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Lady Bisons honored with postseason accolades

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Five Lady Bisons were named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team, announced by the conference Tuesday. 

Four Lady Bisons were named to the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team-Caitlin Dotson, Kaycee Green, Lauren Ford and Jewell Dobson.

“It’s a great representation of this program that we got four of the seven members on the All-Conference Second Team,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said.  “It’s a credit to them and what they continue to do.”

Dotson leads the conference and is 12th in the NCAA with 11.62 assists per set and had 1,162 assists.  The Lousiville, Ky., native also led the conference by almost an assist per set with 12.05 in conference play. 

Dotson is second on the team with 274 digs, 2.74 digs per set and added 57 kills, 19 service aces and nine total blocks.

Dotson has had 12 double-doubles this season and has 25 in her career.  Dotson was named the A-Sun (10/8) and Tennessee Sports Writers Association (10/9) Player of the Week.

Ford is second on the team with 375 kills and 3.75 kills per set, which ranks third in the A-Sun.

The Lenexa, Kan., native is also third in the conference with 3.78 kills per set in conference play and had 242 conference kills.

The sophomore outside hitter is third on the team with 255 digs, a 2.55 digs per set and is tied for second on the team with 25 service aces, a 0.25 service aces per set, which ranks 10th in the A-Sun.  Ford came on strong in the A-Sun schedule with 17 service aces, a 0.27 service aces per set, which ranks eighth in the A-Sun.

Ford was named the A-Sun (9/10) and TSWA (9/11) Player of the Week and was also named the TSWA Player of the Week Nov. 6.

Green led the team with 393 kills and 3.93 kills per set, which is second in the A-Sun.  Green has 272 conference kills and a 4.25 kills per set, which ranks first in the A-Sun.

The lone senior on the team, Green was named the A-Sun Player of the Week in consecutive weeks Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, the first A-Sun player to do so since 2009.   Green was also named the TSWA Player of the Week for volleyball Oct. 30.

“This is something that Kaycee’s worked hard for,” Rosenthal said.  “She continues to put herself out there as a team leader.  It’s exciting to see her, in her last season, be recognized for her hard work.”

The Cookeville, Tenn., native is tied for the team lead with 51 total blocks and leads the team with 14 blocks solo.  Green is third on the team with 37 block assists.  The outside hitter added seven assists and 61 digs and led the team with 425.5 points, 42.6 points per set during the season.

Dobson leads the team with a .331 hitting percentage, which ranks third in the conference.  The middle blocker is second in the conference with a .362 hitting percentage in conference play.

The sophomore is third on the team with 345 kills and a 3.45 kills per set, which ranks fourth in the conference.  Dobson also ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 3.69 kills per set and has 236 conference kills. 

The Shepherdsville, Ky., native is tied for the team lead with 51 total blocks and is second on the team with 12 blocks solo and 39 block assists.

Dobson has added 12 assists, 15 service aces and 64 digs during the season.

Molly Spitznagle was named on the All-A Sun Freshman Team.  Spitznagle had 119 kills in 67 sets and had a hitting percentage .253.

The Lafayette, Ind., native led the team with 40 block assists and with 0.70 blocks per set.  Spitznagle was third on the team with 47 total blocks and fourth on the team with seven blocks solo. 

“Molly is a tremendous player,” Rosenthal said.  “The thing that Molly brings to the table is this explosive power.  As she incorporates that with the speed that we play with, it’s going to be really tough to stop her for years to come.”

The middle blocker had a career-high 15 kills against Northern Kentucky Oct. 30 and has had 44 kills in her last five matches. 

As a team, the Lady Bisons lead the A-Sun in RPI rating (96th in the NCAA), assists per set (13.42) and kills per set (14.48).  LU leads the A-Sun in conference play in assists per set (13.89), kills per set (15.03) and is second in hitting percentage with .254, .001 behind Florida Gulf Coast.

Up next for the Lady Bisons is the A-Sun tournament held in Allen Arena from Nov. 15-17.  The Lady Bisons and FGCU have clinched a bye in the semifinal round.    LU plays the winner of No. 3 ETSU and No.6 Mercer Friday at 5 p.m.