|August 24, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
PHILLIPS - 10
PHILLIPS - 2
NUSBAUM - 11
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team opened 2018 in impressive fashion with a quick 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-13) sweep of SMU Friday night in the LUV Invite.
“I thought we played well tonight,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Ultimately our discipline on defense was the difference. We did some really good things with our serves and blocked a number of balls at the net. When you put those things together, great opportunities present themselves and it adds a different pressure. The girls did a good job of running our game plan.”
The offense looked sharp all match long for the Bisons, led by preseason ASUN Player of the Year Carlyle Nusbaum. The senior outside hitter recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs on a .364 hitting clip.
Junior middle Maddie Phillips matched Nusbaum with a team-high 10 kills and committed just one error. She hit a team high .409, dropped in two service aces and blocked a team-high four balls.
In the opening set, the Bisons jumped out to a 4-0 lead and eventually built that advantage to 18-7 on a kill from Nusbaum. SMU tried to mount a comeback with four straight points, but Carli Anderson closed out the set with a kill.
The second set was back-and-forth until freshman Lanie Wagner took over. The outside hitter swung .800 in the set with four kills and put Lipscomb on top for good at after registering back-to-back kills to lead 9-7. The Mustangs never got closer than two points the rest of the stanza.
“Lanie got off to a little bit of a slow start, but then all of a sudden when she gets a couple blocks, things start to pick up,” Rosenthal said. “It was a nice outing from her and it is something we are expecting all season.”
Midway through the final set, Phillips drilled an ace to spark a 5-point run and give Lipscomb a 14-9 lead. Wagner came through again late in the frame with four consecutive points for the Bisons to extend the advantage. Morgan Elmore then sealed the match with a pair of aces.
“I credit our coaching staff for creating a game plan this week,” Rosenthal said. “We will have another tough test tomorrow with Iowa, but all-in-all, when you start the year like this it’s a lot of fun, especially on your home court.”
- Lipscomb outhit SMU .330 to .096. The Bisons had 44 kills and only 10 errors in 103 attacks.
- All kills were credited to six Bisons. Behind 10 from Nusbaum and Phillips, they got eight from Wagner and seven from Ca’Layci Coffey.
- Lauren Anderson paced the squad with 11 digs after getting her first-career start at libero.
- Coffey hit .385 with one dig and two blocks.
- Carli Anderson recorded five kills and three blocks.
- Senior Marcella Emmanuelli notched a team-best 20 assists while splitting duties with Elmore who had 19.
- The Bisons recorded eight blocks to SMU’s three.
The Bisons will be back on the court Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when they take on Iowa out of the Big Ten. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.
At noon Saturday, Iowa will first match up with SMU in the only other contest of the LUV Invite.
“I wanted to say thank to all the alumni, fans, family and friends that showed up tonight,” Rosenthal said. “If you combine this with a great night of soccer, this kicks off the Lipscomb athletics season the right way. You always want to win, but to be able to do it in a somewhat convincing fashion, that’s something special.”