|October 13, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
RUBAL - 1
NASHVILLE – In a week where Lipscomb volleyball has just one match on the docket, the Bisons return to Nashville to open a three-game home stand when the Jacksonville Dolphins visit Allen Arena on Saturday.
The Bisons and Dolphins will serve it up at 2 p.m. in a big ASUN Conference match.
Lipscomb is coming off a week where it split matches at Liberty and FGCU. The Bisons came from behind to down the Flames, 3-2, in the first meeting between the programs before dropping a 3-1 decision against the Eagles on Sunday. The loss was the first of the ASUN season for the Purple and Gold.
- The Bisons lead the all-time series with Jacksonville, 19-9.
- After winning five in a row against the Dolphins, Lipscomb dropped a pair of 4-set matches last season.
- This will be the first meeting between the two in 2018.
- After finishing second in the ASUN standings a season ago at 12-2, the Dolphins lost a number of key personel coming into 2018, including head coach Julie Darty who accepted the same position at Mississippi State.
- JU has struggled to fill the void, starting just 2-16 overall and 1-5 in the ASUN in Evan Muys first year at the helm. The only wins have come against North Alabama and Alabama A&M.
- The Dolphins lone conference victory came on the first Friday of October with a sweep of UNA. They looked to win the very next day against NJIT, however the Highlanders stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to upend JU.
- They are 1-4 at historic Swisher Gymnasium.
- JU leads the ASUN in both service aces (116), aces per set (1.68) and service errors (192).
- They are seventh in the league in kills (758), kps (10.99), hitting percentage (.152), total blocks (102) and points per set (14.1).
- The Dolphins are led by former first team All-ASUN selection Mallory Mattingly. The junior is third in the league in kills per set (3.67) and total kills (253), while tied at the top of the ASUN in aces per set (0.38).
- In league contests, she ranks second with 4.33 kps and 91 total kills.
- Lauren Peterson’s 8.05 assists per set are the fifth-most in the conference.
- Sarah Dyslin is second on the team with 175 kills, while Hannah Marchand is third at 130.
- Lipscomb puts its perfect home record (6-0) on the line. Four of the six matches have been sweeps.
- Carlyle Nusbaum is tops in the league with 271 kills and 4.30 kills per set. FGCU’s Courtney Vanliew is second in kps at 3.97.
- Nusbaum is averaging 4.65 kills per set and 5.2 points per set against league foes.
- Nusbaum is putting away 17.8 kills per match over her last six.
- Morgan Elmore comes in second in the ASUN with 9.78 assists per set and third with 616 total helpers.
- In ASUN action, those totals are upped to 11.65/set (2nd) and 268 assists (1st).
- The Bisons rank first in the ASUN in kills/set and assists/set with a marks of 13.71 and 12.92 respectively
- In league play, those numbers jump to 14.96 kills and 14.04 assists.
- Of the 18 matches this season, 11 of them have been decided in straight sets, winning seven.
- Middles Ca’Layci Coffey and Maddie Phillips lead the Bisons in blocks. Coffey has registered 49 stuffs, while Phillips has 27. The duo also has 121 and 86 kills, respectively.
- Lauren Anderson paces the squad with 204 digs (2.34/set). She has reached double digits in 11 matches, including 19 and 18 last weekend at Liberty and FGCU.
- Megan Kuper has provided Lipscomb a potent 1-2 punch with Nusbaum this season. She is second on the team with 168 kills and 2.67 per set. Kuper totaled a career high effort of 21 at Liberty last weekend.
- Kuper has recorded a double-double in back-to-back matches, giving her four on the season.
The Bisons welcome the defending ASUN champions and current league leader Kennesaw State on Wednesday, Oct. 17 for a 6:30 p.m. match on ESPN+. They will then host NJIT on Friday at the same time.