Friday, October 14, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Behind yet another balanced attack, the Lipscomb volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of homestanding Jacksonville in an Atlantic Sun match at Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night.
Set one saw the contest knotted at 11 before the Lady Bisons (12-6, A-Sun 6-0) erupted for a 14-2 run to finish the first set.
“One of the things going into the match was we really wanted to put a lot of pressure on them with our serve,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “I though t we did a nice job with that. It’s hard to come out of the gate swinging sometimes and they did a nice job in the first 22 points of getting us out of rhythm. Once we made some adjustments and put a lot of pressure with them our serve we were able to pull away.”
Freshman Jewell Dobson played a big part in Lipscomb pulling away down the stretch in the first set as the newcomer made seven of her 13 kills on the night. The second set saw fellow rookie Lauren Ford power the Lipscomb offense as she blistered the Dolphins for eight of her 13 kills.
“I thought the first two sets did a good job of getting after it defensively,” said Rosenthal. “In the third set we kind of got sloppy and let off the gas a bit. On the other side, they played really good defense and created some more opportunities.”
Dobson, who posted a .765 hitting percentage in the contest, and Ford tied for the match lead with their baker’s dozen kills just ahead of senior Katie Rose, who finished the night with 12. Senior Abby Fay and sophomore Stephanie Rex led the way defensively with each notching 10 digs.
“Jewell’s speed really puts her in a good position and she has a great ability to see the court,” said Rosenthal when asked about her performance. “There’s quite a few times where the block is closed or a bad set and Jewell does a nice job of reading that and goes a different direction. Obviously the hitting percentage alone is a special thing. Jewell is really coming into her own much like Lauren Ford did a few weeks ago. She’s really finding a rhythm and understanding our style of play.”
Lipscomb posted a season-high .398 hitting percentage on the evening while holding Jacksonville to a balmy .125.
“I think things are moving well,” said Rosenthal. “We continue to pressure on teams offensively and defensively and it’s hard to handle when you throw in the tough serving and discipline part. That’s a dangerous combination.
“We’re excited to get the win but to the span we get to enjoy it is short. With a game less than 24 hours away you have to enjoy the win tonight and refocus tomorrow morning with a game plan and down to business attitude.
“I have to give credit to the girls, Sam and Jake and Regina for preparing our girls. I think our preparation during the week, whether it’s the athletic training staff or the planning in practice makes a big difference at the end of the day.”
The Lady Bisons continue road A-Sun on Saturday afternoon taking on North Florida at 2 p.m.