|September 07, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
PHILLIPS - 2
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Four players finished with double-figures in kills, but it was not enough as the Lipscomb volleyball team fell 3-1 to Louisville Friday afternoon at the Stacey Clark Classic in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Bisons dropped the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-14, before coming back from the break for an exciting 30-28 win in set three. Louisville closed out the match in set four after coming from behind for a 25-23 victory.
“The result is obviously a tough one for us, but that’s exactly what we were looking for from the girls that we didn’t get last weekend,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It was a great response by the girls to battle. We took losses in the first and fourth sets, but I felt we were right there the whole time, but we couldn’t catch a break.
“I could see the confidence grow as the match went on and we were able to play at a high level.”
Lipscomb presented a balanced offensive attack with outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum posting a team-high 14 kills. Outside hitter Lauren Anderson and middle blocker Maddie Phillips added 12, while Ca’Layci Coffey finished a career-high 10.
Anderson paced the squad with a .370 hitting percentage, followed by Phillips at .300.
“When you look at the distribution today, it was great,” Rosenthal said. “Had we done a little better job with our hitting errors, we would have been in a better situation at the end, but that’s part of playing a good team.
“All in all, I am proud of the way our girls rose to the occasion.”
After falling behind 2-0 it would have been easy for the Bisons to roll over in set three, but that’s not what Lipscomb volleyball is about. The Bisons battled the Cardinals point for point before Louisville scored three straight points to go up 15-12 and force Rosenthal to call timeout.
The Purple and Gold responded with a 3-0 run of their own out of the break to level the frame. After trading points the rest of the way, Lipscomb fought off four match-point opportunities from Louisville with a pair of kills from Coffey, and another from Phillips and Anderson.
Tied 28-28 following the kill from Phillips, the Bisons took advantage of an attack error and then sealed the set with an ace from Megan Kuper to keep the match alive.
Lipscomb used the momentum early in the fourth stanza to build a 12-6 lead. The Cardinals responded with 10 kills the rest of the way to outscore the Bisons 11-5 and seal the victory.
“There were a few possessions in the fourth set that I thought we really missed great opportunities to score,” Rosenthal said.
- Ashley Maher got the start at libero and came away with a career high 19 digs.
- Morgan Elmore played all four frames as the setter and finished with 52 assists, just three shy of matching her career high total.
- Kuper nearly missed a double-double with nine kills and a career high 14 digs. She also added two aces and a pair of blocks.
- Nusbaum contributed with nine digs to go along with her 14 kills.
- Anderson notched her second straight double-double with 12 kills and 18 digs.
Lipscomb is back in action at 6:30 Friday when they face host No. 19 Purdue. They will wrap play on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Xavier.