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9/11/2011 | Notre Dame, Ind. | Attendance: 606
Sunday, September 11, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Powered by another stellar performance by senior middle blocker Katie Rose, the Lipscomb volleyball team battled to a 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-10) win over Portland in the “Golden Dome Invitational” at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.
“I thought as far as wins go, this really solidified what we tried to do this weekend,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “I’m proud of the team to be able to finish against tough teams this weekend. I love to see what we did against another quality opponent. After three weekends, we’re starting to put things together.”
For the second straight day, junior outside hitter Kaycee Green led Lipscomb with a match-high 18 kills and was joined in double figures by Jewell Dobson with 11 and Lauren Ford, who finished with 10. Abby Fay turned in another solid performance with a career-high 54 assists en route to joining Rose on the All-Tournament team.
“A lot can be said about this win and when it comes. At one point today we had four freshmen on the floor and that bodes well for this program and what we’re doing.”
Having fought back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the contest with a win in the fourth set, the Lady Bisons rattled off the first six points of the deciding set with Dotson at the serve and cruised to the 15-10 finish.
Sunday’s match was the first-ever meeting between Lipscomb and Portland and marked the first five-set win of the season for the Lady Bisons. Lipscomb held a slight advantage in the hitting battle .164 to .148.
The Lady Bisons get little rest after the rugged schedule this weekend hosting Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.