September 18, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
North Alabama1120130
Lipscomb2525253
UNATeam StatsLIP
.161Hitting Pct..398
26Kills54
11Errors9
93Total Attacks113
26Assists51
0Aces6
44Digs52
4.0Blocks2.0
UNALeadersLIP
STALLWORTH - 6
KillsNUSBAUM - 20
ELLIS - 11
DAVILAMcCLARY - 11
AssistsELMORE - 44
AcesKUPER - 4
BENITEZ - 12
DigsANDERSON - 14
NUSBAUM - 14
STALLWORTH - 2
RUBLE - 2
BlocksCOFFEY - 2
Rosenthal thinks Bisons are ready for ASUN challenge
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
By Mark McGee
Rosenthal thinks Bisons are ready for ASUN challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A home win is a good thing.  A home conference win is even better. And when the match win is a sweep what is there not to love.

Tuesday night at Allen Arena the Lipscomb Bisons swept North Alabama in the first ASUN Conference match of the season for both teams. Lipscomb won 25-11, 25-20 and 25-13.

“I love where we are,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We have worked really hard to put ourselves into this position.

“We felt good coming into this week. We did what we were supposed to do. We are more than prepared for what is ahead.”

Lipscomb is 6-7 overall, 1-0 in the ASUN. North Alabama drops to 2-8, 0-1 in the conference.

“As we talked about the transition from preconference to conference matches we were saying, `hey, this is what has been assigned to us’,” Rosenthal said. “We have to show up where we are supposed to show up and play whoever.

“I think we did some exceptional work in the preconference schedule. We really challenged them. Now it is taking those experiences and applying them.”

After dominating the first set the Bisons experienced a little bit of a letdown in set two.

“I felt like we let off the gas a little bit in the second set,” Rosenthal said. “We also had a chance to get some people into the match.

“You want to give players opportunities like that. You want to let them play. I felt good about that.”

Outside hitters Carlyle Nusbaum, Lauren Anderson and Megan Kuper were dominant players for the Bisons as UNA primarily stayed with a defensive attack focused on the middle.

“The way North Alabama plays they really clog up the middle,” Rosenthal said. “I thought we would see a little bit of an adjustment, but they stuck to it. We had to manage the situation and take what they were giving us.”

Nusbaum led the match with 20 kills. She tied with Anderson for the overall lead in digs with 14. Kuper added 14 kills. Nusbaum led with a .500 kill percentage followed by Kuper (.480) and Anderson (.368).

“We saw some really good numbers from our outsides, not just total numbers but kill percentages,” Rosenthal said. “When they are allowing us to swing on the outsides and right side we have to take it and run with it.

“In the end it was a good match. I felt like our girls knew what they wanted to do and we did a nice job of executing the game plan.”


QUICK POINTS:

  • Nusbaum’s 20 kills are her second most of the season.
  • Kuper tied her season-high for kills in a three-set match.
  • Setter Morgan Elmore tied her season-high for a three-set match with 44 assists.
  • Kuper also made a match-high four service aces, also a season high.
  • Samantha Rubal made three kills, equaling her total for the season entering the match.
  • The Bisons set new season highs for a three-set match with 54 kills and 52 digs.
  • The Bisons are 4-0 at Allen Arena this season.
  • Thirteen Bisons played in the match.


UP NEXT:

The Bisons play their first ASUN road match of the season Sept. 22 at NJIT. They return home to face North Florida on Sept. 28 and Stetson Sept. 29.