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BARNES - 14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A team can usually find a way to shut down one or maybe two players, but the Lipscomb volleyball team consistently has five players that have to be stopped.
In Saturday afternoon’s 3-1 win over FGCU at Allen Arena the Lady Bisons placed four players in double figures kills and two setters, who almost combined for a triple double.
“I have thought a lot about how other teams scout our team,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We had four players in double figures in kills and we hit .322. Our setters combined for eight kills so you are almost talking about five players in double figures. When you are talking about five players collectively that is a lot.
“Defensively, we are out digging teams. So you have all of the offensive numbers and all of the defensive numbers and the question becomes what the other team decides to focus on. If we give the other team too many options at some point it is going to break down.”
That is where setters Abby Fay and Caitlin “Dot” Dotson take over.
“Our setters have to understand who to set and when to set,” Rosenthal said. “The toughest thing for them is that they have to understand the game. So credit Abby and Dot.”
Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena the Lady Bisons won 25-19 in set one, lost 25-22 in set two and then rebounded to win set three 25-23 and set four 25-15. The Lady Bisons are 9-0 in the conference, 16-6 overall. Florida Gulf Coast slipped to 7-2 in the A-Sun, 13-9 overall.
The Lady Bisons have won 14 matches in a row.
After falling behind 6-1 to open the match, the Lady Bisons slowly fought back, finally taking a 14-13 lead, their first of the set. Middle blocker Katie Rose set the pace for the Lady Bisons in set one with five kills and seven digs and a .625 hitting percentage.
In the second set the Lady Bisons fell behind again. They led at 12-11 on an attack error by Florida Gulf Coast and 13-12 on a kill by Rose. But Florida Gulf Coast scored the next six points. The Lady Bisons tied the set at 21-21 on an attack error by Florida Gulf Coast and 22-22 on a kill by Charlyn Ursell.
“The mindset in between sets two and three was kind of like we had last season in the tournament against ETSU,” Rosenthal said. “I told them not to walk out of this locker room thinking we have lost. The truth of the matter was it was 0-0 at that stage and we just had to go out and do what we needed to go do.”
The Lady Bisons quickly got the advantage in set three. But with the scored tied 23-23 the Lady Bisons depended on kills by Fay and outside hitter Kaycee Green to close out the win.
In set four the Lady Bisons took a 2-1 lead and had the advantage the rest of the way.
Green made a match high 20 kills. In the last 14 matches she has been in double figures 11 times. Freshman middle blocker Jewell Dobson had 11 kills and freshman outside hitter Lauren Ford made 10.
Rose posted her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs. Fay had 28 assists and 10 digs for her fifth double-double.
Libero Stephanie Rex led the Lady Bisons with 17digs.
Fay led with a match high .545 hitting percentage while Rose finished with a .519 mark.
Outside hitter Jill Hopper and outside hitter Jessica Barnes each made 14 kills for Florida Gulf Coast.
Libero Holly Youngquist was credited with a match high 24 digs. Hopper completed the double-double by adding 10.
The Lady Bisons make the short trip down the boulevard Tuesday night to face Belmont at 6:30.
With the wins over FGCU and Stetson this weekend, Lipscomb has clinched a berth in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Lady Bisons, the
defending tournament champions, host the event Nov. 17-19 at Allen Arena.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.