NASHVILLE (lipscombsports.com) – The Lipscomb volleyball team once again reigned supreme on the Boulevard after defeating Belmont 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-23) Tuesday night in the Curb Event Center.
The Bisons have now won nine-straight matches against the Bruins and have not lost in the series since 2011.
Four Bisons reached double-digit kills, including three who set or matched career-highs, and the team recorded a season-best 12 blocks and 50 digs.
Junior Caroline Stogner (14) and freshman Jada DiVita (12) picked up career highs, while sophomore Addi Pelham matched her career best with 14. Junior Meg Mersman earned 10 kills and blocked a team-high six balls from her middle position.
Junior Delaney Smith dug 17 balls and Ashleigh Albert set a career high with 29 assists.
Set 1 Quick Hits (22-25)
- Lipscomb led for just one point in the frame and ended up falling behind 9-3 after a lengthy delay kept the teams on the sideline early on.
- Three straight kills from Stogner and Pelham pulled the Bisons back to within three at 9-6.
Trailing 21-17, Lipscomb went on a 4-0 run to tie the match up after Pelham recorded a kill and Sophia Hudepohl put down a pair of aces.
- The Bruins would go on to win 25-22 after outhitting the Bisons .367 to .139.
- Pelham hit .429 with a team-high four kills in the set, while Stogner and DiVita each added three.
- Lipscomb served up three aces and was credited with 12 assists on 13 kills.
Set 2 Quick Hits (25-17)
- Lipscomb flipped the script on Belmont in the second set and torched the Bruins from the beginning.
- A 5-0 run with kills from Mersman, Stogner and Pelham and an ace from Connelly Renfrow, put the Bisons in front 12-6.
- After trading points over the next few minutes, Lipscomb won the final three to get the 25-17 set victory and even the match at 1-1.
- The Bisons torched the Bruins .312 to .000 on the attack and recorded four blocks in the frame.
- Mersman led the team with four kills, while former Bruin Kailee Bass blocked three balls against her former squad.
Set 3 Quick Hits (25-14)
- The third frame saw a tight battle midway through, with Belmont leading 12-11 after a kill from Lauren Walsh.
- From that point on, however, it was all purple and gold as the Bisons closed the set on a 14-2 run.
- Albert closed a 5-0 run with her only ace of the night, while the Bisons blocked three more balls and got kills from five different players down the stretch.
- Pelham blasted Belmont with six kills on seven errorless swings for a .857 hitting percentage, and she blocked two balls.
- DiVita swung .600 with four kills, while Albert added 10 helpers.
- The Bisons outhit the Bruins .419 to .042 while recording 17 kills to Belmont's six.
Set 4 Quick Hits (25-23)
- The fourth and final frame would end up being the tightest game of the night with 11 ties and seven lead changes.
- Belmont jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held that advantage until a kill from Stogner evened the score at 7-7. Neither team would lead by more than two points the rest of the way home.
- Tied at 23, Stogner and freshman Courtney Jones landed back-to-back swings to give Lipscomb a 3-1 victory.
- Stogner led the team with five kills (.500).
- The Bisons had 14 assists on 15 kills and swung .263 in the frame with four more blocks.
- The Bisons outhit the Bruins .277 to .200 and had 58 kills and 20 errors in 137 attacks.
- The four players with double figure kills marked a season high for Lipscomb.
- Hudepohl had 17 assists, seven digs and a pair of aces.
- Three other players joined Hudepohl with two aces – Mersman, Smith and Renfrow – matching a season high 10 aces for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb has now won 15 of the last 16 against Belmont.
- Four Bisons had at least four blocks, led by Mersman's six. Pelham, Stogner and Bass each had four.
Lipscomb is back in action Friday at 11 a.m. for the first match of the LUV Invite. The Bisons will host six matches over two days in Allen, while they will play Mississippi State, Ball State and Oklahoma.
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