|September 28, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
STRACHAN - 1
|September 29, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
GREEN - 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team looks to continue its season-high three-match winning streak this weekend as it hits the road and play Kennesaw State Friday at 4 p.m. and Mercer Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kaycee Green was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Monday as she tallied 50 kills in three matches and helped lead the Lady Bisons to a perfect 3-0 record last week. The senior had 11 total blocks, 3 solo and 8 block assists, eight digs and two assists.
With Green’s award, Lipscomb is the only team in the A-Sun to have two members to be named POTW this season as Lauren Ford was named Sept. 10.
The Lady Bisons (6-8, 3-0 A-Sun) are coming off their best performance week of the season. LU started out with a tough match win in Northern Kentucky 3-2 and then came home and defeated Jacksonville 3-0 and stormed back against North Florida 3-2, after dropping the first two sets.
Junior Caitlin Dotson recorded her 1,000th career assist in the first set against Jacksonville and had 155 last week, including a career-high 61 against North Florida. The Louisville, Ky., native has had eight matches of at least 40 assists and is second in the A-Sun with 11.14 assists per set.
Ford also had a big week as she recorded 55 kills and 26 digs. The sophomore had at least 20 kills in two of the three matches, including a career-high 22 against North Florida.
Sophomore Jewell Dobson had 49 kills throughout the week and had a team best .500 hitting percentage, including a .700 hitting percentage against Jacksonville, the second highest in school history for a player who had at least 12 kills.
With two of the three conference matches that saw the Lady Bisons in at least a 1-0 hole, Lipscomb head coach Rosenthal believes it is important to get off to a good start in each match this weekend.
“Northern Kentucky, a good team at home, played a lot better than we did in the first set,” Rosenthal said. “North Florida played well; I don’t think we came up with the right amount of plays. I don’t think in either of those matches that I was disappointed with the way we were playing, but we’ve got to play with a little more urgency to come up with plays early on to hopefully set the tone."
Kennesaw State (12-5, 2-1 A-Sun) is led by Turea Jones (194 kills), Sara Metroka (631 assists) and Camille Pedraza (257 digs).
Molly Locke (171 kills), Monica Sanchez (439 assists) and Emily Rochefort (270 digs) set the pace for Mercer (6-7, 2-1 A-Sun).
“This will be a challenging trip,” Rosenthal said. “First off is Kennesaw State, a team that always plays hard. Saturday afternoon, we take on Mercer. One of the things they do well is that they limit their errors.”
The Lady Bisons continue on the road as they head to USC Upstate Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. and ETSU Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.