Lipscomb volleyball falls to Kennesaw State

Lipscomb volleyball falls to Kennesaw State

Although the energy was high in Allen Arena Friday night, the volleyball team ran out of gas while battling rival Kennesaw State. The atmosphere was alive with all of Greek life there, a live DJ from the Rio Olympics and a well-known color commentator, also from the Rio Olympics. The Lady Bisons came out hot in the first match, gaining a quick 7-0 lead. They carried their momentum all the way to the end, where they defeated Kennesaw State 25-14. “We have a budding rivalry with Kennesaw. We knocked them out of championship game last year, and they are continuing to push the envelope as far as our conference goes.” said Coach Brandon Rosenthal. The second match, however, was a different story. Both teams were neck-and-neck as the lead kept changing, constantly. The Owls had the lead until senior transfer Taylor Racich took control of the net and slammed two balls down the middle of the court. Unfortunately for Lipscomb, our defense had trouble keeping the lead due to their delayed reactions to the quick Kennesaw State offense. Junior Lauren Anderson kept fighting and putting the Bisons back in the lead. A major key from this match that hurt the Lady Bisons was the struggle to control their blocking on the net and to keep the ball in bounds. Lipscomb also gave away some easy points by serving the ball out of bounds. Racich and freshman Carlyle Nusbaum came to play, slamming two balls off the block to put Lipscomb ahead 17-16. Some miscommunication hurt the Lady Bisons and caused a few balls to drop right in the middle of the...
Mens soccer claims 2-0 win over Stetson in first conference game

Mens soccer claims 2-0 win over Stetson in first conference game

Lipscomb men’s soccer (5-2, 1-0) defeated the Stetson Hatters (2-4-2, 0-1) with a score of 2-0 Wednesday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. This win extended the team’s win streak to 4-1 after wins against Belmont and SIUE last week. After the first half, neither team successfully put the ball in the back of the net. The Bisons missed several close call opportunities; one of which included a race in the 35th minute where redshirt sophomore forward Logan Paynter sprinted down the field with only one defender to beat; yet, he was tackled in the box, and no foul was called. “We needed to bring a more aggressive approach to defending and bring more energy,” coach Peter Lowry said. “The emphasis [at halftime] was having more urgency on the ball, and we won because we outworked them.” As Lipscomb emerged from halftime at a 0-0 tie, junior midfielder Eduardo Reza caught a ball on his left foot just outside the box, and in he 50th minute immediately shifted the ball to his right foot before sending the ball to the left post and giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. “We knew we needed more intensity; we were looking for a goal and it fired us up,” Reza said. In the 77th minute, redshirt senior forward and midfielder Josue Chavez played the ball back and forth with junior forward Brandon Braumuller, eventually resulting in a powerful shot to the back of the net for Chavez, his first goal of the season. “The team has been emphasizing pushing through lately,” junior Brandon Braumuller said. “We refuse to be satisfied until the full time has been called.” Possession offense and defense closed out...
Lady Bisons’ volleyball newcomers hope to aid team in ASUN championship repeat

Lady Bisons’ volleyball newcomers hope to aid team in ASUN championship repeat

Just last week, the Lady Bisons ranked 12th in the Mid-Major Poll — the highest the Bisons have placed this season; this national attention is due, in part, to some of the team’s talented newcomers. Freshman setter Morgan Elmore is one addition to the successful program. Elmore said she had many other schools going after her for a volleyball scholarship, but Lipscomb was an easy choice for her. “I love the family atmosphere of the team, how hard everybody works and the relationship between the teammates,” Elmore said. The standout from Louisville, Kentucky, is majoring in dietetics and is focused on carrying her competitive drive over to her schoolwork as well as with her athletic career. Elmore has high hopes for this season, and said it’s important to stay motivated and hungry as a team to meet their goals. “I hope that as a team we can truly come together to accomplish some great things and make it to the NCAA tournament!” Elmore said. Another newcomer added to this year’s roster is freshman Maddie Phillips. Phillips’ main contributions to this year’s team are her blocking skills and height. She had many other schools calling her as well, but said she was drawn to Lipscomb by the academics and closeness of the volleyball team. “I really like that it’s a small school and has smaller class sizes,” Phillips said. “Lipscomb is giving me a great education along with a new family on the volleyball team.” Another reason she chose to come to Lipscomb is because of the talented coaching staff. “I really like Brandon because he is always there for...
Men’s cross country team runs well, despite bad weather

Men’s cross country team runs well, despite bad weather

A one-hour lightning delay, Chick-fil-A minis and a torrential downpour welcomed the Lipscomb men’s and women’s cross country team to Vaughn’s Gap on Saturday at the Commodore Classic. The lighting delay occurred after the men’s race, which was at 9 a.m. The women were scheduled for 10:00 a.m. but had to wait until 11 a.m. to run. The inclement weather was not common to the Commodore Classic. “It’s pretty rare,” Bill Taylor, Director of Cross Country, said, “It’s only happened once since I’ve been at Lipscomb in 10 years, and it was actually the Belmont race one year, but it’s not very common for that to happen.” Taylor did not believe the weather was an excuse for either team. The men’s team performed well finishing 10th out of 23 teams, while also besting in-town rivals Belmont (12th) and Vanderbilt (18th) in the team rankings. The other in-state schools fared far better as MTSU finished in 1st, Tennessee in 8th, and Tennessee Tech in 9th. “There’s a lot of younger guys who ran their first 8K today of their lives, so that’s a factor for the guys,” Taylor noted. Freshman Brent Leber was the only Bison to finish in the top 50 and finished with a time of 25:29.7. Taylor was pleased with his performance in his first two outdoor meets. “He’s a tough kid, and he’s willing to put himself in position to give himself a chance,” Taylor said. “I think that was his first 8K cross country race, and I just like that he’s brave and that he’s willing to go out there run top of the competition.”...
X’ s and O’s from a rookie quarterback coach: winning

X’ s and O’s from a rookie quarterback coach: winning

Well, holy cow. I write this as an assistant coach of a 3-1 team. We have won three games straight and look to continue that this week as we go into Ravenwood. It’s crazy to look back at that week one loss and look at where we are now. This past Friday we beat Brentwood 41-7, and our offense is finally gelling. People are buying into what we can do, and we are in great position going into our off week. We are winning. I was thinking about the word “win” the past few days, and what it means to “win.” Winning on the field is great, but when we only spend three hours during a game, how do we win the other 21 hours during the day, off the field? The unfortunate thing about life is that it is going to hand us losses like that week one loss against Centennial. You think you have everything figured out, and then, just like that, it’s gone. You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out how or why it happened, but it did. But you know what? It’s okay to walk around and know that you lost. It really is. Sometimes a “win” doesn’t have to be some victorious ride in the sunset. Sometimes a win may not actually be a “win.” Many times a win is waking up in the morning and just doing your job. You don’t have to be okay with your circumstances, but as long as those circumstances don’t affect your day-to-day schedule, you’ve won. I know that I have not been okay with my...
Bisons tennis player works with professionals in unique opportunity this summer

Bisons tennis player works with professionals in unique opportunity this summer

This summer, Lipscomb men’s tennis player Philippe Courteau had the rare opportunity to work with some of the top women’s tennis players in the world. The junior was chosen to be a hitting partner for the players at the Rogers Cup in his home of Quebec, Canada. The Rogers Cup is one of the top tournaments for women. The players were partnered with hitting partners to begin the tournament and could request to continue hitting with them throughout their stay at the tournament. One of the players Courteau was partnered with throughout the nine days was Simona Halep. Halep is currently the fifth-ranked player in the world and would go on to win the tournament. “It was extremely nerve-wracking,” Courteau said, adding, “It was a great experience. Every time we were practicing we had six or seven hundred people there watching.” For Courteau, the experience was about more than just getting to meet and play with professional players. It was about learning from them. The next step for Courteau is taking what he learned in Canada and applying it to not only his game, but also bringing it back to campus and helping his teammates at Lipscomb. “It’s just a lot of self-confidence,” Courteau noted. “They were saying I could go pro, but we have seven other guys here playing at my level. “Just the professionalism, being very serious and dedicated to your craft — I think those are things that can help our program.” Bison head coach Mario Hernandez said that anytime a player gets an opportunity such as Courteau’s, it can make a lasting impact on the...