Owls Throw Nashville Block Party; Reach Second-Ever #ASUNVB Final

Owls Throw Nashville Block Party; Reach Second-Ever #ASUNVB Final

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 No. 1 seeded Kennesaw State toppled No. 4 Lipscomb, 3-1, to reach their second-ever ASUN Championship Final behind a program record 22.5 blocks. ASUN Setter of the Year Kristi Piedimonte posted an all-around match with three kills, 37 assists, eight digs and seven blocks, while three-time First Team All-Conference selection Anaiah Boyer added 16 kills, 20 digs and four blocks.

Kennesaw State exploded out of the gate as the Regular Season Champions won 25-18 to open the match behind five team blocks and a team-best three kills from Anaiah Boyer and Syndi Shelton. Liesl Engelbrecht contributed three blocks for the Owls as KSU held Lipscomb to .023 hitting. Lipscomb's Carlyle Nusbaum led the way with eight kills in the opener with a .130 hit percentage.

The Bisons responded in set two taking the decision 25-20 as Nusbaum continued her kill count with seven in the set; pushing her overall match total to 15. Chloe Rogers added three kills for Lipscomb as the Bisons' offense improved with a .200 hit percentage with Morgan Elmore tallying 12 assists for the second-straight set. Boyer and Shelton once again tallied three kills each for KSU at the match evened at 1-1.

KSU moved ahead 2-1 in the third with a 25-19 score as the Owls inched closer to the ASUN Final. Boyer tallied five kills in the set to push her total to 11, while Lauren Chastang registered four for the Owls. As a team, Kennesaw State hit a match-best .303 in the third and held the Bisons to .146. Maddie Phillips posted a team-best six kills in the third, while Nusbaum contributed three increasing her match total to 18.

The closest set of the match was the final one with KSU taking the fourth, 25-23. Two Owls finished with double-digit blocks with a season-best 11 from Liesel Engelbrecht and 10 by Rachel Taylor to tie her season-high. Nusbaum totaled 26 kills in the loss to go along with 11 digs, while Lauren Anderson added a match-best 21 digs and Elmore added 54 assists.

Kennesaw State advances to face the winner of No. 2 Jacksonville and No. 3 FGCU in the ASUN Championship Final on Saturday at 5 PM CT on ESPN3. The Owls are back in the championship final for the second time in three years following an appearance in 2015.

Kennesaw State vs. Lipscomb: Semifinal Notes
- Kennesaw State posted three wins against Lipscomb for the first time in program history after taking both regular season meetings.
- Lipscomb failed to reach the ASUN Championship Final for only the second time since 2007 with the previous occuring in 2012.
- Nusbaum posted her ninth 20+ kill match of the season with 26 on the night, which leads the ASUN.
- Carlyle Nusbaum increased her season kill total to 522, which ranks eighth-best in ASUN single-season history.