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October 13, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
.355Hitting Pct..103
93Total Attacks87
RUBAL - 13
KillsBranch - 7
Merritt - 7
AssistsImpaglia - 22
AcesBusler - 1
DigsWelsch - 10
BlocksBlake - 3
Busler - 3
Volleyball rolls past NJIT in straight sets
Sunday, October 13, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball rolls past NJIT in straight sets

NEWARK, N.J. – The Lipscomb volleyball team finished off a perfect week with a 3-0 sweep of NJIT (25-22, 25-12, 25-13) in an ASUN road meeting inside the NJIT Wellness and Events Center Sunday afternoon.

With the victory the Bisons move to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in league action. They have put together three consecutive sweeps and now have five wins in their last seven outings. The Highlanders fall to 1-20, 0-6 with the loss.  

“This was another well-balanced match for us,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “When you look at the stat sheet it’s impressive to see the number of kills we had in a relatively short match. We earned 59 of the 75 points, so that tells us we are doing some pretty impressive stuff offensively.

“This was a great trip for us. This is on where we get to do some pretty cool things, but at the same time you have to keep in mind the task at hand and I thought our girls and staff handled it extremely well.”

Individually, Lipscomb’s balanced offensive attack featured five players totaling at least five kills. Junior middle Sami Rubal topped the list with 13 kills and a .688 hitting percentage, while Garrett Joiner and Logan Gish added 12 and 10, respectively.

“Sami has been a nice addition to what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks,” Rosenthal said. “To be honest, this is the Sami that we knew she could be. We challenged her and she’s risen to the occasion. You can see it in her play both offensively and defensively. It adds another element to our game.”

The Bisons fortunes were buoyed by the production from their middles. Going along with Rubal’s 13 kills, senior Maddie Phillips registered six kills and a team-high five blocks.

Senior setter Morgan Elmore produced a season-high for assists in a three-set match with 43, to go along with six digs. It marks her seventh match of the season with 40-plus helpers.

“I thought Morgan was fantastic once again,” Rosenthal said. “She’s taking her play to the next level and it’s fun to watch. One part that a lot of people don’t see is her leadership side of things. Her decision making has been really good.”

NJIT took the advantage out of the gate in set one, before Lipscomb got rolling midway through. The Bisons hit .333 in the frame and six different players recorded kills before Joiner slammed home the winning kill.

The second and third frames were all Bisons. Over the two sets, the purple and gold combined for 30 kills and only had eight errors. They outhit the Highlanders in each, .444 to .033 in the third and .333 to -.037 in the third.

“We were really efficient today,” Rosenthal said. “When we play like we did today, our team becomes

The Bisons dug a match high 16 balls and swung .324 to close out the game in three. 


  • Lipscomb has swept NJIT in eight of the nine meetings in series history.
  • Over the last three matches, Rubal has combined for 24 kills and only two errors. She has increased her hitting percentage in each of the three (.444, .500, .688). 
  • Joiner leads the team with eight matches of double-figure kills. She had achieved the feat in five of seven ASUN contests. Her .455 hitting clip was a season high for the sophomore transfer.
  • Gish now has at least 10 kills in two of her last three matches. She also totaled a career high four blocks in the win.
  • Megan Kuper picked up five kills and nine digs in the match.
  • Phillips recorded at least five blocks in a match for the sixth time this season. Three of those have come in conference play.
  • Libero Alyssa Zwolensky led the team with 11 digs. It marks her 15th match this season with double digit digs.
  • Ashley Maher led the Bisons for a third straight match with three aces. She’s got nine aces to one service error in the last three games and pushes her season total to 19.


The Bisons return home for four straight matches, beginning next weekend with Jacksonville on Friday (6:30 pm) and North Florida on Sunday (2 pm).