|August 18, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 17||Kills||Tessa Grubbs
- 23||Assists||Sedona Hansen
- 2||Aces||Lily Felts
Tessa Grubbs - 1
Madison Coulter - 1
- 22||Digs||Madison Coulter
- 3||Blocks||Addisyn Rowe
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team fell 3-2 on the road in an exhibition match at Tennessee Saturday afternoon inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
After dropping the opening set 25-16, the Bisons rebounded with victories in sets two (25-20) and three (25-23) to take the advantage. However, the Volunteers won the final two frames 25-19 and 15-9 to take home the tuneup match.
“It was a great experience today with us playing in the environment at Tennessee,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We got five sets in a pressure-packed situation all the way to the end. They (UT) gave us a good look at a lot of things we needed to see.
“When you are in the preseason mode it’s hard to really get a good feel for the things you need to work on moving forward because it’s against your own team. So we are very appreciative towards Tennessee for hosting us. It was an awesome opportunity and a lot of fun.”
Lipscomb senior and preseason ASUN Player of the Year Carlyle Nusbaum led all players with 17 kills to go along with 10 digs. Four other Bisons finished just shy of double figures in kills.
Seniors Ca’Layci Coffey and Carli Anderson registered nine apiece, while sophomore Megan Kuper totaled eight. Anderson swung a team-high .381 with just a lone error in 21 attacks.
Sophomore Morgan Elmore racked up 23 assists and senior Marcella Emmanuelli added a double-double with 19 assists and 13 digs.
“We intended on playing five sets going into the match, so to have it play out the way it did was awesome,” Rosenthal said. “It gave us an opportunity to see a lot of different elements.
“I love the fight we had, but early on our serving was a little too easy. But as the match progressed we were able to put some pressure on Tennessee at the line.”
Lipscomb recorded four service aces to Tennessee’s three.
The match served as a chance to get the team live action against someone other than themselves. Fourteen different players saw the floor Saturday, including all three freshman. Lanie Wagner played all five sets, while Logan Gish and Alexis Triplett played one.
“All three freshmen got in today,” Rosenthal said. “It is always fun to see them put the jersey on and take the floor for the first time, a little bit of a ‘Friday Night Lights’ moment. It’s something they have dreamed about for so long, so to be able to live that out is exciting, it doesn’t matter who you are.”
Another layer in playing Saturday’s exhibition was the opportunity to have Rosenthal and his coaching staff see live action as well. This is a staff with new additions of assistants Stephanie Ross (Virginia) and Nate Thompson (Ball State) after a pair departures in the offseason.
“I am really excited about the staff and how we are coming together to work towards our ultimate goal,” Rosenthal said. “It’s tough because we all are new to one another, and haven’t been afforded the time most other staffs have. Hats off to our staff though, they did a tremendous job.”
Lipscomb will open the season on Friday, August 24 when it hosts SMU in the opening day of the Lipscomb Invitational at 6 p.m. in Allen Arena. The Bisons will then host Iowa on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“Our goal is to win an ASUN Championship and compete in the NCAA Tournament,” Rosenthal said. “We took a big step towards those goals today and we look forward to getting the journey started on Friday.”
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