|September 05, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 15||Kills||Julia Bergmann
- 36||Assists||Matti McKissock
- 2||Aces||Maddie Tippett
Julia Bergmann - 1
- 16||Digs||Maddie Tippett
PHILLIPS - 5
Mariana Brambilla - 4
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Lipscomb volleyball team battled back after dropping the first two sets, but in the end, it was Georgia Tech outlasting the Bisons 3-1 at O’Keefe Gymnasium Thursday night in the Hyatt Regency Invitational.
With the loss, the Bisons fall to 0-4 on the season while the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-1. Set scores were 18-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 13-25.
“I thought it was another great fight from our girls, but we just couldn’t get the win,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Our biggest improvement from last week was our management of the game.
“You could tell our girls were dialed in early and we exposed some of Georgia Tech’s weaknesses, but we just got in our own way in the first set. We played well in the next two sets with a lot of heart and hustle.”
Sophomore Lanie Wagner led the Bisons offense with a career high 15 kills, while Alyssa Zwolensky led the back row with 16 digs. Seniors Maddie Phillips and Morgan Elmore paced the way at the net with five blocks each.
The teams traded points early in the first set before Georgia Tech used a 7-1 run to take a 16-10 lead. The Bisons battled their way back to within striking distance (22-17) behind Garrett Joiner and Lauren Myrick, who combined for seven kills in the frame, but Georgia Tech won three of the last four points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In set two, the Yellow Jackets used the early momentum and trotted out to an 11-6 lead. The Bisons got things rolling behind an 11-4 run and grabbed an 18-17 lead following a kill from Sami Rubal. The home team regained the advantage with four of the next five points and then finished off the Bisons for a 25-22 set victory.
Lipscomb gained their footing in the third set and led most of the way after Myrick recorded a kill and an ace to get the stanza started. With the teams staying within a pair of points of each other, Rubal and Wagner combined for four consecutive kills to give Lipscomb a 17-14 lead and force a timeout from Georgia tech. The Yellow Jackets quickly closed the gap and tied the score at 17-17, but the Bisons were too hot to handle. Wagner answered with four kills down the stretch and helped seal the team’s 25-20 victory to extend the match.
The fourth frame saw Georgia Tech jump out to a 10-1 lead and ride the momentum to a 25-13 set victory.
“I know it sounds a lot like moral victories, but good things are coming from this,” Rosenthal said. “We are close to flipping these scores, you saw what we are capable of in the third.
“The whole match, minus the beginning of the fourth set, we made Georgia Tech earn every point. It was easy to see some growth and belief in our team from last weekend.”
- Georgia Tech outhit Lipscomb .273 to .145 and registered 61 kills to the Bisons 43.
- Joiner finished second on the team with nine kills, while Myrick and Rubal each added seven.
- Myrick made her first career start for the Bisons. She finished with seven kills, a .222 hitting percentage, six digs, two blocks and a pair of aces.
- Elmore collected a season high 36 assists. She also chipped in seven digs and five blocks.
- Zwolensky led the team for a third time this season in digs as her 16 were a career high.
- The third-frame victory was the first of the season for the Bisons. They had lost 11 straight sets to open the season.
Lipscomb will wrap up a short weekend at 10 a.m. CT Friday when it takes on IUPUI at O’Keefe. It will be just the second meeting all-time between the programs, after the Jaguars won the first in 2005.
“I’m excited to get to play IUPUI tomorrow, but more importantly I’m excited to see what the girls bring to the table because they continue to do some fantastic things,” Rosenthal said.