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Stetson (4-22, 0-9 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (11-9, 8-1 A-Sun)
10/13/2012 | Allen Arena | Attendance: 0
Saturday, October 13, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Lipscomb volleyball team set a school record in hitting percentage in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-14) win over Stetson Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena to improve its Atlantic Sun Conference record to 8-1.
The Lady Bisons had a hitting percentage of .489 with 50 kills, six errors and 90 attacks. The previous best was a .421 hitting percentage against Evansville on Sept. 29, 2009 (54 kills-9 errors-107 attacks).
“As we look down at the sets, in the first set we only had one (error) and the second set we had five hitting errors,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “The second set, I wish we would have pushed a little harder all the way through, but ultimately we got the win out of that. The third set we did a great job. We had zero hitting errors.
“It doesn’t matter who we are playing. One of our goals is to limit our hitting errors and I thought we did a great job of that today.”
Five Lady Bisons had a hitting percentage of at least .300. Sophomore Sophie Kellerman connected on her only attempt giving her a 1.000 hitting percentage. Sophomore Jewell Dobson committed zero errors and had 14 kills on 22 attempts giving her a hitting percentage of .636, which ranks fourth all-time at Lipscomb for a player with at least 12 kills in a match.
Kaycee Green had 16 kills on two errors in 27 attacks (.519). Freshman Brittnay Estes had a .500 hitting percentage (4-1-6), sophomore Lauren Ford had a .435 hitting percentage (11-1-23) and freshman Rachel Reed had a hitting percentage of .333 (1-0-3).
Reed had her first career kill in the first set and added a career-high 13 assists.
“Rachel has worked extremely hard in practice,” Rosenthal said. “It was fun to watch her do her thing.”
In the first set, the Lady Bisons were up by two points, 8-6. LU then went on a 10-3 run on the way to the win.
Stetson grabbed an early lead in the second set and was up by three points, 10-7. However, the Lady Bisons went on a 13-5 run to take the lead and the win.
The third set was tied at nine. The Lady Bisons scored the next 11 points and won the set and the match.
The Lady Bisons bounced back from their only conference loss, 3-0 on Friday night against Florida Gulf Coast in Allen Arena.
“I thought it was good from our team stand point to come back and really come out with a little fire in them and with something to prove today,” Rosenthal said. “Today was a great opportunity for us to put yesterday’s loss in the past and move forward. I thought we did a nice job of that.”
The Lady Bisons finished their first half of the A-Sun schedule with an 8-1 conference record, 11-9 overall, including a seven-match winning streak that ended with the loss to the Eagles.
“I’m impressed and pretty pleased with the girls as far as the first half of our conference season,” Rosenthal said. “Eight-and-one is not something to shake your head at. It’s something to be proud of. This is all part of the process of getting to the tournament and hopefully getting that bye in the first round.”
Stetson falls to 4-22, 0-9 in the A-Sun.
The second half starts this weekend as the Lady Bisons head back on the road against North Florida on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and Jacksonville on Saturday at 4 p.m.
LU defeated the Ospreys earlier this season in a dramatic comeback win in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22. The Lady Bisons found themselves in a 2-0 hole, but won the last three sets to win the match, 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-18, 15-10).
The Lady Bisons also defeated the Dolphins in Allen Arena 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-17) on Friday night, Sept. 21.
“We’ve got to realize that every time we go out, we definitely are going to have a challenge match and we have to rise to the occasion every time,” Rosenthal said. “We’ve got to continue to do what we didn’t do Friday night, which is to find ways to score, especially when things aren’t going our way.”