|September 01, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
San Diego State
MAHER - 1
COFFEY - 4
PHILLIPS - 4
TUCSON, Ariz. – Lipscomb volleyball turned in an impressive performance Saturday in the Cactus Classic with a 3-0 sweep of San Diego State to wrap up play in Tucson, Arizona.
The Bisons improve to 3-2 on the season after recording their second sweep of the year over the Aztecs (25-22, 26-24, 27-25).
“In any sport when you hit any kind of a lull, finding a way to win is such a huge piece to a season,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We were challenged this weekend and it’s one of those situations where I am proud of this team for not only finding a way to win, but in the way we did it.
“We were down in sets two and three and we battled through it. I am proud of the girls being able to reengage after the losses yesterday.”
Senior outside Carlyle Nusbaum led the way with 17 kills and eight digs. After starting the first four matches of the season at libero, senior Lauren Anderson moved back outside and earned her first double-double of the campaign with 11 kills and 11 digs.
“Lauren Anderson’s versatility adds a lot of options for us,” Rosenthal said. “As we go through these next few weeks to try and find what works best, there will be some trial and error. LA’s ability to hit on the outside is not a question and we know that. There are a lot of moving parts and we want to continue to see what works best.”
The Bisons got off to a good start in the opening set by hitting .318 with 19 kills on 44 swings. Tied at 19 the Purple and Gold got four kills from Nusbaum to help close out the set on a 6-3 run for the win.
The second frame had Lipscomb trailing 11-2 before Rosenthal called timeout to settle his squad and try and halt San Diego State’s momentum. The break worked as the Bisons began chipping away with small runs that put them down just 16-11 on back-to-back kills from Megan Kuper and Maddie Phillips. Lipscomb ran away from the Aztecs the rest of the way with a 12-4 run to go up two sets to none.
Momentum carried over for the Bisons into the third stanza. Following a three-point run that gave them a 13-9 lead, the Aztecs called timeout. SDSU took advantage of five Lipscomb errors to catapult a 9-1 run and put the Bisons behind 18-14.
But just like it did in the third set, Lipscomb continued to battle. Down four out of a timeout, Kuper strung together two kills and an ace to pull the Bisons even at 24-24. Following a kill from SDSU, Lipscomb punched the next three points on Lauren Anderson kill and blocks from Phillips and Morgan Elmore to clinch the victory.
Kuper continues to play well for Rosenthal in her sophomore campaign. The Olathe, Kansas native led Lipscomb in hitting at .400 with eight kills on 15 swings and also added eight digs. She closed the Cactus Classic with 19 total kills, 13 digs, four blocks and an ace.
Kuper and Lauren Anderson were both named to the All-Tournament team.
- Lipscomb outhit SDSU .242 to .156 with 50 kills.
- The Bisons also held a 10-8 advantage in blocks. It’s the second match in a row they have recorded double-digit stuffs.
- Phillips totaled seven kills, three digs and four blocks from her middle position. Ca’Layci Coffey and Elmore each added four blocks.
- Elmore assisted a season high 32 times, while sophomore Ashley Maher collected 16 digs in her first start at libero this season.
- Kuper and Maher each registered an ace in the win.
Lipscomb hits the road for West Lafayette, Indiana where it will compete in the Stacy Clark Classic. The Bisons will play Louisville and host Purdue on Friday, Sept. 7 before closing out with Xavier on Saturday.