|November 10, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team wrapped up its 2019 home schedule with a 3-0 loss to ASUN-leading Florida Gulf Coast in Allen Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles (25-4, 13-2 ASUN) defeated the Bisons (13-12, 9-5) by set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-14).
“I really liked how we came out in the first set, and I thought we did a nice job in the second as well,” head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Unfortunately we had a player bang her head and it cut herself we have to pause and switch up, but that is part of the game of volleyball.
“At just a couple of crucial points, we weren’t as disciplined as we can be. It’s not a question of skill, it’s just a matter of us executing.”
Senior Morgan Elmore led the Bisons attack with 33 assists in her final career match in Allen Arena. Fellow senior Maddie Phillips produced seven kills, two blocks and a pair of digs. Megan Sullivan also got in on the action in her home finale.
Junior middle Sami Rubal led the Bisons as the only player in double figures with 10 kills and only one error on 13 swings to hit a team-high .692. Junior Megan Kuper chipped in with eight kills and 15 digs, while libero Alyssa Zwolensky led the team with 21 digs.
After back-and-forth action throughout most of the first set, the Bisons scored three points out of a timeout with kills from Kuper and Rubal to put Lipscomb on top 21-19. However, the Eagles called timeout and then won the next six points to take the opening frame, 25-21.
In the second set after initially falling behind four points, Kuper and freshman Lauren Myrick jumpstarted an 8-2 run run that put the home team in front, 11-9. Later in the frame when Phillips and Kuper went back-to-back on kills, the Bisons led 16-14 and FGCU called timeout. Like the first frame, the Eagles came scorching out of the break with seven straight points and eventually took the set, 25-19.
“I thought we did a really nice job of extending some rallies,” Rosenthal said. “At the end of the day when you play a top team like FGCU, they make you earn points. We had a couple of really good chances, but we just couldn’t finish. It’s a matter of cleaning it up and taking it to them.”
The third set belonged to the visitors from the opening point. The Bisons never got any closer than three points after hitting -0.059 in the set with 11 attack errors.
- FGCU outhit Lipscomb .268 to .150, behind 20 attack errors from the purple and gold.
- Myrick and Garrett Joiner each recorded four kills in the defeat.
- Ashley Maher finished third on the team with eight digs.
- The Bisons currently stand as the No. 4 seed in the ASUN with two matches to play. They are one game behind Liberty in the standings, and two behind Kennesaw State.
The Bisons go on the road for their final two matches of the regular season. They visit North Florida at 6 p.m. Friday before taking on Jacksonville at 6 p.m. Saturday in the finale.
“I don’t look at this weekend as tough, I look at it as an opportunity to get better,” Rosenthal said. “We just for the first time this season got everyone healthy at one time, so we need those opportunities to get them to play together before the conference tournament.”