KENNESAW, Ga. - No. 3 Lipscomb downed No. 6 North Florida in first round action of the 2018 ASUN Volleyball Championship. The Bisons took the match in four sets to advance to their 14th consecutive semifinal. Lipscomb now gets host and No. 2 seed Kennesaw State on Friday night at 7:30 PM ET.
North Florida came out of the gate swinging, as they took the first set from the Bisons. UNF closed out the set on a 5-0 run to secure the 1-0 lead. Emma Dixon and Solimar Cestero notched three kills a piece in the first set.
Lipscomb wouldn't stay down for long, as they roared back to take the next three sets and the match. The Bisons took the second set 25-22. Ca'Layci Coffey tallied three kills in the set, while Carlyle Nusbaum chipped in with a pair.
The third set went back-and-forth before Coffey untied the score at 19-18. That was the turning point of the set, as Lipscomb won five of the next seven points. Lipscomb closed out the Ospreys in the fourth set, as they jumped out to a 10-6 lead. Lipscomb's lead would only grow from there, as they took the final set 25-18.
Nusbaum led the charge for the Bisons with 16 kills and 13 digs. Kuper finished with 14 kills and six digs, while Morgan Elmore notched a double-double of 30 assists and 10 digs. Marcella Emmanuelli dished out 21 assists of her own in the win.
Lipscomb now gets a rematch of last year's semifinal, as they take on Kennesaw State on Friday night at 7:30 PM ET.
No. 3 Lipscomb vs. No. 6 North Florida Game Notes
- Lipscomb moves on to its 14th consecutive semifinal and 21-7 all-time at the ASUN Championship
- With 16 kills, Nusbaum is just 18 kills away from sole possession of second place on the ASUN all-time kills list
- Madilyn McCarty finishes her collegiate career with 3,517 assists (2,255 at UNF, 1,229 at Winthrop)
- The Bisons look to advance to the ASUN Championship Final for the first time since 2016 and for the fifth time in six seasons