|October 04, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Broadwater - 2
Chastang - 2
Groover - 2
TRIPLETT - 1
PHILLIPS - 5
NASHVILLE – Friday night in front of a rowdy home crowd and a loud contingent of Kennesaw State fans, the Lipscomb volleyball team suffered a defeat to the visiting Owls in four sets at Allen Arena.
The Owls took the decision by scores of 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15.
“First I have to give credit to Kennesaw State. I thought their defense was great,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We had a couple of opportunities to execute and we didn’t take advantage.
“The tough part for us right now is that as we get girls back from injuries, it’s another new lineup each time. We just have to put that line in the sand and ask ourselves if we are going to make a change or not.”
Sophomore Garrett Joiner led the Bisons with 15 kills and a .300 hitting percentage. Junior Megan Kuper posted 11 kills and eight digs in her home debut.
Senior setter Morgan Elmore totaled 40 assists, while Alyssa Zwolensky (15) and Ashley Maher (10) paced the way in digs.
In a hard-fought match between the two schools, each netted a victory in the first two sets with Lipscomb winning the second frame. After KSU led the first wire to wire, the Bisons never had a lead of more than two points in the second set, despite hitting a match high .421.
Joiner recorded six of her kills in the frame before Elmore finished off the Owls with back-to-back points to win 25-23.
After the Bisons took a 12-11 lead in the third on another kill from Joiner, KSU closed the frame on a 14-7 run to get the win. The final set was shuttered by an Owls attack that managed to expand its lead to four points early, forcing a Lipscomb timeout. The Bisons fought back and eventually regained the lead, 10-9, after a three-point run that was bookended by kills from Kuper. From there, however, it was all Owls as the visitors closed the match on a 16-5 run.
“Our team has battled, and I don’t question our effort, but we just ultimately didn’t do enough,” Rosenthal said. “I have no doubt as we progress through the next few weeks that we will learn from this match tonight.”
- Maddie Phillips and Elmore came up big at the net on numerous occasions as the duo finished with a team-high five block apiece.
- The Owls showed their prowess on the service line with nine aces, pushing their league-leading total to 116. Lipscomb totaled just two aces.
- Sami Rubal picked up five kills and a pair of blocks.
The Bisons go back on the road next week for a pair of single matches. They first travel to Florence to take on North Alabama at 7 p.m. Tuesday, before trekking to Newark, New Jersey on Sunday to battle the Highlanders of NJIT at 2 p.m.
“Liberty is a great team, but I like our chances tomorrow,” Rosenthal said. “I like what our team continues to do and how they continue to fight.”