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Northern Kentucky (21-7, 8-6 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (15-10, 12-2 A-Sun)
10/30/2012 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 117
Monday, October 29, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team continues its homestand with a midweek match against Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Northern Kentucky on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons defeated NKU on Sept. 18 in a 3-2 (16-25, 25-15, 23-25, 26-24, 15-13) battle in Highland Heights, Ky., to open the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule. This was the first meeting between the two schools.
“They are not eligible for the tournament and this is their tournament,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “There is no doubt that they’re going to be coming after us with something to prove.
“Those five seniors play with such confidence. They run a quick style offense, just like us. The advantage they have is the experience they have between those five or six players.”
The Norse is led by Shelby Buschur with 324 kills, Jenna Schreiver with 1,153 assists and Kylee Tarantino with 449 digs.
The Lady Bisons are coming off a 2-0 weekend sweeping of ETSU and USC Upstate 3-0.
LU won each set 25-23 over ETSU. Outside hitter Kaycee Green led the team with 17 kills and setter Caitlin Dotson had 47 assists.
LU won 25-20, 25-18 and 25-14 against Upstate. Green led the team with 15 kills and Dotson added her ninth double-double of the season, and 22nd of her career, with 40 assists and 12 digs.
“It’s a great weekend for us,” Rosenthal said. “We knew we had to take care of business this past weekend against two teams in the thick of it. I was proud of our girls the way they played.”
The win against Upstate clinched a spot in the A-Sun tournament for the Lady Bisons. This will be the seventh consecutive season that LU has made the conference tournament.
The Lady Bisons have won the last three A-Sun championships and four of the last five.
Green had an impressive 5.33 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .279. The senior had 32 kills, seven digs and four blocks. The Cookeville, Tenn., native had nine of her 15 kills against the Spartans in the first set.
“Kaycee’s done a real nice job,” Rosenthal said. “One of the best things we saw this past weekend, especially in the ETSU match is when we needed points, Kaycee Green did not shy away from it and got those big points.”
Dotson also had an impressive weekend. The junior had 14.50 assists per set and 2.67 digs per set. The Louisville, Ky., native had 87 assists and 16 digs. Dotson has had 14 matches of at least 40 assists this season.
“Caitlin has been working hard,” Rosenthal said. “Dot is really coming into her own and understands where we’re at with our offense and trying to speed that up.”
Libero Stephanie Rex continues to close in on the 1,000th career dig. The junior only needs 14 more digs to reach the milestone.
The Brownsburg, Ind., native will become the fifth Lady Bison to have at least 1,000 digs.
Rex is tied for sixth in the A-Sun with 4.13 digs per set and ranks third in A-Sun matches with 4.57 digs per set.
The Lady Bisons finish the homestand this weekend against Kennesaw State Friday night at 6:30 and Mercer Saturday at 2 p.m.
KSU’s match will be senior day for Kaycee Green. Green has earned A-Sun Player of the Week twice this season and had her 1,000th career kill earlier in the season against Appalachian State Aug. 31.
The Lady Bisons have a perfect record against KSU, 10-0. LU defeated the Owls in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) sweep in Kennesaw Ga., Sept. 18.
LU has a 13-5 record against Mercer and has won the eight consecutive matches. The Lady Bisons also defeated the Bears 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23) in Macon, Ga., Sept. 19.