|August 30, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Lough - 1
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Lipscomb volleyball team fought hard throughout the day, but ultimately fell 3-0 to Villanova in the nightcap on day one at the Cowtown Classic at TCU’s University Recreation Center.
"Again I can't say enough about how hard our girls battled throughout the day," Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "One of the questions I had coming into the weekend was our grit and what it looked like. I am proud of how they played."
Lipscomb drops to 0-2 on the season, while Villanova improves to 1-0.
Sophomore hitter Garrett Joiner was the only Bison in double figures with 10 kills. Maddie Phillips and Lanie Wagner followed with seven apiece. Libero Alyssa Zwolensky scooped up a team-high 11 digs and setter Morgan Elmore chipped in 29 assists.
"Garrett Joiner did a real nice job and kept us in a lot of plays and came up with some big plays as well," Rosenthal said. "We have to do a little more to capitalize on those runs."
The Bisons got the match started hot behind the transfer Joiner, who recorded four quick kills to help the team to a 10-5 advantage in the first set. The Wildcats came roaring back with a 12-3 run to take a four-point lead. Later in the frame, the Bisons held the lead at 21-20 and 23-22 following kills from Logan Gish and Lanie Wagner, but Villanova took the next three points to win the set, 25-23.
Like it did in the morning match, Lipscomb quickly grabbed a 7-2 lead following a trio of kills and pair of Villanova service errors to bookend the run in the second game. The Wildcats clawed their way back to gain control, 19-14, after a five-point run. Nova was too strong down the stretch and sealed the frame (25-19) after winning the final four points.
In the third set the teams battled back-and-forth with neither having an advantage of more than a single point, until Joiner and Sami Rubal threw down back-to-back strikes to make it 8-6 Bisons. From there the Wildcats mounted a 7-0 run and Lipscomb could never get closer than two points the rest of the way as Villanova won the set and match, 25-19.
"As we progressed to the second match, I thought we did a good job of blocking the ball," Rosenthal said. "Our serve-recieve was much better too. I thought we did a good job of minimizing those mistakes in this match."
- Villanova outhit Lipscomb .333 to .126 for the match. A key factor in leading to that advantage was 24 attacking errors from the Bisons, compared to only 11 from the Wildcats.
- The Bisons totaled four blocks, led by two from Rubal. Six players in total got their hands on a ball.
- Friday’s matchup was the first-ever meeting between the programs.
- Joiner’s 10 kills were a match high amongst both squads.
The Bisons close out the Cowtown Classic and opening weekend at 2 p.m. Saturday when they take on the Horned Frogs of TCU.
"The tough part is we aren't getting the W's, but we are battling and in every set," Rosenthal said. "No one needs to be discouraged. There are a lot of tough things going right now, but I saw improvement from match one to match two, so I think we are going to be even better tomorrow."