September 09, 20141st2nd3rdFinal
Western Kentucky2525253
Lipscomb1120200
WKUTeam StatsLIP
.389Hitting Pct..152
43Kills34
8Errors18
90Total Attacks105
42Assists32
2Aces2
45Digs33
4.0Blocks3.0
WKULeadersLIP
CAVANAUGH - 12
KillsEstes - 7
Spitznagle - 7
Bradley - 7
LUCAS - 36
AssistsOstrom - 30
LUCAS - 1
SCOTT - 1
AcesOstrom - 1
Ford - 1
O'CONNELL - 13
DigsOstrom - 7
ENGLE - 2
BlocksSpitznagle - 2
Volleyball set to host Western Kentucky in home opener
Monday, September 8, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball set to host Western Kentucky in home opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team will make a quick return to the court Tuesday night when Western Kentucky visits from Conference USA. Game time is 6:30 at Allen Arena.

Both the Lady Bisons, 5-1, and Western Kentucky, 6-2, have won their last five matches.

The Lady Bisons were 3-0 and winners of the Tiger Invitational at Missouri with wins over the host team, Oakland and Illinois State.

 

SERIES HISTORY:

The Lady Bisons are 1-5 against Western Kentucky. The two teams last met in 2012 in Bowling Green. Western Kentucky swept the match 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-11.

The only win in the series for the Purple and Gold is a 3-0 decision in the Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville to open the 2009 season.

 

SCOUTING WKU:

Western Kentucky was undefeated this weekend in the University Plaza/Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational with wins over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oral Roberts Saturday and wins over tournament host Missouri State and Incarnate Word on Friday.

Western Kentucky is led in kills by Aly Cavanaugh with 71, an average of 2.84 per set. Georgia O’Connell is the digs leader with 123, 4.73 per set.

 

THE POLL, THE POLL:

The Lady Bisons earned 35 votes this week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll.

It marks the second week in a row they have received votes for the top 25. Marquette with 50 votes was the only team outside of the top 25 ahead of the Lady Bisons.

 

NATIONAL STATS:

The Lady Bisons are in the top 50 as a team nationally in three categories in the first NCAA statistics report of the season.

They are rated 37th in team assists with 321, 42nd in team kills with 341 and 45th in match won-loss percentage at .833. They are 56th in assists per set with 12.84.

Individually, senior outside hitter Lauren Ford is ranked 16th in total kills with 107, 29th in kills per set with 4.28 and 50th in points per set with 4.62.

Sophomore setter Kayla Ostrom is rated 36th in total assists with 268 and 47th in assists per set with 10.72.

 

LADY BISONS IN THE A-SUN:

As a team the Lady Bisons lead the Atlantic Sun Conference in kills (341), assists per set (12.84), hitting percentage (.218), kills per set (13.64), assists (321) and won-lost percentage (.833).

They are second in digs per set (15.12) and in total blocks (47).

Individually, Kayla Ostrom leads in assists per set (10.72). Libero Bri McCombs is first in digs per set (4.36) and total digs (109).

Ford is second in kills per set (4.28), points per set (4.62) and total kills (107).

Ostrom is second in total assists (268). Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is second with 24 total blocks.

 

THEY CALL IT A STREAK:

Since opening the season with a 3-1 loss to then-No.22 Creighton in the Kansas Invitational the Lady Bisons have won their last five matches in a row.

The 5-1 start is the best after six matches in the NCAA era for the program. They opened both the 2010 and 2013 seasons with 4-2 records.

 

WEEKLY WINNERS:

Ford was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week.

She led the Lady Bisons in kills in all three weekend victories and set a new season-high with 24 kills against Illinois State. In the match against Missouri Jewell Dobson, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year, was injured and did not return the rest of the weekend. Ford stepped up her game and hit a season-high .425, while also leading Lipscomb in kills in all three matches. For her efforts, she was named the Tournament MVP of the Tiger Invitational.  

The senior exercise science major from Lenexa, Kansas earned her second career A-Sun Player of Week award.  She averaged 5.00 kills per set in the three victories.

Libero Bri McCombs was named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week.

McCombs led the defensive effort for the Lady Bisons as she totaled 56 digs. She averaged 7.67 digs in a win over Oakland, and was named to the All-Tournament team. Lipscomb has now won five straight matches, giving them their best six-game start in the NCAA era. 

The junior libero from Franklin, Tennessee is majoring in Pre-Law. It is also her second career Defensive Player of the Week award. She had a season-high 23 digs in two matches as the Lady Bisons finished 3-0 in the Tiger Invitational.

Right side Brittnay Estes opened the season as the first A-Sun Player of the Week. Estes was also named Tennessee Sportswriters Association (TSWA) Player of the Week.

 

TOURNAMENT AWARDS:

The Lady Bisons finished the Tiger Invitational hosted by Missouri with a 3-0 record that earned them first place.

Lauren Ford was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Bri McCombs and Brittnay Estes were named to the all-tournament team.

In the Kansas Invitational Estes was named to the all-tournament team.

 

UP NEXT:

The Lady Bisons will face three strong foes in the Lipscomb Invitational Friday and Saturday at Allen Arena.  They will play Georgia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference Friday at 6:30.

Saturday they will face former A-Sun foe ETSU at 12:30 and close out the tournament against Utah at 6:30.