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#23 Creighton (1-0)
8/28/2014 | Lawrence, Kan. | Attendance: 300
Friday, August 29, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons Volleyball team would not go down without a fight, but lost their season opening match of the season 3-1 to No. 23 Creighton Friday morning in the Kansas Invitational.
“I liked the fight and resolve of our team,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “This was a great college volleyball match. It was fun to see.”
The Lady Bisons’ day does not get any easier. They are back on the court tonight at 7:30 when they play host, No. 22 Kansas at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kansas. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.
In set one the Lady Bisons fought off six set points by Creighton in the 31-29 win.
Right side Brittnay Estes set the pace across the board for the Lady Bisons in set one with seven kills and four digs. Estes finished with 12 kills for the match and also added 12 digs and 10 assists for her first-career triple-double.
“We had a pretty good idea that would happen for Brittnay,” Rosenthal said. “She is going to do great things this season. This was a small indication of what she can do.
“Creighton did a nice job of making adjustments against her in set three. We had trouble getting her going again until set four.”
Creighton came back with a vengeance in set two winning 25-17, never trailing in the set.
Sets three and four were close with the Lady Bisons losing by identical 26-24 scores.
In set three Lipscomb led 14-10; the biggest lead by either team, but Creighton rallied and tied the set at 15-15. Creighton took a three-point lead, 18-15 on an attack error by Lipscomb.
The Lady Bisons fought back using kills by outside hitters Lauren Ford and Sophie Kellerman to tie the set at 20-20.
Creighton once again built a three-point lead at 24-21, but the Lady Bisons rallied again. A kill by Kellerman tied the set at 24-24. Creighton closed out the win with two straight kills.
Set four was more of the same. The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead. They held their lead until Creighton came back for a 12-11 edge. The Purple and Gold trailed by four points three times at 16-12, 18-14 and 19-15.
The Lady Bisons kept chipping away using kills from Molly Spitznagle, Ford, Estes and Kellerman. The match was tied 24-24 after an attack error by Creighton. But the Blue Jays finished the set and the match with back-to-back kills.
“Our girls are not going to back down from anybody,” Rosenthal said. “It was a matter of making a play here or there. Creighton made the plays and that is why they are 1-0 and we are 0-1.”
Lauren Ford posted a match-high 18 kills. Kellerman added 13 kills, one short of her career high for a match. Middle blocker Jewell Dobson was held to only nine kills.
“We are going to be making some adjustments,” Rosenthal said. “We saw things we can improve on. This gives our girls an idea of what they can expect.
“We are going to look at our distribution. We need to do a better job of getting the ball to Jewell (Dobson).”
Five Lipscomb players were in double figures in digs. Kellerman and Ford also had double-doubles finishing with 12 and 11 digs respectively. Kayla Ostrom added 12 digs, two short of her career high.
Libero Bri McCombs led the team with 19 digs.
Creighton was led by Leah McNary with 16 kills. Kate Elman made a match-high 27 digs.
The Lady Bisons are 2-1 overall against Creighton and with the loss, dropped to 4-10 in season opening matches since 2001. They last won a season-opening match Aug. 29, 2009 when they swept Western Kentucky 3-0.
Ostrom finished the day with five kills matching her total for the entire 2013 season.
Brittany Thomas, from Overland Park, Kansas, made her collegiate debut in her home state earning playing time in all four sets. She is a defensive specialist and a libero. She made one service ace.
Thomas, Ford and freshman Chloe Rogers are all from Kansas. They all three played for KC Power, a club team. Fans associated with that team bought more than 150 tickets to the Kansas Invitational to support the Lipscomb trio.