|September 04, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
GREEN - 14
DOBSON - 1
STOUT - 1
KELLERMAN - 1
REX - 1
STOTTS - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Beware of the women in the middle.
Lipscomb middle blockers Jewell Dobson and Molly Spitznagle combined for 24 kills and a .650 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over Austin Peay Tuesday night at Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons are 2-5. Austin Peay dropped to 2-8.
“It is hard to talk about anything without talking about what our middles did,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They hit around .650 as a pair…that’s awesome. That is something pretty special.”
Spitznagle, in her first collegiate start, finished with 10 kills and a .562 hitting percentage, both career highs. Rosenthal made a match time to start Spitznagle in place of Claire Peterson who was dealing with an injury.
“Claire was banged up a little the other day and we had seen some good stuff out of Molly,” Rosenthal said. “It’s nice to see somebody come in and play as comfortable as she did. She knows how to win. It was neat to see her come out and bring a sense of energy.”
“Molly has the ability to get off of the ground so fast. It was just a matter of getting her more comfortable with the speed of the game. The past couple of weeks she has been done a real nice job. “
Dobson continued her string of outstanding performances with 14 kills, tying outside hitter Kaycee Green for the match high. Dobson posted a match-high .722 hitting percentage.
“What we have to do a little better is to diversify Jewell’s game a little bit,” Rosenthal said. “We are continuing to work on that.”
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-22 and followed with a 25-15 finish in set two. Austin Peay fought back hard in set three, leading 17-15 at one point before the Lady Bisons rebounded for a 25-22 victory.
“The third set is a great example of what happens in volleyball if you don’t keep the pressure on the other team,” Rosenthal said. “I thought we did a great job in the first and second sets.
“The second set we let them off the hook a little bit with our service errors, but we still did some nice things. Austin Peay played hard in the third set. They didn’t give up.”
The Lady Bisons rebounded to win the final set, but Rosenthal stressed after the win the importance of building on success in a set.
“If we are getting two points we have to push it to three instead of getting two and giving them one,” Rosenthal said. “I was pleased to see our girls respond. Late in the match they understood it was time to step it up.”
Rosenthal was also pleased with the defensive play of his Lady Bisons.
“Defensively, I liked what we did more in the second and third sets in blocking balls and touching balls,” Rosenthal said. “It is about being disciplined. We are trying to dial that in. It is good to see some of these players continuing to work very hard on that.”
Outside hitter Lauren Ford added 12 kills also posted a match-high nine digs. Setter Caitlin Dotson was credited with 44 assists.
Green, with 1,052 career kills, moved ahead of Alex Scruggs into second place on the school’s all-time list in that category.
“We were able to run our style of offense,” Rosenthal said. “It really put a lot of pressure on Austin Peay. That is why you see some pretty good numbers offensively.”
The Lady Bisons have won their last nine matches against Austin Peay.
The Lady Bisons head to Arizona this weekend where they will face Arizona, Texas Christian and Iona in the Arizona Invitational in Tucson Friday and Saturday.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations for Athletics.