including four in double figures, and is hitting .302 over that stretch.
“When we put up the offensive numbers we did tonight, it makes it really tough on the opponent,” Rosenthal said. “Our kill numbers were big in each set, we had a good sideout percentage and our passing was nice. It’s fun to watch our offense do its work.”
Sophomore setter Morgan Elmore finished with 44 assists and six digs, while senior libero Brittany Thomas collected a team high 13 digs. Rosenthal praised her leadership in the win.
“Brittany Thomas was great with her messages during timeouts,” Rosenthal said. “That’s what we’ve been asking of her. She did a phenomenal job of leading.”
Lipscomb took the first point of the match and never trailed in the opening set while hitting .439 in the 25-19 win. The team continued its hot hitting in the second frame at .371 and four players recorded at least four kills in the set, winning 25-20.
The Bisons outhit the Spartans .316 to .222 in the final stanza, but stormed back from a three-point hole at 19-16 to win the set 25-22 behind four blocks.
- The win improves Lipscomb to 21-0 all-time against Upstate. The sweep was the 16th of the series.
- Lauren Anderson paced the team with two service aces and 17.0 points.
- Ca’Layci Coffey recorded three kills and three block assists.
- Ashely Maher came off the bench to notch nine digs and a career high three kills.
- Thomas now has 1,453 career digs.
- The four blocks by Upstate were the second fewest against the Bisons this season. Northern Kentucky finished with only two on September 15.
- The Spartans gave Lipscomb just 16 points in the match. That’s tied for the second fewest of the campaign.
- Megan Kuper only checked in for one play in the win, but she made it count. The freshman delivered an ace just inside the back line on the last serve of the match. She’s fourth on the squad with 14 aces this season.
“What’s crazy about volleyball is a lot of times it takes every single play to win,” Rosenthal said. “Tonight was an example of that. We brought Kuper in for one serve and she gets an ace to win it. When looking at it as a coach, it’s awesome to see a player grow.”
The Bisons will look to complete a perfect road trip at NJIT on Sunday. First serve is set for noon.
“We will spend the night here and drive to Charlotte in the morning for our flight to Newark,” Rosenthal said. “It’s one of those things that sounds fun, but we have to stay focused and keep our eye on the prize.”