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USC Upstate (1-12, 1-3 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (9-5, 3-1 A-Sun)
10/4/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 316
Friday, October 04, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball record book has a few revisions.
In Friday night’s 3-0 Atlantic Sun Conference win over USC Upstate the Lady Bisons tied or set new highs for a three-set match individually and as a team. The Lady Bisons won set one 25-15, set two 25-18 and set 3 25-22. Upstate slipped to 1-12 overall, 1-3 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons set a new high for kills in a three-set match with 62, breaking the old mark of 60 against Gardner-Webb Oct. 15, 2006. They also set a new team record for assists with 60. They had 57 in that same match with Gardner-Webb.
“Sixty-two kills in a three-set match is not easy to do,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We had 33 more kills than the other team.”
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson’s 20 kills ties Alex Kelly for the all-time kills total for a three-set match. Ironically, Kelly set her record against USC Upstate on the road Nov. 7, 2009. Dobson set a torrid pace in the first set with 10 kills and a .909 hitting percentage. She finished with a match high .679 hitting percentage, also her season high.
It was the 10th time this season that Dobson has recorded a match high in kills. She has also tied for the match high once.
“There is not a whole lot more to say about what Jewell is doing,” Rosenthal said. “We are really just starting to get glimpses of things she is going to do this season and next year.
“This is the type of player I saw when we recruited her. I knew she was a game-changer.”
Rosenthal credits Dobson’s increased understanding of the game and what is expected of her.
“The numbers she is getting are pretty impressive,” Rosenthal said. “She is taking what is given to her and doing something with it more so than just hitting the ball hard.
“There are a couple of plays she made against Upstate that she didn’t make two years ago or even last year. That is what I like – her growth and development. There is no doubt that Jewell is going to be that player that makes us go and makes the offense what it is because we are able to spread the floor.”
Setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson made 48 assists, setting a new career high for a three-set match. She recorded 47 assists against ETSU Oct. 26, 2012 in three sets. She moves into sole possession of third place in the Lady Bisons record book for assists in a three-set match.
“Dot set a fantastic match,” Rosenthal said.
There were also some new career highs set. Right side Brittnay Estes made nine kills and made only one error in 16 attacks. She posted a career high .500 hitting percentage.
“Brittnay brings energy and fire to the court,” Rosenthal said. “For her it is a matter of controlling it.
“We try to tell her it doesn’t have to always be a straight down kill. We have been working hard with her and I give her a lot of credit.”
Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman was credited with 13 digs, a team high for the Purple and Gold. She barely missed a double-double with nine kills. Setter Kayla Ostrom made 11 digs, a career high. Defensive specialist Stephanie Rex also made 11 digs and libero Bri McCombs added 10.
Outside hitter Lauren Ford connected for 17 kills for the Lady Bisons.
Upstate’s Kayla Eversgerd made a match-high 15 digs.
Several players came off the bench for significant playing time for the Purple and Gold including middle blocker Katie Bradley, right side Jordan Huston and outside hitter Maggie Allen.
“It was fun to watch the team as we brought in new players,” Rosenthal said. “Those players work so hard day-in and day-out in practice. It was great they got the opportunity.
“Katie Bradley had a big block. That is going to be one of those things she does well over the next three-and-a-half years.”
The Lady Bisons are 9-5 overall, 3-1 in the A-Sun. They are back at Allen Arena Saturday afternoon at 2 to face ETSU, 10-6, 4-0 in the conference. ETSU beat North Kentucky 3-1 Friday night.
The last time the two teams met was in the Atlantic Sun Tournament last season. The Lady Bisons fell 3-1.
“It is no secret that the two teams know each other extremely well,” Rosenthal said. “ETSU’s team is almost identical to last year. There isn’t a lot of love lost between the two. We are going to have to get after them. The most aggressive team is going to win the match.
“ETSU has been playing great volleyball. It is going to be a tough match. We want a challenge. We are still without Molly Spitznagle but we aren’t worried. We will come prepared and ready to go.”