NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb University has signed a pair of prep volleyball standouts to national letters of intent Lady Bison’s head coach Brandon Rosenthal announced on Wednesday.
Signing with Lipscomb are middle blocker Molly Spitznagle from Lafayette, Ind., and outside hitter Brittnay Estes from Palm Harbor, Fla. The duo will be freshmen on the 2012 Lipscomb volleyball squad.
“Samantha Sullivan, Jake Pease and I have worked extremely hard to find the type of players that will continue assist us in being successful in the Atlantic Sun and on the national stage,” said Rosenthal. “We put a ton of emphasis on not only finding good players but also people that want to work hard on and off the court and we feel both Molly and Brittnay both fit that bill, exactly. Over the years we have always given our incoming freshmen the chance to play a significant role in our upcoming season and I have no doubt that these two will carry on that tradition.”
Recently named an Indiana first-team all-state selection, Spitznagle led Harrison High School to three sectional championships in four seasons. She was honored for her play with the Raiders and her Circle City club team by being named a “Senior Ace” by PrepVolleyball.com as well as earning a “National Most Improved Award” by the organization.
“We are very excited about the addition of Molly,” said Rosenthal. “Over the past year it has been apparent that Molly continues to grow and excel on the court. She brings a tremendous amount of athletic ability and will continue our tradition of athletic middles.
“Her work ethic, desire to win and play at the highest level is exactly what we are looking for. Molly's ability to get off the floor quick and terminate balls is very important to her development at the collegiate level. She has had tremendous coaching over the years both in high school and club, so her volleyball IQ is very high. We are very excited to get her in our gym next fall and begin to work with her.”
A key part of the East Lake High school powerhouse program, which is 17-1 and looking to repeat as state champions, Estes heads to Nashville next fall after being named all-region and all-district in each of the past three seasons.
“It will be hard to find someone that plays with more passion than Brittnay,” said Rosenthal. “With a very powerful arm and huge leaper she continues to wow fans as she plays with so much energy on every play. It is easy to see why she has been so successful at the high school and club level whether it be practice or matches Brittnay is always ready to go.
“After continuing to watch Brittnay throughout the club season last year I kept being drawn back to the same thing, her work ethic. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen over my years of coaching. The way she approaches the game, makes her a natural leader and a player that her teammates enjoy playing with. She too has been very successful in high school and club and that experience will pay immediate dividends as she enters college.”
Lipscomb wraps up Atlantic Sun play this weekend at ETSU on Friday and USC Upstate on Saturday before returning home to host the A-Sun Volleyball Championship Nov. 17-19 at Allen Arena.