|August 30, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Maher - 1
Triplett - 1
Wagner - 1
Bottomley - 1
Rammelsberg - 1
Myrick - 1
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Lipscomb volleyball team fell in its season opener at the Cowtown Classic to High Point, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) Friday morning at TCU’s University Recreation Center.
Lipscomb is now 0-1 to start its season, while High Point moved to 1-0.
“I thought our girls did some really special things in battling,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Despite getting off to a slow start in set one, they found a way to get back in it and challenge High Point. It was fun to watch.
“There is quite a bit of youth on our side playing quality minutes. We saw things we need to clean up, but overall I am happy with the performance. We just have to find ways to clean up points, especially when you have 44 errors.”
Sophomore hitter Lanie Wagner led the Bisons with 10 kills, while senior Maddie Phillips produced six. Junior Alyssa Zwolensky paced the back row defense with a career high 14 digs. Senior setter Morgan Elmore dished out 25 of the team’s 29 assists.
The opening set saw High Point quickly jump out to an 11-2 advantage before Lipscomb battled back to pull within a single point following a kill from Phillips, at 20-19. The Panthers won the next three points to lead them to a 25-21 win in set one.
The Bisons grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the second after kills from Logan Gish and Sami Rubal and an ace from Ashley Maher. High Point would make a couple of runs to take multiple leads, but Lipscomb continued to fight. A kill from Purdue transfer Garrett Joiner trimmed HPU’s lead to 21-20, but the Panthers won the next four points to take the set, 25-20.
After falling behind early in the third, Lipscomb grabbed its only lead of the set at 5-4 on another kill from Phillips. Midway through the frame, kills from Wagner and Gish sparked a 3-0 run to keep the Bisons alive. Three errors from the Panthers pulled Lipscomb to within two, but once again HPU scored the final four points to win the set and the match, 25-19.
“When you look out on the court and you have four or five girls who are getting a substantial amount of playing time, probably for the first time in their careers, it’s going to take a little time for them to get used to it,” Rosenthal said. “I loved the energy and drive from the players. The ability to tactically take information and be able to apply and execute it will be a key for us moving forward.”
- Lipscomb hit just .059 in the match, compared to .294 for High Point.
- The Bisons totaled nine blocks, led by three from Phillips.
- Four different players recorded aces in the loss – Wagner, Elmore, Maher and Alexis Triplett.
- Joiner, Triplett and Lauren Myrick all saw their first career action with the Purple and Gold.
The Bisons continue action later today at 4 p.m. when they take on Villanova in the second match of the Cowtown Classic.