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William and Mary (3-7)
9/14/2013 | Blacksburg, Va. | Attendance: 78
Saturday, September 14, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Beware of the women in the middle.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team has a history of formidable duos in the middle in the past. First there was the teaming of Katie Rose and Alex Kelly. Then Rose paired with Jewell Dobson. Now it’s Dobson and Molly Spitznagle taking over the middle for the Purple and Gold. Kelly and Rose both were honored as Atlantic Sun MVPs for their efforts. Dobson and Spitznagle may be traveling the same road.
In Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 sweep of William & Mary Dobson posted a match-high 18 kills. Spitznagle added 13 and a match-high and season-high .565 hitting percentage. Spitznagle did not make an error in 23 total attacks.
Dobson’s hitting percentage was .467.
“They are a formidable one-two punch,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They played well all weekend overall. It kind of follows in the tradition of what we have been able to do in the middle. It’s a little bit different because we have different personnel, but the other side of it is that we are giving them more opportunities.
“It is one of those deals where we knew we had an advantage against William & Mary. We wanted to get Jewell and Molly involved early and continue to push the issue with them.”
The Lady Bisons closed out the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum with set wins of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-21. The Lady Bisons raised their record to 6-3 with the win. William & Mary slipped to 3-7.
“I am proud of the whole team,” Rosenthal said. “It is hard putting all those matches together. Our girls played well. It was the third weekend in a row they have stepped up to the plate.
“It showed a lot of the preparation that we put in. Will Osburn (strength coach) and our assistant coaches, Billy Ebel and Ann Armes, have done a good job in getting us prepared. It was a full team effort.”
Dobson and Spitznagle were both named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.
“Molly has to be a bigger part of our offense and she is understanding that,” Rosenthal said. “With that comes responsibility and she has accepted that responsibility. She has done a great job.”
Setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson recorded 40 assists.
Defensively, libero Bri McCombs and defensive specialist Stephanie Rex each made 11 digs, tying for the match high. Setter Kayla Ostrom just missed double figures in digs with a season-high nine.
“When it comes down to the middle it has to be noted what our defense and passing have to do to make it all happen,” Rosenthal said. “A lot of it has to do with all of the other pieces to make it all work.
“Obviously, Dot has to make the right decisions. I am very pleased to see what came about.”
The Lady Bisons open Atlantic Sun Conference play Wednesday on the road when they travel to Northern Kentucky for a 5 p.m.match.
“Now we go on to the next step which is to play a Northern Kentucky team that is really dangerous,” Rosenthal said. “The biggest thing for our team right now is rest.
“We have three weeks of pretty solid play under our belts. The main thing we are looking at it is how do we get everybody back to being able to play at their full capabilities. A lot of that is rest and video work.”
Saturday afternoon at 2 the Kentucky Wildcats from the Southeastern Conference invade Allen Arena. The goal is to have at least 2,000 fans at the match which will also be available on ESPN3.