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GROOVER - 19
ANDERSON - 15
NUSBAUM - 15
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team hits the midway point of the ASUN Conference season Wednesday when league leader Kennesaw State visits Music City for the biggest match of the year to date for the Bisons.
First serve inside Allen Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.
The contest will feature not only two of the top three teams in the league standings, but a matchup of the last four winners of the ASUN regular season titles. The Bisons won three in a row from 2014-16 before KSU took home its first-ever title in 2017.
Fans are encouraged to wear purple in support of the first “Purple Out” night of the year.
It was a light week for the Bisons as they have played just once in the last 10 days, sweeping Jacksonville (3-0) on Saturday in Nashville.
Lipscomb manhandled the Dolphins from the opening point and never trailed. In fact, the Bisons led for all but two points in the match and outhit JU .444 to .041.
Senior middle Ca’Layci Coffey led the team with a career-high 14 kills on only 19 swings. She committed no errors and hit a career best .737.
The Bisons were efficient, winning the sets 25-13, 25-12, 25-10.
- Lipscomb is 19-5 all-time against Kennesaw State, including a 9-4 mark inside Allen Arena.
- The Owls have had the Bisons number of late, winning three straight and four of the last five.
- Lipscomb’s last win against KSU came Oct. 21, 2016 in a sweep on the road behind Carlyle Nusbaum’s double-double of 19 kills and 15 digs.
- The Bisons are 34-15 in sets played in Allen Arena.
- In the last meeting between the two, KSU ended Lipscomb’s season on its home floor with a 3-1 match in the ASUN semifinals last season.
- Nusbaum posted 26 kills and 11 digs in the loss, but it was KSU who set a program record at the time with 22.5 blocks.
SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE
- The Owls enter the match 16-4 overall and have not lost in over a month, riding a 10-match win streak. They are at the top of the league standings as the only undefeated team with a 7-0 ASUN record.
- All four of KSU’s losses came in a row, including a pair to No. 13 Pittsburgh (3-2) and No. 12 Washington (3-1). Its last defeat was Sept. 11 at home against Auburn.
- In the win streak, the Owls are 30-7 in sets with five sweeps.
- KSU ranks second in the ASUN in hitting percentage (.249), total kills (1,054), kills per set (13.51), assists (990), assists per set (12.69), blocks per set (2.42), total points (1366.0) and points per set (17.5).
- Against conference foes, they are tops in kills/set (15.00), hitting percentage (.291), assists/set (13.96), solo blocks (21) and points/set (18.8).
- Opposing teams have had a hard time finding success on the offensive end against the Owls defense. They rank 15th in the nation allowing teams to hit just .156 against.
- KSU also ranks among the nation’s leaders in service aces (20th - 123) and total blocks (33rd - 189.0).
- Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Chastang leads KSU and stands second in the ASUN in kills (279) and third in kills/set (3.58).
- Outside hitter Anaiah Boyer is fifth in the conference in kills/set at 3.33. She has recorded double-digit kills in 10 of 12 matches.
- Junior Lexi Broadwater had big shoes to fill with the departure of one of the league’s all-time setters in Kristi Piedmionte, but she has performed admirably. She paces the ASUN with 852 assists, 10.92 assists/set and 50 service aces. Those totals rank 17th, 32nd and 50th across Division I, respectively.
- Sophomore Quin Sutphin has provided the Owls a 1-2 punch in the middle alongside two-time All-ASUN Liesl Engelbrecht.
- Sutphin ranks fifth in the league with 78 blocks (1.20/set) while Engelbrecht stands sixth at 77 (1.04/set).
- Lipscomb puts its perfect home record (7-0) on the line. Five of the seven matches have been sweeps.
- Of the 19 matches this season, 12 of them have been decided in straight sets, winning eight.
- Carlyle Nusbaum is tops in the league and 33rd nationally with 4.21 kills per set, while her 278 total kills are third most – just five behind the leader.
- Nusbaum leads the team with nine double-doubles this season. Megan Kuper has four and Lauren Anderson two.
- Junior setter Morgan Elmore comes in second in the ASUN with 9.85 assists/set and third with 650 total helpers.
- Against league opponents, Elmore paces the ASUN with 302 assists and ranks second with 11.62 per set.
- Kuper is second on the Bisons with 174 total kills, including 81 in conference action. Her 2.64 kills/set are seventh most across the league, while her average is upped to 3.12 against ASUN opponents.
- The Bisons rank first in the ASUN in kills/set and assists/set with a marks of 13.73 and 12.91, respectively.
- In league play, those numbers jump to 14.85 kills and 13.88 assists.
- Middles Ca’Layci Coffey and Maddie Phillips lead the Bisons in blocks. Coffey has registered 49 stuffs, while Phillips has 27.
- Coffey ranks third on the Bisons with 135 kills. Her career high in a season was 77 coming into 2018.
- Lauren Anderson has been a valuable piece to Lipscomb’s success this season. The senior has split time between libero and outside hitter. She leads the team with 211 digs (3.20/set) after reaching double figures 11 times.
- LA has also added 86 kills and a team-high tying 16 service aces (Kuper).
The Bisons begin their second trip around the league Friday when the NJIT Highlanders visit Allen Arena for a 6:30 p.m. tip. Lipscomb will then go on the road for its next three games before coming back to Nashville on Nov. 2 against FGCU.