|November 15, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
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KENNESAW, Ga. - The Lipscomb volleyball team opened up its ASUN Conference Championship as the No. 3 overall seed and took on the No. 6 North Florida Ospreys Thursday night. The Bisons came away with a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-18).
The Bisons (18-11) got off to a slow start, falling behind early in the first set and couldn’t make up ground for a comeback and would drop the first set to the Ospreys.
“Happy for the win,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks taking advantage of opportunities and I thought we did so tonight.
“Credit to North Florida, I thought they showed tremendous fight as they always do, there’ something about this matchup. They always bring their best and they did so tonight. I thought their defensive pressure early on was the difference and really forced us to make a couple of uncharacteristic errors in spots that I just didn’t think was necessary.”
Lipscomb eventually settled in and won the next three sets to move on to the semifinals of the tournament.
The second set was a battle, as both teams went on multiple runs throughout the set, before the Bisons closed it out with a 3-0 run. They eventually took control in the third and fourth sets and played the aggressive offense they had all year long.
“We did a nice job of settling in,” Rosenthal said. “Really, midway through the second I thought our girls showed a lot of character. They took a pretty big swing as far as leads go. I thought we settled in through three and four.”
Senior Carlyle Nusbaum showed her experience for the Bisons as she lead the team in kills with 16. Sophomore Megan Kuper followed in Nusbaum’s footsteps on the offensive end, as she was able to chip in 14 kills.
On the defensive side of the net, the Purple and Gold held the Ospreys to just a .159 hitting clip and came up with nine blocks. Sami Rubal made her presence known as she had four of those blocks.
“I thought Ca’Lacyi Coffey really played well,” Rosenthal said. “As the match went on and our passing got better we were able to get her the ball and she did a nice job with that and then settled in blocking wise as well.
“The same thing with Sami in the middle. We took advantage of a couple opportunities and were able to score some big points with that.”
Coffey produced nine kills and hit a team high .381 from the middle. She also added a pair of blocks.
- This was the second year in a row that Lipscomb beat North Florida in the opening round of the conference tournament.
- Nusbaum and freshman Logan Gish were honored Wednesday night as Nusbaum was selected to the All-Conference First Team and Gish was selected to the All-Freshman Team.
- Nusbaum recorded her 15th double-double of the season by recording 16 kills and 13 digs
- Gish contributed with eight kills on 19 swings for a .316 hitting clip.
- Morgan Elmore lead the team with 30 assists and Marcella Emmanuelli chipped in with 21 assists of her own
The Bisons advance to the semifinals of the ASUN Conference Championship and take on No. 2 seed and tournament host Kennesaw State tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.