|September 07, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
PHILLIPS - 2
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|September 08, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
CARLTON - 4
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb volleyball team travels to West Lafayette, Indiana this weekend for three games in the Stacey Clark Classic hosted by Purdue University.
The Bisons will face Louisville in the opener at 11 a.m. Friday before taking on host No. 19 Purdue at 6:30 that evening. They will then wrap the tournament on Saturday with a 4 p.m. meeting against Xavier.
Live stats will be provided for all three matches, but only the one against Purdue will be video streamed on the Big Ten Network for a fee.
STACEY CLARK CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday - Louisville (11:00 AM) - Live Stats
Saturday - Xavier (4:00PM) - Live Stats
The Bisons enter the weekend 3-2 on the year after going 1-2 last weekend in Tucson, Arizona at the Cactus Classic. Despite dropping matches against Arizona (3-0) and Pacific (3-1), Lipscomb battled back to sweep San Diego State, 3-0, in the finale before heading back home.
Sophomore Megan Kuper was named to the All-Tournament team after combining for 19 kills and 13 digs. She hit a season high .400 against the Aztecs with eight kills on 15 swings.
Senior Lauren Anderson was also named to the All-Tournament squad. She started the first two matches at libero before moving outside for the finale. She combined for 16 kills and 30 digs over the weekend.
- Louisville (4-2) opened the year by winning four straight matches in three sets. The Cardinals won the Cardinal Classic before competing in the Florida Tournament. Louisville defeated Central Florida in three sets before losing its last two matches to Florida and Southern California.
- Louisville, the 2017 ACC Co-Champions, were selected to finish second in the ACC Preseason Coaches' Poll behind Pitt. The Cardinals also received one first-place vote in the poll.
- Molly Sauer continues to bolster the defense for Louisville with 82 digs, while Jasmine Bennett provides a threat to opponents on both sides of play, tallying 53 kills and 20 blocks.
- The Cardinals had four players earn preseason All-ACC honors in Jasmine Bennett, Melanie McHenry, Wilma Rivera and Molly Sauer.
- Louisville enters the weekend ranked seventh nationally in hitting percentage (.298) and 45th in blocks per set (2.55). Senior middle blocker Jasmine Bennett ranks fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.511).
- The 19th-ranked Boilermakers start the weekend undefeated so far in the 2018 season after going 5-0.
- Senior libero Brooke Peters was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her performances against Oakland and Notre Dame last weekend. She posted a career-high 30 digs vs the Irish.
- Purdue recently beat both Oakland and Notre Dame 3-1. The two sets given up by Purdue were the first two sets given up all season, after starting the year with three straight sweeps at the Purdue Reamer Club Xtra Special Volleyball Premier Tournament.
- Senior outside hitter Sherridan Atkinson leads the offensive production for the Boilermakers with 46 kills. Atkindon also has a team-high .409 hitting percentage. Senior defensive specialist Brooke Peters is a threat on defense with 51 digs.
- Xavier heads to West Lafayette, Ind. with an overall record of 1-4.
- The Musketeers are coming off a three-loss trip to Puerto Rico where they were swept by Missouri (19-25, 21-25, 21-25) and Towson (20-25, 25-27, 17-25). Xavier took the second set from Arizona State, 25-13, but eventually fell 3-1 (13-25, 25-13, 23-25, 21-25).
- Senior outside hitter Laura Grossman has shown to be a threat for the Musketeers, leading the team in kills at 58 while also recording 39 digs.
- Senior libero Meredith Klare leads the defensive efforts for Xavier with a team-high 61 digs.
- The Bisons are looking to take down their second Big Ten opponent of the season after upending Iowa (3-1) in the LUV Invite.
- Lipscomb is led on offense by Carlyle Nusbaum’s 76 kills. She also has 43 digs six blocks and four aces on the year.
- Nusbaum leads the ASUN in kills per set at 4.22 after also leading the league in each of the last two seasons.
- A win against No. 19 Purdue would give Lipscomb a victory over a top-25 team for the fourth time in the last five seasons (No. 22 Kansas – 2014, No. 23 Utah – 2015, No. 24 Arizona – 2016).
- Kuper is second on the team with 36 kills.
- Middles Maddie Phillips and Ca’Layci Coffey have added 30 and 29 kills, respectively. Coffey paces the team with 20 blocks, while Phillips is second with 14.
- Anderson tops the Bisons with 59 digs.
Lipscomb comes home Tuesday for a midweek matchup with Belmont. The Bisons and Bruins are scheduled for first serve at 6:30 p.m. in a match on ESPN+.