November 09, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Florida Gulf Coast2530253
.173Hitting Pct..279
127Total Attacks111
KillsHOPPER - 12
AssistsMEYER - 21
FORD - 1
AcesHOPPER - 2
REX - 10
DigsHOPPER - 15
BlocksMAMBUCA - 6
November 10, 20121st2nd3rd4thFinal
.265Hitting Pct..051
151Total Attacks138
GREEN - 20
KillsCailyn Prewitt - 8
AssistsKelli Carneal - 16
AcesMonique Russell - 1
Kaley Melville - 1
FORD - 14
DigsMonique Russell - 18
BlocksSamantha Freeman - 4
Volleyball hopes to return from Florida with share of A-Sun title
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Volleyball hopes to return from Florida with share of A-Sun title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team finishes its last regular season Atlantic Sun Conference weekend on the road against Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 5 p.m. and Stetson Saturday at 1 p.m.

FGCU (20-8, 15-1 A-Sun) was the only team to defeat the Lady Bisons (17-10, 14-2 A-Sun)  in the first half of the A-Sun schedule on Oct. 12 in Allen Arena in a 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-23) sweep to snap the Lady Bisons 29-home conference match win streak.

“One of the things we’ve done well since the last time we played them was to learn from our mistakes,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said.  “I’m pleased with, not only the leadership, but where the team has gone in these past three or four weeks.

“Gulf Coast is a tremendous team that is having an awesome year.  Where they challenge a lot of people is their balance and their attack offensively.  They’ve got six really good offensive players that you’ve got to keep track of.”

The Lady Bisons hold an 8-3 record against the Eagles and are 7-1 in the last eight meetings.

The Eagles are led by Jim Hopper with 289 kills, Gigi Meyer with 606 assists and Whitney Masters with 364 digs.

The Lady Bisons swept Stetson (4-29, 0-16 A-Sun) 3-0 (25-13, 25-19,25-14) on Oct. 13 in Allen Arena.  LU set a school record in the match with a hitting percentage of .489 (50 kills-6 errors-90 total attacks).

“That’s Stetson’s last match of the season and I’m sure they will be gunning for us,” Rosenthal said.  “That’s always dangerous.  We will be on our toes.  It’s always a tricky place to play.”

The Lady Bisons hold an 11-1 record against the Hatters and have an 11-match winning streak.

Kaley Melville with 330 kills, Kelli Cameal with 550 assists and Monique Russell with 484 digs leads the Hatters.

The Lady Bisons had a perfect 3-0 record last week to extend their winning streak to six. 

LU swept Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-22).  It was the first sweep against NKU this season.  Libero Stephanie Rex’s last dig against the Norse was her 1,000th of her career. 

LU defeated Kennesaw State Friday night 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20) on Senior Day to keep its perfect 11-0 record against the Owls.

The Lady Bisons finished the week with a sweep of Mercer 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-18) to maintain their nine-match winning streak over the Bears.

“Over the last three matches, I saw our offense becoming more crisp each time,” Rosenthal said.  “I thought our serve was tremendous.”

Outside hitter Lauren Ford was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week for volleyball on Tuesday for her efforts last week.

Ford led the team with 44 kills, 29 digs and 53.0 points.  Ford added seven serve aces, three assists and three total blocks.  The sophomore had 4.40 kills per set, 5.30 points per set and 2.90 digs per set. 

The Lenexa, Kan., native had a career-high and a match-high 23 kills against Kennesaw State and added 10 digs for her eighth double-double on the season.  Ford had a hitting percentage of .442 had 27.5 points and tied a career-high four serve aces against the Owls. 

Ford added eight kills and 11 digs against NKU and had 13 kills and eight digs against Mercer.

Setter Caitlin Dotson also had an impressive week.  Dotson had 11 kills, 134 assists, 29 digs and three serve aces.  Dotson had 1.10 kills per set, 13.40 assists per set and a 2.90 digs per set.

The junior had two double-doubles and at least 40 assists in each match last week.  Dotson had 40 assists and 11 digs against NKU.  The Louisville, Ky., native added five kills, one shy of her career-high.

Dotson had 40 assists and 12 digs against Mercer.  That was her 11 double-double on the season and 24th of her career.  Dotson had 54 assists against KSU.

Dotson leads the A-Sun with 11.60 assists per set, which ranks 13th in the NCAA. 

Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle had her best week of her early college career with 28 kills, .370 hitting percentage, four digs and six total blocks.

The freshman had a career-high 15 kills against NKU and a hitting percentage of .542.

“As a freshman, she’s doing fantastic work,” Rosenthal said of Spitznagle.  “We want her to continue to play with confidence.  Molly’s going to be one of these physical threats for years to come.  What we are seeing right now is great progression and that’s important.”

Up next for the Lady Bisons is the A-Sun tournament held in Allen Arena from Nov. 15-17.  The Lady Bisons and FGCU have clinched a bye in the semifinal round. 

ETSU and North Florida are the only other two teams to have punched their tickets to the A-Sun tournament.  Only two spots remain to be settled this weekend.