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KENNESAW, Ga. - In a rematch of last year's semifinal match, No. 2 Kennesaw State took down No. 3 Lipscomb in five sets on Friday night to move to its second-straight ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship Final and third in the last four years.
Lipscomb came out swinging as they took the first set, 25-23. Megan Kuper tallied six kills in the game's opening set. She also tallied a .455 hitting percentage. Carlyle Nusbaum chipped in with five kills. Kennesaw State used a balanced attack in the first set, as six players recorded two kills.
KSU responded in the second and third sets, winning both 25-23 and 26-24. In the second, the Owls won three of the last four points to take the set. First Team All-Conference selection, Lauren Chastang came alive in the set, as she tallied six kills to lead the charge for the Owls. KSU needed extra points to take the third set. Sydni Shelton, who eclipsed the 1,000 career kill mark, registered six of her 10 kills in the third and hit .714, while Chastang was right there with five kills of her own.
Lipscomb would not go away, as they battled back from a 13-7 deficit in the fourth set to win 25-21. Nusbaum and Samantha Rubal led with five and four kills respectively. The duo also helped close out the set, as Rubal recorded a block and Nusbaum put up back-to-back kills to win the set.
In a back and forth match, it was only fitting that the fifth and final set followed suit, as neither squad built more than a two-point lead. In the end, it was the Owls who came away victorious, as they took the set 15-13.
Chastang finished the match with 21 kills, eight digs and a .277 hitting percentage, while Shelton, Quin Sutphin and Liesl Engelbrecht all recorded double-digit kills. ASUN Setter of the Year, Lexi Broadwater dished out 55 assists. Defensively, Karlee Groover and Karla Radillo recorded 16 and 10 digs and Sutphin had five blocks.
Lipscomb's Nusbaum finished with a game-high 22 kills, seven dig, six blocks and .390 hitting percentage. Her 18th kills of the match helped her move into second place on the ASUN all-time kill list, helping her pass Lipscomb alum, Alex Kelly.
Kennesaw State will now face No. 1 FGCU in the ASUN Championship Final on Saturday night at 7 PM ET.
No. 2 Kennesaw State vs. No. 3 Lipscomb Game Notes
- Kennesaw State advances to the ASUN Championship Final for the second straight season; they get a rematch from last year's final in FGCU
- Lauren Chastang's 21 kills gives her 406 on the year, which moves her into the 2nd on the KSU's single-season list
- Carlyle Nusbaum finishes her fantastic career with 1,751 kill, which ranks 2nd all-time in ASUN history
- KSU and FGCU split both meetings in the regular season, each by the score of 3-1