|November 15, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Youngblood - 1
Venturelli - 1
Dixon - 2
Cestero - 2
|November 16, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Rubal - 13
Gish - 13
Wierzbicki - 4
Bolding - 4
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team will close out the regular season this weekend in Jacksonville with seeding in next week’s ASUN Conference Tournament on the line.
The Bisons will get the action started at 6 p.m. on Friday against North Florida, before taking on Jacksonville in the regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+.
Lipscomb spent its final weekend at home with a pair of split decisions. The Bisons swept NJIT on senior night before falling in straight sets to FGCU on Sunday.
- Lipscomb has dominated when matched up against the Ospreys, owning a 23-3 all-time record versus North Florida, including 14-straight wins entering Friday.
- The Bisons swept UNF 3-0 in Nashville on October 20 behind 18 kills and a .586 hitting percentage from Megan Kuper.
- The purple and gold lead 22-9 in the all-time series with Jacksonville.
- Lipscomb swept the Dolphins at Allen Arena in October after holding them to an .077 hitting clip.
SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA
- The Ospreys bring into the weekend a 14-16 overall record and a 6-8 mark in ASUN play. They are currently sixth in the league table, and with either a win for them or a loss by Jacksonville this weekend will clinch a spot for UNF in the ASUN Championship next week.
- UNF is 9-6 at home this season after splitting with Jacksonville (W, 3-1) and Liberty (L, 3-1) last weekend.
- Sophomore Solimar Cestero was named ASUN Co-Player of the Week on Monday, while Julianna Askew picked up her second ASUN Freshman of the Week honor.
- Cestero set the program’s NCAA single-match record with 30 kills in a 3-1 win over Bethune Cookman, and then followed with 24 and 16 kills against JU and LU. She was the first Osprey to reach 30 kills since 1996. She is currently fourth in the league in kills () and kills per set ().
- Askew posted a pair of double-doubles last week to give her six on the year. She opened with 54 assists and 11 digs against Bethune Cookman and then registered 33 assists and 10 digs versus the Flames. She leads the conference with 1,173 assists on the year
- The Dolphins enter the final weekend 10-19 overall and 5-9 in conference play. They are currently seventh, one match behind UNF in the standings.
- JU ranks second in the ASUN in digs (1531) and total attacks (3709), while coming in third in kills (1339), assists (1249), total blocks (213) and blocks per set (1.95).
- Natalie Wehner is second in the conference at 510 digs and fourth in digs per set (4.72).
- The Dolphins do boast the top hitter in the league in Sydney Bolding with a .403 hitting percentage. She also stands fifth at 1.04 blocks per set.
- Lipscomb boasts a 13-12 overall record and is fourth in the ASUN with an 9-5 record
- The Purple and Gold take to Jacksonville a 5-5 record on the road, including a 4-2 road mark in ASUN play.
- Senior setter Morgan Elmore has been playing well since starting ASUN action. Her 11.48 assists per set is the second-best mark in the league, while her 551 total assists are third most
- Megan Kuper has recorded double-digit kills in seven conference matches after returning from injury. The junior has compiled 137 kills on the year, and is hitting .311. her 17 service aces against ASUN foes ranks fourth best in the league.
- Alyssa Zwolensky has provided the Bisons defensive stability on the back row this season. She is sixth in the conference with 398 digs and an average of 4.47 digs per set. In ASUN play, her per-set average rises to 4.98 – which ranks third.
- Garrett Joiner and Maddie Phillips bring the firepower to the Lipscomb offense as they lead the squad in kills. Joiner has tallied 219, while Phillips is at 215, respectively.
- Phillips is tops on the team with 73 blocks on the year, while junior Sami Rubal is second with 58. The duo combines to average 4.44 kills per set.
The Bisons will travel to Fort Myers, Florida for the ASUN Championship at Alico Arena. The tournament runs Nov. 21-23 with the top two seeds earning byes until the semifinal round.