Lipscomb Volleyball completes home sweep against newcomer Bellarmine

Lipscomb Volleyball completes home sweep against newcomer Bellarmine

After splitting midweek games with UNA on Monday and Tuesday, the Lady Bisons came into Allen Arena Friday night ready to defend their home court, and they did just that completing two 3-0 sweeps on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night, the Knights got the first point and kept the first set close exchanging a couple of leads with the Bisons before ultimately falling 25-20. In sets two and three, Lipscomb took control of the match, winning each set by nearly 10 points. Senior outside hitter Megan Kuper led the way in kills for the Bisons finishing the night with 14 kills and a block. Helping out Kuper was freshman Kamryn Bacus, who added 12 kills to the total for the night. Defensively, senior libero Alyssa Zwolensky had a season-high 26 digs. Bellarmine relied on senior middle blocker Izzie Salameh who tallied 8 kills for the Knights. However, Bellarmine was without their star sophomore Hannah Brown who has averaged 2.45 kills/set for the Knights, as she went down with an injury in the first set. On her shortened evening, Brown had 3 kills. Saturday evening was much the same story for both sides as Lipscomb completed the second sweep of the weekend. Bacus continued her hot streak adding 14 kills and two service aces to her Friday night total, but another new star emerged for the Bisons as middle blocker and fellow freshman Meg Mersman finished with 11 kills, a 0.625 attack percentage, and three blocks. For the Knights, they came out much more aggressive Saturday night and capitalized on an off-night from the senior Kuper as well as...
Baseball drops season opener against Creighton 11-4

Baseball drops season opener against Creighton 11-4

In their 2021 home opener, the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team fell to Creighton 11-4, as the Blue Jays scored four home runs. Debuting their brand new cream uniforms, the Bisons came into the afternoon with a 2-1 record after beating Murray State twice on Monday and falling to Memphis on Tuesday afternoon in Hoover, AL. Junior pitcher Noah Thompson got his first start for the Bisons in nearly two years after missing the shortened 2020 campaign with a foot injury. In his three innings of work, Thompson allowed four hits and five runs off of a sacrifice fly and two home runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Meanwhile, the Bisons could get nothing going offensively as it was nine batters up and nine batters out in the first three innings behind expert pitching from sophomore pitcher Dylan Tebrake. In the fourth inning, the Bisons tried to close the scoring gap behind an offensive surge from senior outfielder Carter Smith and junior infielder Malik Williams that brought three runs home for Lipscomb, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of the Blue Jays.  However, this two-run deficit would be as close as the Bisons would get for the rest of the afternoon. Several Bisons pitchers came in in relief, but none could manage to stop the bleeding as Creighton continued to add on runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings. Senior infielder Dax Roper led the way for the Blue Jays tallying two hits and two runs on the afternoon including a home run in the eighth. For the Bisons, Williams finished the afternoon 3-4 from the...
Bison Baseball patiently awaits their season debut

Bison Baseball patiently awaits their season debut

After starting their 2020 season with the best 6-0 start in the program’s division one history, COVID-19 brought the promising season to an abrupt halt just 16 games in. Now one year later, after so much anticipation for a Friday season debut, winter weather has further extended the unusually long offseason. Despite the delays, Lipscomb has retained the majority of their roster as well as adding a few new key additions, and the hopes of an ASUN championship are just as high. “I feel like our team is better talent-wise, but so is every other team in the country,” said head coach Jeff Forehand. “Everybody is playing with five classes and a shortened Major League Baseball draft and shortened number of rounds, so there are a lot of players playing college baseball that should be playing professional baseball now. Also, the addition of some older transfer guys is obviously going to make our team better, but the same type of guys have transferred to other teams as well. So college baseball across the board is going to be so much better and so much more improved. For us and our team, we are excited of where we are right now and just looking forward to getting back out there as soon as this snow melts off.” For the Bisons, it all starts and ends with preseason ASUN player of the year senior infielder Haddon Adams. Adams is one of the three seniors who elected to take the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, joining fellow senior infielders David Graves and Brian Jones.  “It’s hard to answer with...
Lipscomb community saddened by loss of student Patrice Boyd

Lipscomb community saddened by loss of student Patrice Boyd

Patrice Boyd was a graduate student here at Lipscomb that tragically passed away on Feb. 4. The cause of her death is unknown.  Boyd was a student of the Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education as well as a member of the second cohort of the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance.  She both taught English and coached the girls’ basketball team at Haywood County High School in Brownsville, TN.  President Lowry shared this unfortunate news with Lipscomb students in an email on Feb. 8.  Lowry spoke with one of Boyd’s professors and noted, “Patrice cared deeply about her students at Haywood County High School and her commitment to her graduate studies at Lipscomb and was recognized for her talents as a teacher, school leader and coach.”  Through a Facebook post, the City of Brownsville said, “[Boyd] was a beloved community leader, educator, coach, mentor, and so much more. Her energy, heart, and compassion for the children and families of this community were unparalleled. May our community forever reap the seeds of her labor.”  “In the near future there will be an opportunity for the Lipscomb community to honor Patrice and her family on campus, and we will share more information as plans are finalized,” said Lowry.  Obviously adored by many, the loss of Patrice Boyd has been felt throughout the Lipscomb community and the city of...
Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Lipscomb came off of a split last weekend with UNF and looked poised to bounce back against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, but the Bisons were unable to stop the Eagles who outplayed Lipscomb in the second half and won by a score of 79-69. With an 11-0 run to start off the game for Lipscomb, things looked optimistic in the first half. However, from there, FGCU went on a 19-4 scoring run that had them up midway through the first half by four.  The Bisons managed to claw their way back towards the end of the half with a three-pointer from sophomore guard KJ Johnson, free throws from senior guard Romeao Ferguson and hustle plays from senior forward Parker Hazen. With the late surge in the first half, Lipscomb found themselves ahead 36-32 going into the halftime break. With a fairly even first half from the conference foes, the question was who would pull ahead in the second half. As Lipscomb has been struggling to hold leads in recent matchups, the Bisons were hoping to break the trend with some reliable defense for the second half. Out of the gates, things were neck and neck. Both teams battled for the lead, but once the Eagles took the lead with 12:36 in the second half, they wouldn’t look back.  Lipscomb tried to hold on, closing the lead back to three with six minutes remaining in the contest, but then with back-to-back 3’s from FGCU, the game became out of reach for the Bisons. The Bisons had no answer for the 47 point explosion in the second half from FGCU,...
Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Lipscomb Health Science students and faculty were moved up in line for the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes students in nursing, pharmacy and dietetics, according to Katie Watson, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. “Several of our faculty and students have already started their vaccine series and a couple have already gotten their second one…we’re so thankful,” said Watson, who has seen the virus’ impact firsthand. “When we announced that we were seeing COVID patients, it was like the floodgates opened,” said Watson, who works at the Vanderbilt Walgreens clinic. “There was still so much uncertainty. Was it spread airborne? Do we need to wear an N95 mask versus a regular surgical mask? Do we need gown and gloves?” Watson received her vaccine in December, since she’s a member of the Vanderbilt healthcare community. “I will just say how I felt was ‘Wow’, I felt so honored and humbled on how privileged I am for the blessing to be able to be vaccinated.” As vaccines continue to rollout, concerns have popped up over their safety considering the fast turnaround. “I understand the worry of something new…but the government gave these drug companies unlimited funding in order to get this done and that is why it was able to be done so quickly,” Watson said. “So, I say, look at the facts. Check the CDC. Talk to your health professional or the Lipscomb Health Clinic, somebody who is knowledgeable in the medical field versus someone who has probably just read something on Google.” Ashley Newby, a junior nursing student at Lipscomb has also received the COVID vaccine for her...