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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 regular season didn’t go exactly how the Lipscomb volleyball team anticipated, but starting Thursday the slate is wiped clean for the ASUN Championship. The Bisons must now win, win, win if they want to keep their season alive.
Lipscomb enters the first round of the tournament as the No. 4 seed. It’s first time since 2007 the Bisons did not earn a slot in the top three. They will take on No. 5 North Florida at 5 p.m. at Allen Arena in the first game of the championship.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Neil Solondz and Megan Devine on the call. Live stats will also be available.
- Lipscomb leads the all-time series with UNF 18-3 after winning each of the last 10 meetings.
- Thursday’s match will be the third time this season the Ospreys and Bisons have met. Lipscomb won both meetings in straight sets.
- Each of the last six contests between the schools have been sweeps in Lipscomb’s favor.
- The Bisons are 9-0 all-time at home, including a 27-4 advantage in sets.
SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA:
The Ospreys bring a 13-18 overall record and a 5-9 mark in league play to the Music City. They have won five of their last eight matches, including back-to-back sweeps of USC Upstate and NJIT.
UNF has not won a tournament game in five years to the date of the opening-round match.
Following her ASUN Freshman of the Week honor, Devyn Wheeler enters the weekend with a team best 283 kills, which is sixth in the ASUN. 168 of those have come in league play.
Alana Shoff’s 123 rejections pace the conference and is also good enough to land her in the top-10 in program history. Ashley LaBorde leads the ASUN with 514 digs, while Katarina Raicevic tops UNF with 32 aces.
- The Bisons are making their 13th straight appearance in the ASUN Championship.
- Lipscomb is led by junior outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum’s 479 kills which is 11th in the nation. Her 5.15 kills and 5.48 kills per set both rank 4th in the nation and are the highest marks in a single season in the ASUN since 2005.
- As a team the Bisons are 12th nationally in assists per set (13.63) and 18th in kills per set (14.35).
- Junior Lauren Anderson is second on the team in kills with 226, just three ahead of Maddie Phillips’ 223.
- Phillips (76) and Ca’Layci Coffey (71) are the top blockers on the squad. The 15 solo stuff from Phillips are the fifth most in the league.
- Brittany Thomas earned her first ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday and the third of her career. The senior libero combined for 42 digs and averaged 6.00 per set.
- Setter Morgan Elmore is sixth in the conference with 750 assists and an average of 8.06 per set. Her per set average in ASUN play only is fourth best at 9.76.
- Marcella Emmanuelli set the season high for the Bisons with 59 assists in the regular season finale at Stetson. It was also her career high.
- Carli Anderson stands second in the conference with 0.34 aces/set, while freshman Megan Kuper is eighth (0.27).
- The last time Lipscomb did not win a match in the ASUN Championship was 2012.
With a victory against UNF, the Bisons would advance to Friday’s semifinals where the prize is top-seed Kennesaw State. Game time would be 5 p.m. A loss would end the season.