|November 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
NUSBAUM - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
BEZHAN - 1
EARNHART - 1
IVANOVA - 1
JIN - 1
CONNORS - 4
JIN - 4
DELAND, Fla. – Led by Carlyle Nusbaum, the Lipscomb volleyball team closed out its regular season slate Saturday with a 3-1 road victory over Stetson in ASUN Conference action.
“It was a great win today to finish out the conference season," Lipscomb Volleyball head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "Obviously, I was a little disappointed with the way we finished the first set, but i love the way our girls responded to the challenge and ultimately got the W.
Nusbaum torched the Hatters for 31 kills, her second highest total of the season and just two off her career high. The junior swung .426 and also added 10 digs for her 14th double-double of the year.
"Carlyle put up some pretty impressive numbers, but again, that’s not anything new," Rosenthal said. "We just have to keep reminding her that she has the capability of doing that and changing matches. We saw that today."
The Bisons dropped the opening frame 25-22, but rode the arm of Nusbaum to 25-14, 25-23 and 25-12 victories in the next three.
“We gave up too many points in the first set, and that’s something that we addressed at the beginning of set two, but I think after that we really held them to a low hitting percentage, which is a byproduct of our serve and our defense," Rosenthal said. "I think that says a lot about our program."
Lipscomb improved to 15-12 and 8-6. The Bisons will be the No. 4 seed in next week’s ASUN Championship in Nashville. The Hatters fell to 3-23 and 2-12.
“We’ve been working all week on defensive pressure, and we saw some fantastic stuff," Rosenthal said.
"I thought Brittany was really, really good and made some huge plays. We were able to keep the pressure on them the whole way. It was fun to see. At times, it was too much for them to handle. It’s really neat when we’re able to make that happen."
Sophomore Maddie Phillips also finished in double figures with 10 kills while hitting .412 on 17 attacks.
“It’s fun to see the variety of players that not only got to get in the match, but also made a difference in the match," Rosenthal said.
"I thought Ashley Maher did a great job in the back row. We saw some great energy and great work by Jenny Phelan who has been a tireless worker for us and somebody that really doesn’t get enough credit for what she does. There was tremendous play by Megan Kuper, and I thought our middles did a good job."
Junior Marcella Emmanuelli got the nod at setter and supplied the Bisons with a career best 59 assists. In fact, that’s a season high for any Lipscomb player.
"We had this opportunity to give Marcella Emmanuelli the chance to run the offense tonight, and she did a wonderful job," Rosenthal said. "I’m really pleased with her.
"The future’s bright, but obviously we have to turn our attention to Monday and what should be a lot of fun this week. We’ve worked hard to try to get to this spot. They’re starting to dial it in, and we’re excited.
- Lipscomb outhit Stetson .341 to .128.
- Ca’Layci Coffey led the team with four blocks. Nusbaum and Phillips each stuffed three.
- Senior libero Brittany Thomas set a season high with 26 digs.
- The start was the first for Emmanuelli since October 7.
- Chloe Rogers his .333 with five kills, while Lauren Anderson hit .429 with four.
- Ashley Maher dug out nine balls.
The Bisons will play in the first game of the conference championship Thursday in Allen Arena. As the fourth-seed, they will play No. 5 North Florida at 5 p.m. The winner will get ASUN champion Kennesaw State on Friday.
"We’re not quite sure who we’re going to play first, but to be honest with you it doesn’t matter," Rosenthal said. "We know we have to play Thursday at five, and we’re going to be ready for whomever it is. We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, but ultimately we have to switch gears and put our focus on the task at hand and that’s winning the next three matches.
"This team is really experienced, and it’s something that I have no doubt that we can. It’s just a matter of going out there ad executing that on our home court."