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September 06, 20141st2nd3rdFinal
.309Hitting Pct..174
110Total Attacks109
Ford - 14
KillsSammy Condon - 12
Ostrom - 40
AssistsCiara Schultz - 30
Thomas - 2
AcesAllia Knight - 1
McCombs - 23
DigsTaylor Humm - 14
Spitznagle - 2
BlocksAmanda Baker - 2
Sammy Condon - 2
Cassie Pelloni - 2
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ILSTeam StatsLIP
.283Hitting Pct..234
173Total Attacks184
Rosch - 18
KillsFord - 24
Early - 49
AssistsOstrom - 52
Niao - 3
AcesKellerman - 4
Orrick - 22
DigsMcCombs - 23
Montgomery - 7
BlocksFord - 4
Lady Bisons step up for weekend tournament in Missouri
Thursday, September 4, 2014
By Mark McGee
Lady Bisons step up for weekend tournament in Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo.  – The road doesn’t get any easier for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons this weekend and coach Brandon Rosenthal wouldn’t have it any other way.

After opening the season with a 2-1 record at the Kansas Invitational which included a 3-2 win over host Kansas, the then No. 22-rated team in the country; the Lady Bisons are in Columbia, Missouri for the Tigers Invitational.

The Lady Bisons open with host Missouri, 2-1, Friday at noon. Saturday they Oakland, 2-2, at 10 a.m. and Illinois State, 2-1, at 4 p.m.  The Lady Bisons are 0-1 against Missouri. They are facing Illinois State and Oakland for the first time in volleyball in the regular season. Xavier is also in the tournament field, but the Lady Bisons will not play them.

“This is nothing out of the ordinary for us,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We knew every match was going to be tough coming into the season. We set the schedule for that reason.

“Missouri had a great year last year, but they have some new pieces they are working in. They are still kind of tweaking and that is always dangerous. They are a big SEC power.”

Rosenthal stresses that all the teams in the tournament are close in terms of their statistics.

‘It is going to be a challenge,” Rosenthal said. “When you pit four or five teams together that are that close anything can happen.

“I know our girls are up for it. They aren’t satisfied with the taste they got at Kansas. They want more.”

Rosenthal was happy with the way his Lady Bisons competed at Kansas. In the 3-1 loss to Creighton the Lady Bisons won the first set 31-29, fell 25-17 in the second set and 26-24 in sets three and four.

“We competed against Creighton,” Rosenthal said. “There are differences between winning and losing and competing.

“Competing is all I ask for. Coming into this week the girls are hungry for more. They did a fine job against Kansas keeping themselves in the match and winning. We showed we weren’t going to roll over. We overcame a pretty formidable deficit.”

The Labor Day holiday gave the week a different feel, but Rosenthal saw a team that was edgy and intense in practice this week.

“Everybody was focused on the task at hand,” Rosenthal said. “I have never had a doubt about what this team is capable of. If the results had been different at Kansas I still wouldn’t have a doubt.

“I think we are a top 50 team. It is fun to be in that realm, but there is also more responsibility.  Coming into this week we have seen the realization of what we can do. It is more a case of `we’ve got to get this done’. “

Many Firsts

The Lady Bisons received six votes in the AVCA Top 25 poll, a first for the program. The win over Kansas marked the first time the Lady Bisons had beaten a top 25 team. Kansas fell out of the poll this week.

A Time to Kill
Lauren Ford is the A-Sun active career leader with 1,186 total kills. Jewell Dobson sits in second with 1,160.

Bri Digs It
Libero Bri McCombs is the conference's active career leader in digs per set at 4.21. She has a team-high 53 digs for the Lady Bisons in the first three matches.

Estes the “Bestest”

Junior right side Brittnay Estes has enjoyed a week filled with awards. Tuesday she was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week. Thursday she was honored as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week. The awards were both career firsts for her. Over the weekend she was named to the Kansas City Invitational All-Tournament Team.

A Brief Look

Missouri is led by senior Whitney Little who holds seven school records and Emily Wilson who has 793 career kills. Little leads the team with .511 hitting percentage.

Oakland played in Western Michigan’s Tournament.  Melissa Deatsch leads the team with an average of 2.81 kills per set. Jessica Dood averages .88 blocks per set.

Illinois State faced Lipscomb in a spring match. They played in the University of Oregon Tournament. Ashley Rosch averages 3.79 kills per set. Illinois State averages 2.2 blocks per set with Emily Schneider averaging 1.21 blocks per set.

Up Next:

The Lady Bisons open the home portion of their season Tuesday night when Western Kentucky visits Allen Arena for a 6:30 match.