|October 25, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
DOBSON - 1
ROSE - 1
GREEN - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Heading down the home stretch of the 2011 season, the Lipscomb volleyball team makes the short trek up Belmont Boulevard for round two of the “Battle of the Boulevard” at Belmont on Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center.
The two squads met earlier in the month with Lipscomb (16-6, 9-0 A-Sun) taking a 3-2 thriller over the Bruins (16-8, 7-2 A-Sun) at Allen Arena.
“The second go around is sometimes more difficult than the first,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Coming off a hard week. A great week but a hard week. There’s not a whole lot that can we can put in (the gameplan). We’ve got to trust that up to this point we’ve done everything we can and really understand what our program is about.”
After hitting .313 as a team last week, the Lady Bisons continue to lead the A-Sun in hitting with a .251 mark ahead of Belmont’s .213 average. Lipscomb also leads the league in assists per set (13.13) and kills.
After hitting a blistering .426 on the week and earning A-Sun Player of the Week honors, senior middle blocker Katie Rose now sits tied atop the A-Sun in hitting with a .340 mark. Freshman teammate Jewell Dobson ranks just behind in third with a .340 average. Junior Kaycee Green continues to rank fourth in the league in kills averaging 3.62 per set.
“The end of October is where you really make your name,” said Rosenthal. “The girls are doing a fantastic job. Right now it’s about managing bodies and understanding the aches and pains. We’ve talked a little bit about the Michael Jordan “flu” game and understanding that athletes have this other level. You have to dig down deep to see what you’re all about.”
The opponent: Belmont heads into Tuesday night’s match after a 1-1 week on the heels of dropping a five-set Friday night contest to FGCU. Maggie Johnson continues to be a force for the Bruins leading the A-Sun with a five-point per set average. The veteran also leads the league in kills with a 4.61 kills-per-set mark. Jen Myer is also a forced to be reckoned with on the serve having posted 73 aces on the season, almost double that of any other player in the conference.
“Maggie Johnson, Jen Myer and Hanna Miranda are all playing well,” said Rosenthal. “Their middles have really come along as of late and are doing some real nice stuff. It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of tactical moves they make and obviously what we counter with.
“At the end of the day I think it’s going to be a hard-fought battle, exactly what you saw here (at Lipscomb). It should be a lot of fun. I imagine the atmosphere is going to be just as electric over there.”