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Carlyle Nusbaum

#12 Carlyle Nusbaum

HT. 5-10
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
MAJOR Psychology

Career Honors & Awards:

  • ASUN Player of the Year (2016, 2017)
  • ASUN First Team All-Conference (2016, 2017)
  • AVCA All-South Region (2016, 2017)
  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
  • VolleyballMag Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
  • PrepVolleyball Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
  • ASUN Tournament Most Valuable Player (2016)
  • ASUN All-Freshman Team (2015)
  • 11x ASUN Player of the Week
  • ASUN Defensive Player of the Week (2016)
  • ASUN Freshman of the Week (2015)
  • 4x Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • MVP of LUV Invite (2018)
  • 3x LUV Invite All-Tournament Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • ASICS Classic All-Tournament Team (2016)
  • Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic All-Tournament Team (2017)
  • HotelRed Invitational All-Tournament Team (2017)


  • Named ASUN Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, making her the first player in the conference since 2008-09 to grab back-to-back Player of the Year honors
  • Unanimous ASUN First Team All-Conference
  • AVCA All-South Region
  • Was one of 12 players named to the USA College National Team China Tour, the program’s top collegiate squad
  • ASUN All-Tournament Team
  • LUV Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • Ohio State’s D.C. Koehl Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Wisconsin’s HotelRed Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • Won three ASUN Player of the Week honors to give her nine for her career, which is the most all-time in the league’s volleyball history
  • Ranked 4th in the nation with 5.22 kills per set and 5.57 points per set
  • Led the league and stood 17th in the country with 522 total kills – the 8th most in a single season in conference history
  • Her 5.22 kills per set was the second-highest total in ASUN history, trailing only FAU’s Kelly Paiva who registered 5.94 in 2005
  • LUV Invite All-Tournament Team 


  • Became the seventh Bison in 10 years to take home ASUN Player of the Year honors
  • ASUN Tournament MVP… Unanimous ASUN First Team All-Conference
  • AVCA All-South Region
  • Named an Honorable Mention All-American by AVCA, and
  • LUV Invite All-Tournament Team
  • ASICS Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Became only the second player in ASUN history to earn five Player of the Week honors in a single season…Also named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week (10/31)
  • First Bison to ever be named the AVCA Player of the Week (11/15) after combining to hit .537 with 42 kills and 20 digs in back-to-back sweeps of Jacksonville and North Florida
  • Led the ASUN and ranked 31st in the nation with 491 total kills and 4.50 kills per set
  • Those totals helped pace the second-best kills per set team in the nation at 14.92
  • 21 times she finished with a match high in kills
  • Registered double-digit kills in 28 of 30 games, six of those she recorded 21 or more
  • Tallied a career high 32 kills against Louisville (8/16) and a .568 hitting percentage (37ta, 24k, 3e) versus North Florida (11/12)
  • Closed the season on a tear with double figures in digs in 10 of the last 12 games, after only having one in the first 18 outings
  • Scooped up 228 digs for an average of 2.09 per set
  • Notched a season high 15 digs in wins over Northwestern (9/9) and Kennesaw State (10/21)
  • Totaled 10 double-doubles in kills and digs
  • Her 540.0 points were tops in the conference and 40th in the country
  • Her 4.95 points per set was the 20th best total in Division I
  • Became the first sophomore to lead the ASUN in kills per set in more than a decade
  • Finished third on the Bisons with 47 total blocks (13bs, 34ba)
  • Also chipped in 19 service aces and nine assists
  • Netted a career high three service aces in the season opener against Cal State Northridge (8/26)
  • Picked up double figures in points in 29 of 30 matches played


  • A-Sun All-Freshman Team
  • A-Sun Player of the Week (11/2)
  • A-Sun Freshman of the Week (11/2)
  • First Lipscomb player to win both awards (POTW and Freshman of the Week) in the same week
  • Tennessee Sports Writers Assocation Player of the Week (11/4)
  • Second overall in A-Sun in both kills (302) and kills per set (3.68)
  • Second in A-Sun matches only in both kills (146) and kills per set (3.72)
  • Match high seven times in kills
  • Career highs in kills (29) and digs (17) at Kennesaw State (10/31)
  • Double figures in kills in 15 of 20 matches played and totaled 20 or more four times
  • Four double-doubles (kills, digs)
  • Four matches in double figures in digs
  • Three matches with a .400 or higher hitting percentage
  • Career match high .500 hiting percentage vs. Pacific (9/12)

High School:

  • High School All-American (2014)
  • Senior Ace(2014)
  • Earned six letters, four in volleyball and two in track, at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 2x All-State (2013, 2014)
  • 4x All-Region and All-District
  • Hayden Invitational MVP (2012, 2014)
  • State Championship (2014)
  • Runner-up State Championship (2013)
  • 4x All-Tournament selection
  • All-State Tournament team (2013, 2014)
  • First place in career kills … Second highest total in season kills 
  • In track earned 3rd-place in the long jump and javelin in Eastern Kansas League (2012)
  • Placed 6th in javelin in 5-A State Meet (2012)
  • Honor roll (two semesters)
  • National Art Honors Society.



  • National Champion in Open Division (2013)
  • National Runner-up in National Division(2010)
  • Fifth place Open Division (2011, 2012, 2015) 
  • 10th place Open Division (2014).


  • Parents are Kris and Mark Nusbaum
  • One older sister (Kelsey Tarpinian) and two younger brothers (Andrew and Jameson)
  • Her mother played volleyball and basketball at Rockhurst University
  • Her father played basketball at Northwest Missouri State University
  • Her grandfather, Norman Victor Rehm, played baseball in the Major Leagues for the Milwaukee Braves (1954-1963)
  • Business Marketing major.