Thursday, November 03, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team wraps up the 2011 regular season home slate on Friday hosting Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State for “Senior Night” at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons (16-8, 9-1) will take a few moments prior to the contest against the Owls (12-13, 7-3 A-Sun) to honor seniors Abby Fay, Katie Rose and Charlyn Ursell.
“This is always kind of a bittersweet time where we get to recognize our seniors,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “We’ve got three wonderful seniors and tomorrow night will be a special night. “
A win for the conference-leading Lady Bisons would clinch an opening-round bye in the A-Sun Volleyball Championship held Nov. 17-19 on campus at Allen Arena. Lipscomb continues to pace the conference in a number of categories including hitting percentage (.245), assists (13.02/set) and kills (14.07/set).
Individually, Rose, who notched her 1,000th career dig against Tennessee State on Tuesday night, is tied for the A-Sun lead in hitting percentage with a .346 mark. Freshman Jewell Dobson ranks just behind in third with a .308 mark. Junior Kaycee Green ranks in the top five in kills averaging 3.56 per set just ahead of Rose in sixth with a 3.20 average.
The opponent: Kennesaw State – The Owls head to the “Music City” having won seven of their last eight since Lipscomb handed KSU a 3-0 loss on their home floor on Sept. 24. Justine Young leads the way offensively for Kennesaw State notching 3.87 kills per set a number that ranks third-best in the league. Alyssa Lang and Camille Pedraza are the defensive stalwarts for the Owls with both averaging more than three digs per set.
“The match is going to be a tough match,” said Rosenthal. “Kennesaw is playing well and they always come with this energy and this spirit to the game. I think a lot of that stems from Karen (Weatherington), their coach. It’s neat to see they truly love playing for her and they’re a fun team to watch. “
The game: As part of “Senior Night” any Lipscomb student who dresses like a “senior” will receive a coupon for free Otter’s Chicken.