|October 22, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
GRIGGS - 3
ELLWANGER - 3
SULLIVAN - 3
NASHVILLE – Junior Megan Kuper recorded 12 kills and sophomore Garrett Joiner added 10 to help power the Lipscomb volleyball team to its sixth-straight ASUN Conference win (25-9, 25-9, 25-17) against North Alabama Tuesday night inside Allen Arena.
The win improved the Bisons to 11-9 overall and 7-2 in league play, while the Lions dropped to 3-19 and 1-8 with the defeat.
“I thought we did a really nice job tonight and the team was really dialed into our game plan,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We put a lot of pressure on them (UNA) from the very beginning with our serve, and from there it was a matter of us executing plays.
“The first 20 points or so looked easy for us, but our girls did a lot of work to make it seem that way. I am so proud of the girls as they continue to really be dialed in, not only in the game, but also in practice. Tonight was a great effort all around.”
Lipscomb has now swept six straight matches and won 18 consecutive sets – the most since 2010 for each.
Kuper was near perfect in the win as she hit .600 with no errors on 20 swings, and totaled 12 digs for her first double-double of the season.
“Megan had a good matchup where we were able to exploit what we thought would be favorable in our favor,” Rosenthal said. "She's really just starting to hit her stride after being out a few weeks."
Senior Morgan Elmore put together another efficient night from her setter position with 37 assists and 14 digs, while junior middle Sami Rubal added seven kills and a team-high five blocks.
“Morgan was phenomenal all night, and she has been the last couple of weeks,” Rosenthal said. “She has a really good handle on the game plan and how we want to go about attacking.”
Junior libero Alyssa Zwolensky paced the team once again from the back row with 15 digs.
The Bisons dominated the opening frame by scoring the first eight points and running out to a 19-4 lead before Rubal and Logan Gish recorded a set-clinching block to win 25-9.
The second set was not much different as the purple and gold raced out to a 20-6 advantage, setting up Rubal and freshman Bree Thompson to combine for four straight kills to send the Bisons into the intermission up 2-0.
Lipscomb once again held a double-digit lead for most of the third stanza before the Lions tried to battle their way back into it with a 6-2 run. It was not enough, however, as the Bisons got an ace from freshman Lauren Myrick and a kill from Maddie Phillips to wrap things up.
- The Bisons hit .321 in the win with 47 kills and only 13 errors in 106 attacks.
- Lipscomb committed only five combined miscues in the first two frames, while swinging .393 and .515.
- Thompson and Gish each recorded five kills, while Phillips added four.
- The Bisons and Lions each totaled seven blocks apiece.
The Bisons close out the four-game home stand on Sunday when the Stetson Hatters visit for a 1 p.m. first serve.
“This group has been a lot of fun to come to work with,” Rosenthal said. “I love being around them, love challenging them and I love their responses. They are very mature in that regard.
“We’ve talked about the last couple of weeks that we are only guaranteed the rest of the conference schedule. Until we get that asterisk, that’s all we can count on.”