|October 31, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Fitzmaurice - 13
ELMORE - 1
Phillips - 2
Thompson - 6
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lipscomb volleyball was unable to get back on track Thursday night in Lynchburg, Virginia as the host Liberty Flames defeated the Bisons in four sets in ASUN Conference action at the Vines Center.
Junior outside hitter Megan Kuper led the purple and gold as the only player with double figures in kills (11). Junior middle Sami Rubal recorded eight kills and a team-high five blocks, while Lauren Myrick and Maddie Phillips added seven kills apiece. In the end, however, the Flames outhit the Bisons .303 (57k, 17e, 132ta) to .111 (48k, 32e, 144ta).
“Tough loss tonight, but we have to give credit to Liberty,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Momentum is a tricky thing and I think we are seeing the bad side of it unfortunately.
“We have to answer some questions of ourselves. But the determining factor at the end of the night was I didn’t believe that we were consistent enough with our pressure all around. When we are at our best, that pressure is constant and it forces the opponents into some things.”
The Bisons struggled out of the game, hitting -0.050 in game one with 12 errors to just 10 kills, before they were able to find their footing.
After Lipscomb took a 6-3 lead early in the second set, the Flames battled back eventually led by as many as three points at 21-18 following a four-point run. Facing set point on three occasions, the Bisons staved off defeat with kills from Logan Gish and Phillips before the former rocketed a quick ball through the block to give the visitors the win, 28-26, and even the match at intermission.
The third stanza had Liberty leading the entire way before Gish jumpstarted a 5-0 run to put the Bisons on top 17-15. After Lipscomb took a 20-18 advantage, the Flames won the next seven points to take the set, 25-20.
In the fourth frame the Bisons put together a four-point run that featured a solo block from Rubal and a kill from Alyssa Zwolensky to get within a point at 15-14. From there, Liberty closed out the match on a 10-3 spurt to win 25-17 and give Lipscomb its second-straight loss.
Liberty overtook the Bisons in the ASUN standings with the win, improving to 15-9 overall and 8-4 in league action. Lipscomb fell to 11-11 and 7-4 with the defeat.
“We will continue to get better from this,” Rosenthal said. “As the season gets late, if you have that growth mindset, or are willing to learn from it, some great things can happen.”
- Zwolensky scooped up a team-high 20 digs, as she and Ashley Maher (10) were the only Bisons in double figures.
- The team’s .111 hitting clip was the lowest since Sept. 20 against Iowa, while the 32 attack errors matched a season high.
- Senior Morgan Elmore dished 40 assists with three digs, two kills and a block.
- Lipscomb tied a season high with four solo blocks. Rubal had three of them.
- Garrett Joiner contributed with six kills, while Gish added five.
- Liberty totaled 12 blocks and four aces, while Lipscomb recorded eight and two.
Lipscomb will travel to Kennesaw State for a 6 p.m. showdown on Saturday. The match will not be available via live stream.
“It’s a tough test when we go up against Kennesaw State, and it’s a match that doesn’t need much hyping,” Rosenthal said. “Both teams understand what’s at stake. We have to answer questions within and move forward.”