WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A steady and confident Bison attack helped the Lipscomb volleyball team claim its third sweep of the season Saturday afternoon inside Purdue's Holloway Gymnasium. The Bisons concluded their weekend with a three-set victory over Xavier (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) to wrap up the Stacey Clark Classic on a high note.
Lipscomb (4-4) outhit Xavier .300 to .240 with 53 kills on 50 assists.
"I thought all around, our play was really solid from start to finish," Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "We not only forced pressure on the serve, but also all around the court on defense.
"I felt as a whole, this team really took some strides. It was good to get a win and finish out the weekend."
Ca'Layci Coffey led the Bisons charge with a career-high 12 kills and an .800 hitting percentage. The senior middle blocker did not commit an error on 15 attacks. Fellow seniors Carlyle Nusbaum and Lauren Anderson added 16 and 11 kills, respectively.
Playing as the only setter this weekend, sophomore Morgan Elmore guided Lipscomb's offense with 44 assists, her second-best total of the season. The Bisons also tallied four service aces, including a pair from sophomore Megan Kuper.
In the back court, sophomore libero Ashley Maher recorded a team-best 14 digs, while Nusbaum added 11. Overall, the Bisons out dug the Musketeers 48-44.
"I think one person who might not have received enough credit this weekend was Ashley," Rosenthal said. "She was really, really solid all tournament long and put up great numbers."
Lipscomb and Xavier battled back and forth until the Bisons mounted a 3-0 run behind back-to-back kills from Coffey to put them up 15-12. Nusbaum and Kuper put Lipscomb at set point 24-17 after capping a four-point run with a pair of kills. Xavier trimmed the lead to three, but a service error from the Musketeers sealed the opening-set victory for the Purple and Gold.
Coffey hammered six kills while helping the Bisons to a .359 swinging percentage in the first frame.
Set two saw Lipscomb take an early 7-3 lead on a block from Anderson and Coffey. Following a run from Xavier that evened the score at 10, the Bisons ironed out a 7-2 run and eventually built its largest lead of the stanza at 23-17 off the swing of Kuper. A few points later, Elmore sent the Bisons into the break up 2-0 following a service ace.
Like the first two sets, Lipscomb used a pair of early runs to build a four-point lead, 11-7. Anderson came up big in the final set with three of the Bisons final six kills. Up 24-18, Xavier put together a 4-0 to force a timeout from Rosenthal. Coffey ended things on the next possession with her 12th kill of the match.
"What Ca'Layci did was pretty special," Rosenthal said. "When she got a couple of early kills it was clear she was seeing the ball well. Because of that, it opened up play for everyone else.
"She has worked extremely hard on her game the last three years, and also on being a leader. It's fun to see her reap the benefits."
- The seven blocks were a weekend high for the Bisons and the most since getting 10 against San Diego State last weekend.
- Lipscomb hit its season high on receiving percentage at .984 after making just on error on 61 serves.
- Saturday marks the third time this season the Bisons have eclipsed 50 assists in a match (57 vs. Louisville, 61 vs. Iowa).
- The .300 hitting is best clip since hitting .330 against SMU in the season opener.
- Anderson hit double digits in kills for the third time in her last four matches. She also matched a season best hitting percentage at .400.
- Maher led team with 14 digs. It's her fourth-straight match with 10 or more.
- Elmore matched her season high with six digs.
- Nusbaum has now hit at least 16 kills in four matches this season, while recording double figures in all eight.
- Nusbaum got her third double-double of the year with 16 kills and 11 digs.
- Maddie Phillips matched her season high with four blocks, the third time she's done that.
The Bisons return home to Allen Arena for a quick midweek match on Tuesday when they host Belmont in the Battle of the Boulevard. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. in a match that will be televised on ESPN+.
"We've got a short ride home that will be a lot of fun after winning, but we now we have to get ready for Belmont," Rosenthal said. "It's always exciting when we get the chance to play our rival. Our girls will be ready to go and I have no doubt that our students and fans will be out to support us.
"We are ready to be back home and playing in front of our crowd."
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