|October 17, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
GROOVER - 19
ANDERSON - 15
NUSBAUM - 15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is never easy when two ASUN teams meet. And when the match is between two of the best in the league it gets even tougher.
Wednesday night at Allen Arena Kennesaw State prevailed 3-2 over Lipscomb. The Bisons won set one 31-29, lost set two 25-14 and set three 27-25 before rallying for a 25-22 win in set four. Kennesaw State took set five 15-9.
“In the end they (Kennesaw) made more plays,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “That is a hard thing to accept as a coach. It could have very easily gone either way.
“I thought our fight was there. Our battle was there. But working hard is not necessarily enough. I thought Kennesaw did a nice job of extending rallies and they won some key points. That is what you should expect in a match like this.”
The Owls are 17-4 overall, 8-0 in the conference. Lipscomb slips to 11-9 overall, 6-2 in the ASUN.
Not only was it tough, but in Rosenthal’s opinion it was little weird as well.
“It wasn’t a very clean match,” Rosenthal said. “I thought our extra effort at times got us back into it and that was great. But the other side is you have to ask yourself why we were having to do that.
“They out dug us. They out blocked us. We did a good job of serving at points, but we have to do a better job of attacking.”
Carlyle Nusbaum led Lipscomb with 19 kills. Samantha Rubal added 14. Megan Kuper and Ca’Layci Coffey were credited with 11 each.
Nusbaum, Kuper and Lauren Anderson each made 15 digs.
Kennesaw State’s Lauren Chastang made a match high 21 kills. Chastang and Karlee Groover both made a match-high 19 digs.
“You can look at each individual set and I think there were some good things that we did,” Rosenthal said. “But I thought we gave away too many points at tough times.
“There is plenty of stuff to get better at, no doubt. The thing we will continue to focus on is how do we get better from here. I do love how this team continues to grow. This group is good. I think we are just hitting our stride.”
- It was the first loss at home for Lipscomb in eight matches.
- Kennesaw State extended its overall match win streak to 11.
- The 31-29 set one win marked the second time Lipscomb has scored 30 or more in a set. They won 30-28 over Louisville Sept. 7 in a 3-1 match loss.
- The double-double for Nusbaum was her 10th of the season, tops on the team.
- It is the 12th time this season Lauren Anderson has finished in double figures in digs. She leads the team with 226.
- Kuper’s 15 digs tied her career high.
- Morgan Elmore’s 53 assists are a season high.
- KSU totaled 21.0 blocks, that is 0.5 off its program record, which was set last season when the Owls downed the Bisons in five sets in the regular season.
The Bisons are back home again Friday night at 6:30 at Allen Arena against the NJIT Highlanders.