Nusbaum Lands AVCA All-Region Honor
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Nusbaum Lands AVCA All-Region Honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After putting together another dominant season on the hardwood, Carlyle Nusbaum was rewarded with a spot on the AVCA All-South Region Team for the second consecutive season.

With her selection, it marks the fifth straight season Lipscomb volleyball has placed at least one player on the first team or honorable mention. She is the 12th Bison to be selected since 2009 and the first to earn multiple honors since Lauren Ford in 2013 and 2014.

Nusbaum now qualifies for consideration for the AVCA All-American Team which will be announced at a later date.

The junior completed one of the best campaigns in ASUN Conference history and for her efforts she was voted ASUN Co-Player of the Year and a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection.

Nusbaum was the first player to go back-to-back Player of the Year honors since former Lipscomb standout Alex Kelly in 2008-09.

Statically, Nusbaum was one of the best the conference had ever seen. She paced the ASUN in kills for the second straight year with 479, which happens to rank 11th in the country. Her 5.15 kills per set was the third highest single-season mark in ASUN history and the most since 2005. She also led the league in points (509.5) and points per set (5.5) – the fourth highest total in the country.

Never was there any doubt who the Bisons would run their offense through, but the opposition still could not stop it. Nusbaum slammed 20+ kills nine different times in 2017, including a career high 33 in a come-from-behind victory over Oakland. She owns seven of the top 10 kill performances this season in the ASUN.

Defensively, Nusbaum was just as sound. The Overland Park, Kansas native finished second on the squad with 259 digs and a 2.79 per set average. She added 14 double-doubles, matching her career total from her first two seasons in Nashville.

Nusbaum also became the ASUN’s all-time leader with nine career Player of the Week awards after bringing home three this season.

Nusbaum is joined on the 14-player team by honorees from Western Kentucky, Kennesaw State, LSU, Central Arkansas, Auburn, UNC-Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Arkansas and Ole Miss.