November 03, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Jacksonville253121253
Lipscomb192925231
JUTeam StatsLIP
.280Hitting Pct..247
58Kills66
18Errors26
143Total Attacks162
57Assists59
2Aces3
64Digs62
12.0Blocks7.0
JULeadersLIP
WEHNER - 15
KillsNUSBAUM - 28
STAMATIS - 55
AssistsELMORE - 55
STAMATIS - 1
SWAN - 1
AcesANDERSON - 3
SWAN - 20
DigsTHOMAS - 20
NUSHTAYEVA - 8
BlocksRUBAL - 4
Volleyball falls on Senior Night
Friday, November 3, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball falls on Senior Night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team had its Senior Day spoiled, 3-1, at the hands of ASUN co-leader Jacksonville Friday night, as the Dolphins came in and beat the Bisons (25-19, 31-29, 21-25, 25-23) at Allen Arena for the first time since 2004 to stay on top of the league standings. 

“I thought tonight was one of those really tough matches, and it’s easy to look at the stats and get lost in what happened,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It’s just a play here and there, but give credit to Jacksonville because they made those plays. We did some really impressive things, and ultimately I liked out fight for pretty much the entire match, but the difference tonight was we made some errors at inopportune times.

“It’s hard because we are necessarily getting the results we want, but we are doing some positive things as we move forward. We have to keep our head down and keep working to clean it up.”

The Dolphins improve to 16-8 overall and 10-1 in conference action and stay tied at the top with Kennesaw State, who swept North Florida on Friday. With the loss, Lipscomb falls to 13-11 overall and 6-5 in the ASUN.

Before the match first served, the Bisons recognized the careers of defensive specialist Jenny Phelan, outside hitter Chloe Rogers and libero Brittany Thomas in an on-court ceremony.

One play began, Lipscomb was led offensively by Carlyle Nusbaum. The junior outside hitter torched the Dolphins for 28 kills, 13 digs and a .333 hitting percentage. The double-double effort is her 12th of the year.

Setter Morgan Elmore did a great job setting the attack from the opening frame. The sophomore registered a career high 55 assists, including a match high 16 in the second set.

“I thought we really settled in after set one and Morgan Elmore did a nice job of establishing the offense,” Rosenthal said. “We also got phenomenal play from Carlyle with impressive numbers, even for her.”

Also in double figures in kills were Lauren Anderson and Maddie Phillips. Anderson hit 14 with three aces and nine digs. Her 17.5 points were second in the squad. Phillips chipped in 13 kills to only four errors and swung .375.

After dropping the first set, Lipscomb had its chances in the second to level the match with five missed set points.

“We have another opportunity tomorrow,” Rosenthal said. “We are preparing ourselves for the ASUN tournament, so we want to be peaking at the right time. We need to be able to win some close sets and that could be the difference in winning these tight matches.”

After the intermission, the Bisons stormed out of the gate to hit .368 with 19 kills to extend the match. In the fourth set the match was a back-and-forth affair with both teams building leads before the Dolphins eventually outlasted the home team.

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Brittany Thomas reached 20+ digs for the fifth time this season and the 23rdtime in her career. Thomas is 19 digs shy of reaching 1,500 for her career.
  • Anderson eclipsed the double-digit mark in kills for the fifth consecutive match, and seventh time in the last eight. Her 14 kills tied the second most of the year.
  • Nusbaum’s 30.5 points is her second highest total of the season after notching 34 versus Oakland in September. She went over the 400-kill mark of the campaign, and now has 1,200 career kills. 
  • Freshman Samantha Rubal recorded a career high six kills and led the Bisons with four block assists. Fellow first-year player Megan Kuper was credited with two.

 

UP NEXT:
The Bisons welcome North Florida Saturday at 5 p.m. in the regular season home finale for Lipscomb. They will have two more road matches next weekend at FGCU and Stetson before returning to the Music City for the ASUN Championship, Nov. 16-18.

“We have another opportunity tomorrow,” Rosenthal said. “We are preparing ourselves for the ASUN tournament, so we want to be peaking at the right time. We need to be able to win some close sets and that could be the difference in winning these tight matches.”