|October 13, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
RUBAL - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They may be the Lipscomb Bisons but give a great deal of the credit to the rhinoceros for the victory.
“I saw a rhinoceros can only see about 50 feet in front of them,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They can only see what is right in front of them. They live their lives with what is in front of them.
“I thought it was a great analogy for what we were trying to do against Jacksonville. We had to take care of this. Jacksonville was on our schedule today.”
Lipscomb swept Jacksonville in an ASUN match Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-10. The Dolphins, fighting a major battle with the injury bug have won only one ASUN match and two overall.
“I thought we executed the game plan extremely well,” Rosenthal said. “What I was pleased about was the focus we had on this match. We could have easily looked past it.”
The Bisons are 11-8, 6-1 in the ASUN. Jacksonville falls to 2-17, 1-6 in the conference.
“Give credit to Jacksonville for finding ways to be creative with their lineups,” Rosenthal said. “They have been battling a great deal of injuries.
“What I thought we did extremely well was not allow them to get comfortable. You couldn’t see some of the things they typically do. It is a credit to us and what our girls really worked hard on this week.”
Ca’Layci Coffey made a match-high 14 kills, with set points in both sets two and three. Coffey has finished with 10 or more kills in three of her last four matches.
“It is a lot of fun to see it,” Rosenthal said. “I told her at the beginning of the match to go and do what you want to do. Don’t let the other team change that.”
- This is the fifth time this season Coffey has finished in double figures in kills and her first time to accomplish the feat in back-to-back matches. She had 10 at FGCU.
- Lipscomb remains undefeated at home at 7-0. This was the fifth time they have won at Allen Arena with a sweep.
- This season 12 of the 19 matches for Lipscomb have been decided in straight sets. The Bisons have won eight of them.
- Carlyle Nusbaum’s seven kills marked only the second time this season she has not reached double figures. She had four against Creighton Sept. 14.
- Lipscomb leads the all-time series with Jacksonville 20-9.
- With the win the Bisons ended a two-game losing streak to Jacksonville.
- Nusbaum’s eight digs tied the match high.
The Bisons will continue action Wednesday, Oct. 17, when they face the Kennesaw Owls, the defending ASUN champions and first in the league this season. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The match can be seen on ESPN+. NJIT visits Friday at 6:30 to close out the homestand.