|November 22, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Rubal - 15
Shomaker - 16
Carroll - 1
Beisner - 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lipscomb volleyball team saw its season come to a close on Friday night at the ASUN Championship as the No. 4 seed Bisons fell to host and No. 1 seed FGCU in four sets.
Outside hitter Megan Kuper was able to record her sixth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 15 digs to lead the Bisons. Three other Bisons also recorded double-digit kills in Sami Rubal (15), Maddie Phillips (13), and Lauren Myrick (10). However, the balanced offensive attack wasn't enough to overcome the top-seeded Eagles.
"First off, congrats to Florida Gulf Coast," head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "That was a very high-level match and its tough to be on the bad side of it, but in the end, I asked our players to give it everything they had and they did.
"I couldn't be more proud of this group and everything they represented. They truly embody what we want this program to be all about and tonight's performance was awesome. Awesome to watch, awesome to be apart of and awesome to lead."
Lipscomb and FGCU played each other close in the first and second sets, but both sets went to FGCU putting the Bisons in a 2-0 hole early in the contest.
In the first set, the Bisons were able to jump out to a 15-12 lead but some uncharacteristic services errors allowed the Eagles to eventually pull ahead at 18-16. Despite making a late push to try and even things back up, Lipscomb couldn't overcome five service errors from earlier and dropped the first set 25-23.
The second set started out very similar to the first with the two squads playing fairly even, but FGCU never let the Bisons make a run and went on to win 25-21.
The third set is where Lipscomb kicked things into gear. After falling behind 10-6 to open the frame, the defense stepped up and slowed down the FGCU attack allowing Lipscomb to go on its first big run of the match. The Purple and Gold eventually fought their way back to even it up at 19-19 and went on to take the set 25-21 behind back-to-back aces from Phillips and a huge block by Rubal.
"I thought our girls played with everything they had from the very first point and never let up," Rosenthal said. "Mistakes were made throughout the match and I think both coaches can say that there's an error here, an error there, but I think in the end, what you ultimately hope for is girls going for it and that's just what we had.
"I thought our defense tonight was just stellar. Stellar from the standpoint of the pressure that we continued to put on them."
With momentum now on their side, the Bisons came out in the fourth set and took an early lead at 10-7, but a 10-3 run by the Eagles in the middle stages of the stanza saw FGCU climb back on top, 18-17. Lipscomb was able to get the score all squared at 21, but a final push from the Eagles gave them the edge to take the set, 25-23.
The loss brings the end to the Lipscomb season and its final record to 16-13.
"I think when you think about this team you think about the three seniors: Morgan Elmore, Megan Sullivan and Maddie Phillips," Rosenthal said. "These three individuals gave everything they've ever had to this program.
"They've laid it all on the line and have done so since day one, so it's not often we can look to a group who completely left it all out there and they have nothing to hang their heads about by any means."
- The Bisons third set win was the first set victory over FGCU this season
- Senior setter Morgan Elmore had a productive night dishing out 55 assists to go along with 11 digs, four kills and two blocks
- Alyssa Zwolensky scooped up a team-high 26 digs
- Lipscomb outgained FGCU in kills (64-55) and attacks (169-160)
- The Eagles outhit Lipscomb .256 to .231
- Logan Gish and Laine Wagner each contributed with four kills and three kills, respectively
- Lipscomb will lose three seniors in Elmore, Phillips and Megan Sullivan from this years team
"As a coach, you want at least one more day where you know you're going to go into the gym and battle with them," Rosenthal said. "I'm just proud to be their coach and proud of what these three seniors have meant for this program and I have no doubt that they're ready for their next steps.
"I thank them, I thank the rest of the team, I thank the staff and I thank all of the LUV supporters out there that continue to pour their hearts into us."