NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Stephanie Rex reached the 1,000th career dig milestone as the Lipscomb volleyball team swept Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Northern Kentucky 3-0 in Allen Arena on Tuesday.
The junior libero led the team with 14 digs to get exactly 1,000. She is the fifth player in school history to hit the milestone.
“That’s awesome,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It will be fun to celebrate that and recognize that. She’s been a tremendous player, and really in the second half of the season, has played some great volleyball.”
In the first set, the Lady Bisons were up by one, 4-3, but LU outscored NKU 11-6. The Lady Bisons never looked back on the way to win the set 25-18.
The Lady Bisons got off to a hot start scoring the first three points in the second set. LU won the set 25-18.
NKU had its first lead of the match in the third set. The Norse were up 10-7, but the Lady Bisons outscored NKU 7-1 to take the lead. LU went on to win the set 25-22.
“I was really impressed with our girls with the execution of our game plan,” Rosenthal said. “We wanted them to be aggressive with them and I thought we did a nice job setting the tone and really carrying that through all three sets.”
Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle’s 15 kills were a career-high and a match-high. Her previous high was 10 against Austin Peay on Sept. 4. The freshman has 24 kills in her last two matches.
“Molly is one of those players that we knew was going to be a special player,” Rosenthal said. “This is a little slice of what’s to come.”
Outside hitter Kaycee Green added 13 kills, while middle blocker Jewell Dobson had nine kills.
Setter Caitlin Dotson recorded her 10th double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career. She had 40 assists, 11 digs and 5 kills, one shy of her career-high.
“We wanted her to be aggressive,” Rosenthal said. “We thought if we could add her as an attacker we could keep them off our middles.”
This was the first time NKU had been swept this season.
“Northern Kentucky is a great team,” Rosenthal said. “One of the biggest things they have going with for them is their will to win and the fight in them. That’s hard to go against.”
Haley Lippert with 12 kills and Kelly Morrissey with 11 kills and 10 digs led Northern Kentucky. Jenna Schreiver had 24 assists.
The Lady Bisons are 15-10, 12-2 in the A-Sun, while NKU drops to 21-7, 8-6.
The Lady Bisons finish the homestand this weekend against Kennesaw State Friday night at 6:30 and Mercer Saturday at 2 p.m.
KSU’s match will be senior day for Green. Green has earned A-Sun Player of the Week twice this season and had her 1,000th career kill earlier in the season against Appalachian State Aug. 31.
The Lady Bisons have a perfect record against KSU, 10-0. LU defeated the Owls in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) sweep in Kennesaw Ga., Sept. 18.
LU has a 13-5 record against Mercer and has won eight consecutive matches. The Lady Bisons also defeated the Bears 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23) in Macon, Ga., Sept. 19.