|November 08, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Greenfield - 1
MAHER - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coming off a big road sweep at Kennesaw State last weekend, the Lipscomb volleyball team kept its momentum rolling with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-9) Senior-Night victory over NJIT Friday night inside Allen Arena.
The Bisons honored their three seniors Megan Sullivan, Maddie Phillips and Morgan Elmore in a pregame ceremony.
“Senior night is always one of those things that you are grateful to be playing at home, but it’s the last time you get to do it,” Sullivan said. “It’s really weird to look around as they are calling out lineups and know that it’s the last time in my entire career that will happen. It’s bittersweet and crazy that we got here.”
The win clinched a spot for the Bisons in the ASUN Championship for the 15th-straight year.
Fueling the purple and gold’s offense, which hit .325 in the match, was a quartet of Bisons.
Senior Maddie Phillips hit a team-high .583 with nine kills, four digs and three blocks to lead the way. Junior Megan Kuper added eight kills and a .353 clip, while freshman Lauren Myrick and Garrett Joiner added seven and six kills, respectively.
Morgan Elmore dished out 25 assists from her setter position and Alyssa Zwolensky reeled in 13 digs from the back row.
Game one saw the teams separated by just two points midway through the set before Lipscomb got an ace from Elmore and a kill from Joiner to spark 16-4 run that gave the Bisons a 25-21 win.
“We knew after last weekend sweeping Kennesaw that we still had a lot to prove to ourselves and to this conference and see what we are made of,” Sullivan said. “Tonight was all about building and taking a step in the right direction.”
The second frame saw the Bisons pick right back up from where they left off as Joiner and Phillips earned the first point with a block. Following three straight kills from Kuper and Myrick, Lipscomb increased its lead to 10-4. After the Highlanders tried to cut into the margin with a 4-2 run, it was Kuper and Sami Rubal who got another block before Sullivan landed an ace to help the Bisons make an 8-2 run and win the frame 25-13.
In the final stanza, it was all Bisons as they hit .417 in the set. Kuper, Joiner and Phillips combined for 10 kills and they helped Lipscomb to runs of 11-0 and 7-0 to take the set and the match, 25-9.
“It’s been really special coming to this program after being somewhere that is different,” Sullivan said. “I have changed in incredible ways in my time here just because of the people I have been around the last three and a half years.”
- Lipscomb outhit NJIT .325 to -.024 after totaling 35 kills on 80 attacks.
- The .325 hitting clip was the second highest of the season for Lipscomb
- The Bisons matched their season high with eight aces, led by two each from Zwolensky and Ashley Maher.
- Phillips led the team with three blocks, followed by a pair from Rubal.
- Sullivan was credited with six digs and three assists on senior night.
The Bisons will travel to North Florida on Friday and Jacksonville on Saturday for the final two regular season games of the year.
“For us it is just about execution, and that’s what I loved about sets two and three tonight,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I thought we came out and did what we wanted to do and not let NJIT’s play dictate our plan.
“This is exciting volleyball and now that we’ve punched our ticket, we know we have extended our season. It will be a big match Sunday, but that's what this time of year is about. All the top teams are having to play one another.”