|October 20, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team kept the train rolling with its fifth-consecutive victory Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-18) shutout of North Florida inside Allen Arena.
The win takes the purple and gold to 10-9 overall and 6-2 in ASUN Conference play. It also marks the 5th-straight sweep for the Bisons, something they haven’t done since 2010.
“We don’t talk about the sweeps, we just play our game,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We didn’t have any ties or lead changes in the last two sets, but I thought set one was a tough battle.
“North Florida made some unbelievable plays and I kept telling our girls to keep the pressure. I love what I saw today.”
Junior outside hitter Megan Kuper was the star for Lipscomb on offense with a season-high 18 kills. The most impressive stat, however, was she only committed one error in 29 attacks to lead the team with a .586 hitting percentage.
“This is Megan Kuper,” Rosenthal said. “We missed her for five or six weeks, but this isn’t anything new to us. We know what she’s capable of and I think the league knows too since they voted her preseason all-conference. It’s just great to see her out there healthy and playing well.”
Kuper was aided by a match-high 42 assists from senior setter Morgan Elmore. It’s the second time this season Elmore has recorded at least 40 assists in only three sets.
“The team makes it so easy for me,” Kuper said. “Morgan spreads the offense so well and it leaves me one-on-one blocks, so it becomes a little easier to get the kills.”
The Lipscomb defense continued to impress. Libero Alyssa Zwolensky led the back row with 24 digs, while Ashley Maher recorded 11 and Alexis Triplett added seven.
Middle blockers Maddie Phillips and Sami Rubal combined for 17 kills and five blocks.
Led by three each from Kuper and Phillips, the Bisons totaled six blocks and held the visiting Ospreys to a .171 hitting clip.
The opening set saw the teams battle back-and-forth before Lipscomb took control midway through the frame. The Bisons strung together runs of three and four points late, while Kuper hammered eight kills, and Zwolensky dug out 13 balls to seal the win.
Sets two and three was all Lipscomb, as the Bisons never trailed or tied North Florida.
Lipscomb has now won 15 consecutive sets – the most for a purple and gold squad since do so in 2015.
“We’ve been very consistent with our energy, our play and our fight,” Kuper said. “I’m pleased that we haven’t been getting complacent. We continue to fight every single day.”
- Lipscomb outhit UNF .274 to .171 and dominated the kills count 52 to 35.
- Elmore has cracked 40 assists in eight matches this season. Two of those have come in the last three matches. She also paced the team with a pair of aces in the win.
- Freshman Lauren Myrick provided the Bisons an energy boost in the second set and finished the afternoon with six kills on 15 errorless swings to hit .400. It was her most kills in the last six outings.
- Sophomore Logan Gish added seven kills and two blocks, while Garrett Joiner contributed three kills and two digs.
- Taryn Griffey led UNF with 10 kills.
The Bisons continue their 4-match home stand on Tuesday when they host North Alabama at 6:30 p.m.
“We just need to keep the consistent energy and fight we’ve been having,” Kuper said. “We will be ready to get back out here and play again.”