Both Belmont and Lipscomb swept their ASun opponents over the weekend. The recaps from Belmont and Lipscomb Athletics follow:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not even a late rally by their opponent could keep Belmont Volleyball from picking up its second win of the weekend on Saturday. The Bruins (11-9, 6-2 OVC) blew by visiting Southeast Missouri State (7-15, 2-6 OVC), 3-0, in the Curb Event Center to improve to 6-2 in OVC play.
A steady start to the first frame opened the door for back-to-back kills by senior Brie Lewis (Stillwell, Kan.) to put Belmont ahead, 6-3. The Redhawks called timeout after BU exploded behind kills from seniors Arianna Person (Lenexa, Kan.) and Lewis, graduate student Jessica Vestal (Concord, Calif.) and freshman Mackenzie LePage (Franklin, Tenn.) to grab an 18-10 advantage. The brief break in the action did little to slow the Bruins as they continued to pile on the points down the stretch. Kills by Person, Vestal and Lewis handed the set to BU, 25-18.
BU resumed its heavy point production from the start of the second stanza, jumping out to a 9- lead before the Redhawks could call their first timeout. The brief break did not hobble the Bruin intensity as the team built on an 11-1 run, to go up 20-6. Belmont absolutely dominated the set, only allowing Southeast Missouri State to add four more points. The Bruins easily rolled to the 25-10 win. The mere 10 points allowed are the fewest an opponent has scored in a set this season against Belmont.
Southeast Missouri State saw a complete reversal of fortune in the third set, taking advantage of unforced errors to knot the score and take the lead, 8-7, for the first time since the opening frame. The Bruins regained the lead, 13-11, behind a kill by Person and a Redhawk service error. Unfortunately, it would be short lived. The teams would go on to be tied 11 times as SEMO struggled to make a mark down the stretch and sneak a set away from Belmont. Locked at 20-20, neither team would call a timeout to give the other an opportunity to strategize.
BU surged to a 23-20 lead behind a service ace by Vestal, a kill by Person and a SEMO ball handling error. A Redhawk attack error lifted the Bruins to match point as junior Alexa Nichols (Walton, Ky.) smashed the kill for the win, 25-21.
Person finished with a match-high 13 kills. Junior Maggie Mullins (Nashville, Tenn.) recorded 36 assists and senior Ellie Ivancich (Naperville, Ill.) notched a match-high 13 digs. Vestal tallied a pair of service aces.
Belmont returns to action on October 19, opening a five-match road swing at in-state rival Austin Peay. Match time is set for 6 p.m. Live stats will be available and the match can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network. Fans may also follow the team’s Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball closed out a perfect week on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over USC Upstate in ASUN Conference action at Allen Arena.
The Bisons won by scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-18.
“I think this was a great performance from our girls,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “The biggest thing was that we were able to limit our errors.
“Those miscues have been the thing that has really killed us this season, but today we found a rhythm and played well. We got back to playing our brand of volleyball.”
Lipscomb’s offense flowed as well on Saturday as it had any match this season. Four Bisons recorded double-digit kills in only three sets of action.
“When you have that kind of performance, your hitting percentage is going to be high,” Rosenthal said. “It becomes tough to stop when you are having attacks from all over the court.”
Junior outside hitter Lauren Anderson paced the pack with a career high 15 kills on 33 attacks. Her previous high of 14, also came on the road at Upstate last season.
She also added eight digs, three service aces and two blocks on her way to a match high 19 points.
“It was really good because Upstate’s block was giving me a lot of room to swing line,” Lauren Anderson said. “A lot of the times I went up, the coaches and girls on the floor were telling me where to swing. That communication was huge today.”
Sophomore middle Maddie Phillips hit a team high .611 with 11 kills and zero errors. Senior right side Chloe Rogers added 11 kills and hit .500.
The Bisons outdug the Spartans 52 to 31. That is the second most digs in a three-set match for Lipscomb this season. Last weekend they had 56 in three sets at North Florida.
“The dig numbers are great,” Rosenthal said. “We finished with 20-plus more digs than them, but what makes that so impressive is we were scoring off of them, and that becomes hard to combat against.”
With the win, Lipscomb improved to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in ASUN play. Upstate falls to 5-15 and 2-5.
“We’ve begun to hit our stride and it comes at a good time,” Rosenthal said. “We get a few days off before a big challenge against Kennesaw State, but this is exactly where we wanted to be coming into this week. We had to take a step back and look at what we were doing.”
- Lipscomb improved to 20-0 all-time against the Spartans. It was the 15th sweep of the series.
- Carlyle Nusbaum just missed her 11th double-double with 12 kills and nine digs.
- Morgan Elmore set her career high in assists for the second time this week with 49 helpers.
- Brittany Thomas and Ashley Maher present one of the strongest back lines in the ASUN. The duo scooped up 14 and 12 digs, respectively. That is a career high for Maher.
- Thomas also added to her program career record ace total with two in the win. She now has 109 as a Bison.
- Phillips led the way with five blocks, while Lauren Anderson and Elmore each added two.
- Lipscomb hit .317, .484 and .387 in the sets, compared to Upstate’s .256, .148 and .161.
Lipscomb gets a lite schedule this next week with just a lone match against Kennesaw State. The Bisons and Owls will serve it up on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena. The match will be televised on ESPN3.
“It’s been really good to get this momentum after struggling a little bit in conference,” Lauren Anderson said. “We just have to keep making adjustments and improving each time out.
“We have to take away our lessons from this week and continue to build off of them. That’s going to be huge against Kennesaw because they are a high-energy team and we really need to get that win.”