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Lipscomb (11-10, 8-2 A-Sun)
North Florida (13-10, 4-6 A-Sun)
10/19/2012 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 251
Friday, October 19, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team snapped its five-match road winning streak losing 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 21-25, 14-25) against North Florida at UNF Arena Friday night to open the second half of the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule.
The Lady Bisons (11-10, 8-2 A-Sun) got off to a slow start in the first set. LU was tied at four, but the Ospreys (13-10, 4-6 A-Sun) scored the next three points and won 25-17 as the Lady Bisons never led in the frame.
The second set was close as the Lady Bisons had a two point lead, 12-10. LU outscored North Florida 13-6 to win 25-16.
“The girls did a nice job answering the bell in the second set,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I’m proud of the girls for going into the break between the second and third set and being that team that could respond.”
The Lady Bisons held a 9-4 lead early in the third set, but the Ospreys scored the next five points and eventually won 25-21.
The Ospreys got off to a fast start in the fourth set outscoring the Lady Bisons 8-1 and cruised to a 25-14 win that evened the season series and snapped the Lady Bisons eight-match winning streak against UNF.
“Give credit to North Florida,” Rosenthal said. “They played a great match and they played hard. We’ve got to come out with a little more intensity from the get-go.”
Earlier in the season, LU defeated the Ospreys in a dramatic comeback win in Allen Arena Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22. The Lady Bisons found themselves in a 2-0 hole, but won the last three sets to win the match, 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-18, 15-10).
Jewell Dobson and Kaycee Green led the Lady Bisons with 10 kills. Lauren Ford, who missed out on a double-double, added nine kills and 10 digs.
Stephanie Rex had 23 digs, one shy of her career-high while Megan Stout added 11 digs.
“I thought Stephanie Rex played really well tonight,” Rosenthal said. “I thought her effort defensively really did some good stuff for the team.”
The Lady Bisons stay in Jacksonville to face Jacksonville University on Saturday at 4 p.m. LU defeated the Dolphins (5-19, 2-8 A-Sun) at Allen Arena 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-17) in September.
The Dolphins are coming off a tough five-set home loss to Northern Kentucky on Friday night.
“Jacksonville is on the outside looking in and they’ve got to fight for every win,” Rosenthal said. “I would imagine that they are going to come out swinging at us and I think for us is to understand our game plan and executing it.”