|August 31, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
WAGNER - 1
Cross - 1
Ua - 1
Pua'a - 1
|August 31, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|September 01, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
San Diego State
MAHER - 1
COFFEY - 4
PHILLIPS - 4
TUCSON, Ariz. – On the heels of a perfect showing in the LUV Invite, the Lipscomb volleyball team will look to keep its momentum rolling this weekend with a trip to the campus of the University of Arizona for the Cactus Classic.
The Bisons (2-0) will play three matches in two days at the McKale Center. They kick off the classic on Friday at Noon CT against host Arizona, before coming back to play Pacific at 6:30. The finale against San Diego State will see a Noon first serve on Saturday. All three contests are scheduled to be streamed via the Pac 12 network.
CACTUS CLASSIC SCHEDULE
The Bisons couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season than what they got last weekend. On Friday they got 10 kills from Carlyle Nusbaum and Maddie Phillips, and swung .330 as a team, to sweep first-time opponent SMU, 3-0.
On Saturday in the finale of the invite against Iowa, the Purple and Gold came out firing to win the first set, 25-13. The Hawkeyes then won the next two and took a 2-1 advantage, forcing a must-win situation for Lipscomb.
The Bisons never trailed in set four and won 25-18 before taking the fifth frame 15-10. Nusbaum his .356 with 21 kills and 13 digs for her second double-double in as many games.
For its efforts on the court, Lipscomb debuted 11th in VolleyMag’s Mid-Major Poll released earlier this week. The Bisons climbed as high as seventh last season, the highest ranking in program history in the poll.
The Wildcats opened the season 3-0 last weekend at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, California. They swept CSUN (3-0), before defeating Utah State (3-2) and Sacramento State (3-1) to earn the tournament title.
Kendra Dahlke (5.58 kills/set, .370 hit%, 2.92 digs/set) was named Hornet Invitational Most Valuable Player, her third career tournament MVP honor. Julia Patterson (11.42 assists/set, 2.08 digs/set, 0.42 aces/set) and Devyn Cross (1.92 kills/set, .275 hit%, 1.08 blocks/set) were named to the all-tournament team.
Pacific went 1-2 at the season-opening Sun Devil Classic in Tempe. It defeated UT Arlington in a five-set comeback before losing four-set matches to New Mexico State and Arizona State.
Two Tigers, Kaitlyn Lines and Riley Patterson, averaged 4.00 kills/set in week one. The freshman Patterson hit .263 with 52 kills. She had 20 digs and 16 kills against the Sun Devils.
Pacific is 1-0 all-time against the Bisons.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State went 1-2 at its Aztec Invitational to open the season with a five-set victory over Seattle and losses to CSU Bakersfield (3-2) and Portland (3-1).
Deja Harris led the team in kills (3.64/set), hitting percentage (.400) and blocks (1.57) in 14 sets.
San Diego State and Lipscomb have met just once on the hardwood, when the Aztecs took a 3-0 win in 2006.
- Lipscomb is 1-2 all-time against Arizona. The Bisons defeated #24 Arizona in four sets (25-13, 31-29, 20-25, 25-22) in the LUV Invite last season in Nashville.
- Nusbaum landed her 10th-career ASUN Player of the Week honor after combining for 31 kills, 24 digs, a .358 hitting percentage and three blocks. The honor extends her own ASUN record, which is two more than any other player in league history.
- Nusbaum was named the LUV Invite MVP for a second time in her career.
- Sophomore Megan Kuper hit .316 with 17 kills and only five errors last weekend. She earned LUV All-Tournament honors.
- Junior middle blocker Maddie Phillips finished just behind Kuper with 16 kills to go along with seven blocks.
- Fellow middle, Ca’Layci Coffey posted a team-high eight blocks against SMU and Iowa. She also added 15 kills.
- Senior Lauren Anderson has made the move to libero in 2018. After playing the first six sets of the year at her new position and digging out a team-high 29 balls, Anderson was moved back to outside hitter against Iowa in sets four and five and registered five kills in that span.
- Senior Carli Anderson chipped in 11 kills.
- Junior Morgan Elmore got the start at setter in both matches and contributed with 50 assists, while senior Marcelle Emmanuelli added 39.
Lipscomb continues its road swing with a trip to West Lafayette, Indiana for the Stacy Clark Classic hosted by Purdue Sept. 7-8. The Bisons play Louisville, Purdue and Xavier over two days.