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.291Hitting Pct..192
141Total Attacks146
AssistsCOURTNEY - 45
REX - 24
DigsPAGAN - 14
BlocksJACOB - 6
Dobson sets career-high; volleyball bounces back against JU
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Dobson sets career-high; volleyball bounces back against JU

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team bounced back to win 3-1 against Jacksonville at Swisher Gymnasium Saturday after its first road loss in the Atlantic Sun Conference this season.

The Lady Bisons (12-10, 9-2 A-Sun) lost Friday night to North Florida 3-1 in Jacksonville.

“Coming back from a loss is something this program hasn’t experienced that much, especially in the conference in last four or five years,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said.  “We’re trying to find that balance playing freely and also with a sense of urgency.”

Middle blocker Jewell Dobson had a career-high 22 kills, also her first 20-plus kill performance of her career.  The sophomore had a hitting percentage of .677, which ranks third all-time at Lipscomb for a player with at least 12 kills in a match.  The Shepherdsville, Ky., native had one error on 31 attacks. 

“Jewell is a tremendous player,” Rosenthal said.  “She’s a key figure and every team knows that.  We’ve got to make some adjustments to free her up and that happened tonight.  You can see how lethal she can be.”

Outside hitter Kaycee Green was second on the team with 16 kills and had a hitting percentage of .382. 

Libero Stephanie Rex, who had 23 digs Friday night, added another 24 digs against the Dolphins (4-20, 2-9 A-Sun).  The 24 digs tied her career-high and set a season-high. 

“I thought Rex had a great weekend, a really great weekend,” Rosenthal said.  “It’s good to see what she’s capable of.  She’s really finding a rhythm to her play with the small adjustments during the match she made last night and tonight.”

Setter Caitlin Dotson had her eighth double-double of the season with 50 assists and 11 digs.  This was her 12th match with at least 40 assists. 

Outside hitter Lauren Ford just missed a double-double with 12 kills and nine digs.

The Lady Bisons got off to a fast start in the first set with a 10-4 lead.  LU then outscored the Dolphins 10-6 and won 25-18.  The Dolphins never led or tied as the Lady Bisons won the set 25-18.

LU started out strong in the second set, scoring the first four points.  The Dolphins came back and tied it at 16 and eventually went on to win 25-22.

In the third set, the Dolphins never saw a lead, but the score was tied at 17.  The Lady Bisons then scored the next five unanswered points and went on to win 25-22.

The Dolphins had a 17-14 lead in the fourth set, but the Lady Bisons outscored JU 6-2 and won the final set 25-21.

LU holds an 11-4 record and has won the last 11 meetings against the Dolphins, including both victories this season. 

The Lady Bisons defeated the Dolphins in Allen Arena in a 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-17) sweep Friday night, Sept. 21.

The Lady Bisons return home for five consecutive matches.  LU faces ETSU Friday night, Oct. 26 at 6:30 and USC Upstate Saturday at 2 p.m.

LU defeated USC Upstate Friday night, Oct. 5 in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) sweep in Spartanburg, S.C., to keep their perfect 9-0 record against the Spartans.

The Lady Bisons beat ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn., 3-1 (17-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-16) on Saturday, Oct. 6.  LU is 9-1 against the Bucs in the last 10 meetings.