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Volleyball sees growth in five-set exhibition
Saturday, August 24, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball sees growth in five-set exhibition

NASHVILLE - The Lipscomb volleyball team fell 3-2 in an exhibition match with Tennessee Tech Saturday afternoon inside Allen Arena.

The Bisons were finally able to go against some competition for the first time this preseason other than themselves and head coach Brandon Rosenthal was impressed with what he saw.  

“I thought it was great to get our girls out and see them play against a different opponent today,” Rosenthal said. “One of the big questions we had was, could we score? We saw we have the ability to do that at a pretty good rate today.

“The thing I’d like to see be better is management of our service errors. The number wasn’t as alarming as was when they came. But that’s just a little bit of growth and development. We will get better from this.”

Lipscomb got off to a quick start in front of a nice crowd with a 25-16 win in the opening set.

TTU rebounded with victories in sets two (30-28) and three (25-17) to take the advantage, but the Bisons were able to force a deciding frame behind a 25-19 win in set four.

The Golden Eagles and Bisons went back-and-forth in the fifth, but in the end it was Tech ultimately prevailing 15-13.

“The opportunity to see different girls play in different situations is so valuable to us,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We will take that into the season and beyond. Tennessee Tech found a way to come up with the big points, but all-in-all I am pleased with what we saw today.”

The trio of Lanie Wagner, Maddie Phillips and Sami Rubal each came away with a team-leading 13 kills, while Megan Kuper chipped in 11. Phillips swung .421 and Rubal hit .321 to pace the way.

Purdue transfer Garrett Joiner jumped into the action in set two and finished with nine kills.

Senior setter Morgan Elmore totaled 55 of the team’s 59 assists to go along with 11 digs for the Bisons only double-double. Alyssa Zwolensky led the squad with 20 digs.

“We have to be better in maintain our energy all the way through,” Rosenthal said. “We’ve worked hard in the planning part of it, and I thought they really executed the preseason at a level that I think is going to pay off big dividends down the road. I would have loved to pull out the victory, but we have to look at the bigger picture.”

Lipscomb gets the regular season going next Friday in Fort Worth, Texas at the Cowtown Classic hosted by TCU. The Bisons open at 10 a.m. Friday against High Point.

 

QUICK HITTERS:

  • Lipscomb outhit Tech .174 to .138 for the match and recorded 25 more kills.
  • The Bisons recorded 10 aces off the service line, compared to six for the Golden Eagles.
  • Kuper notched three block assists to help the team to 6.0 total blocks. Tech finished with 13.
  • There were 29 ties and 13 lead changes in the five-setter.