LakePoint, Ga. - Lipscomb will be making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship this year. The Bisons stand to face the No. 14 seed in the tournament, Kansas State, who will play host to the Bisons December 2nd at 8:30 ET in Manhattan, Kan.
Lipscomb ranks second in all of D-I Volleyball with 14.88 kills per set and is the ninth best team in the country when it comes to the service line, averaging 1.75 aces per set. The Bisons won their second straight ASUN Volleyball Championship last week to earn an automatic bid to this season's NCAA Championship and will enter this year's tournament on a 12 match win streak.
Lipscomb is led by hitter Carlyle Nusbaum who earned both ASUN Player of the Year and ASUN Championship MVP Honors for her performance in the 2016 campaign. The sophomore averaged a conference leading 4.56 kills per set and will be returning home as a native of Overland Park, Kan. Brittany Thomas and Chloe Rogers will also have a homecoming experience, coming from Overland Park and Stillwell respectively.
With a victory against Kansas State, the Bisons will face the winner of the Ohio State and Missouri State matchup. Missouri State enters the NCAA Championship after losing to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship finals. Ohio State is ranked 38th in the NCAA Volleyball RPI and has reached the "Sweet 16" five of 14 seasons since Head Coach Geoff Carlston took the reigns in 2003.
Lipscomb has defeated Big 12 opponents once since joining the ASUN, with its most recent victory coming against No. 22 Kansas in 2014. The last time that the Bisons competed against the Wildcats, KSU took a 3-0 decision in a 2006 regular season matchup. Texas A&M is the only Big 12 program that the Nashville squad has seen in the postseason, dropping a 3-1 decision in 2011.
Lipscomb will have a shot to reach the second round for the first time in school history and become just the third ASUN program to accomplish that feat.