Lady Bisons win ASUN opener over North Alabama

Lady Bisons win ASUN opener over North Alabama

The Lipscomb volleyball team kicked its ASUN slate Tuesday against North Alabama, which recently joined the conference. The Lady Bisons (6-7) ended the night with a 3-0 victory over the Lions (2-8) at Allen Arena. It was North Alabama’s fifth-consecutive loss. Lipscomb also came into the opener with a three-match losing streak of their own. Despite their unfamiliarity with the Lions, the Lady Bisons quickly handled their new opponent. “They are new to the conference so we weren’t sure what to expect,” Lipscomb junior Morgan Elmore said. “But we just came out excited to start the conference season, so I think we started focused and aggressive.” Elmore started at setter for the Bisons and ended the game with 44 assists. Morgan said the team goes into each conference game wanting to make a statement, but that took on extra meaning against North Alabama. “We knew they would be out to prove something since they are new to the conference, and we have built a reputation that makes people want to beat us,” Elmore said. “It’s always good to start the conference on a win, so that made it great for us moving forward to build momentum.” The Lady Bisons breezed through the first set and beat North Alabama 25-11. After the Bisons set a fast pace in the first set, UNA came out ready to bring that same aggression in the next set. Lipscomb seemed to lose their focus as the Lions tried to tie the score. “When playing a slower paced team we have to keep playing our game on our side, which is hard to do,” Lipscomb...
Former Lipscomb soccer goalie now with Nashville SC as player, Trevecca women’s team as coach

Former Lipscomb soccer goalie now with Nashville SC as player, Trevecca women’s team as coach

An athlete like Micah Bledsoe doesn’t stop until he has gotten to where he wants to go. Once a Lipscomb goalkeeper, Bledsoe is now playing professional soccer for Nashville SC of the United Soccer League. The Ohio native never saw himself as having pro potential in high school, but after a stellar college career, he decided to take the sport as far as he could. “There was never a time when I wanted to quit,” Bledsoe said. “There were times when I didn’t know if (going pro) was going to be possible when I was done with college. I had to go to a couple of tryouts, but I knew that I wanted to pursue it as far as I could.” Bledsoe followed his family’s footsteps by walking onto a Division 1 soccer field in 2013. His two older sisters – Aubrey (Wake Forest) and Amber (Brown University) – both played goalkeeper in college. Paul Bledsoe, the father of the three goalies, taught them the sport at a young age, and the training paid off. Micah’s career at Lipscomb was filled with accomplishments. By the end of his freshman year, Micah was selected to Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team. That year he also finished second in the A-Sun and 42nd in the nation with 79 saves. Micah continued to improve throughout his four-year Lipscomb stint and finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in career wins, shutouts and save percentage. That was enough to earn help him land a contract with Louisville City FC in March 2017. At Louisville, Micah said that he saw the culture and mentality that it...
Bid night staged in unfamiliar location

Bid night staged in unfamiliar location

One of the largest events for the Lipscomb community ended with students scrambling to get to their cars and out of the rain. The event known as Bid Night is an opportunity to kick off Social Clubs each semester. Usually held in Collins Alumni Auditorium, the event this year was moved onto the intramural fields, and many students were not happy about this transition. “You couldn’t hear anyone first of all, second it started pouring,” Laura Vento said. “It went by so fast, and no one was paying attention.” Collins was occupied by an event held by the College of Entertainment and Art’s that featured “American Dad” writer Jordan Blum. This event is one that the George Shinn College brings once a year for students to experience a series of artists and professionals. The clubs sat on bleachers and brought seats and large blankets to sit and watch their fellow pledges. A few students even brought pool floaties to use as chairs. The rain held off for most of the event, and all of the clubs had an opportunity to introduce themselves. Sam Smith, dean of student life, came up front to say a prayer for the pledges and social clubs this week right before the rain started to pour. Many students said they felt that the entire ceremony was rushed because of the expectation of the storm. Other students agreed that it didn’t feel like a community focused event. “The pledges didn’t take it as seriously out there, and the atmosphere just wasn’t right,” Allie Coffey said. Tonight is just the beginning of the many events that will...
Lady Bisons fall short against Miami in Music City Invite

Lady Bisons fall short against Miami in Music City Invite

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team found themselves back at Vanderbilt for the Music City Invite on Sunday, where the Bisons played the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes. The game remained scoreless until the last 10 minutes when Miami took the 1-0 win on a goal from junior midfielder Kristina Fisher in the 82nd minute.  On Friday night, the Lady Bisons (2-1-1) played to a scoreless, double-overtime draw against Ohio before their loss against the Hurricanes (3-1) on Sunday. The contest was fairly equal and made for a match full of shot opportunities and aggressive defense. The Lady Bisons kept up with Miami’s scoring chances but couldn’t seem to get the ball into the back of the net. Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said that this wasn’t due to his team’s efforts but rather the skill of Miami’s goalkeeper and defenders. “I felt that Miam’s goalkeeper kept them in the game, while (Friday) night it was harder to get through Ohio’s back four,” O’Brien said. “The fact that we are creating chances is what I am happy about.” Locked in a scoreless tie with only 10 minutes left, Miami attempted a few shots on Lipscomb senior goalkeeper Kate Mason. On Miami’s third shot attempt, Fisher slipped the ball past Mason despite the efforts of senior defender Justis Bailey, who nearly saved it. Lipscomb continued to play with high energy despite the late score. Sophomore defender Kaitlin Echols believes that the encouragement from the sideline helped the team stay motivated after Miami’s late goal. “We have a ton of support on the sideline, and we all just picked each other up and realized that it wasn’t...