|November 10, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
PHILLIPS - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Things did not go as planned for the Lipscomb volleyball team on the road Friday night as home-standing Florida Gulf Coast won in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-22), to earn its first season sweep over the Bisons since 2012.
“I thought we competed in stretches tonight, but unfortunately there were also some times where we were unable to make a play here or there that cost us sets,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said.
“It wasn’t a bad match, but it certainly wasn’t a good one. I would have liked to see us carry over that momentum from last weekend.”
The Eagles improved to 20-8 overall and 10-3 in league play, while the loss dropped Lipscomb to 14-12, 7-6. With the result, the Bisons clinched the No. 4 seed in next week’s ASUN Championship in Nashville.
Reigning ASUN Player of the Week Carlyle Nusbaum led all scorers with a match high 17 kills. She also added seven digs and two blocks.
The Bisons jumped out to a quick three-point lead in the first set and even led at 16-15, but from there, the Eagles took advantage of a .119 hitting clip by Lipscomb and closed on a 10-3 run to win the game.
“Defensively we did some nice things that caused FGCU some pressure,” Rosenthal said. “One of the areas we struggled tonight was our serve-receive and that put a lot of pressure on our attackers.”
After going down three midway through the second set, it was the Bisons time to make a run. The visitors from Music City put together a 10-2 run and seemed to be in control, leading 18-15. However, FGCU scored the next 10 of the last 14 points to go into the break up 2-0.
The only lead for Lipscomb in the third stanza was at 1-0. FGCU outhit the Bisons .294 to .171 in the set and committed just four errors on the way to victory.
- Lipscomb hit .121 in the loss, its fifth lowest percentage of the season.
- Senior Brittany Thomas notched a team high 16 digs.
- Maddie Phillips finished second on the team with eight kills, while Lauren Anderson chipped in seven.
- Anderson only finished behind Thomas in digs with 11.
- Morgan Elmore was credited with 36 assists.
- Phillips and Nusbaum led the way with two blocks each.
- FGCU collected 13 blocks, compared to just five for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb had not been swept in the season series by any team in ASUN play since 2012. The sweep by FGCU is the third of the year for the Bisons (Jacksonville and Kennesaw State).
The Bisons close out the regular season Saturday in DeLand against the Hatters of Stetson. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
“I thought we settled in by the third set, but at that point we made too many attacking errors. All in all, we learned a little more about ourselves. We will be able to make those changes tomorrow.”