|September 09, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Spitznagle - 7
Bradley - 7
SCOTT - 1
Ford - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sometimes nothing goes right.
Such was the case for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons who fell 3-0 to Western Kentucky from Conference USA Tuesday night in the volleyball home opener at Allen Arena.
They played without middle blocker Jewell Dobson, who is out for the season with a lower extremity injury, and libero Bri McCombs, who was a game-time decision. Dobson was picked in the preseason to repeat as Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and McCombs was tabbed to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year.
“Any time you are filling in for multiple players it makes it tough,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “But by the same token it gives other players opportunities.
“I just didn’t feel like we came with the same drive and passion we have had in the past. I felt like we were trying to manufacture it (energy). It wasn’t necessarily coming from their hearts. It has to come naturally and it has come naturally.”
The Lady Bisons lost 25-11 in set one, 25-20 in set two and 25-20 in set three.
The Lady Bisons, 5-2, ended a five-game winning streak. Western Kentucky, 7-2, extended its win streak to six games.
“Western Kentucky is a good team,” Rosenthal said. “They played some disciplined volleyball and unfortunately we paid for it.”
For the first time this season no Lady Bisons were in double figures in kills. Right side Brittnay Estes, middle blocker Molly Spitznagle and middle blocker Katie Bradley each had seven kills.
Also for the first time this season no Lady Bison posted double figures in digs. Setter Kayla Ostrom led the way with seven.
“It is a matter of playing our brand of volleyball and we didn’t do that,” Rosenthal said. “A lot of that had to do with Western Kentucky and what they did to us.
“A lot of it had to do with how we approached the match. I didn’t think we were real focused or disciplined. We didn’t play with a whole lot of confidence.”
Alyssa Cavanaugh made a match-high 12 kills for Western Kentucky. Georgia O’Connell was credited with 12 digs.
“It was tough dealing with the loss of Jewell the last couple of days,” Rosenthal said. “And then Bri doesn’t play.
“I don’t think we handled the circumstances and that is a bit surprising. We have to regroup and that is what Wednesday is all about. There is no tearing down the locker room. This is part of the season and it is a great learning lesson when you don’t do things well.”
It was the second time this season the Lady Bisons had opened a match with two set losses. On Aug. 29 they dropped two sets to Kansas but came back to win the next three and the match.
This was the first 3-0 loss for the Lady Bisons since Sept. 21, 2013 when they were swept by Kentucky, also at Allen Arena.
Bradley’s seven kills were both season and career highs.
The 14-point loss in set one is the worst set margin deficit for the Lady Bisons this season.
The Lady Bisons are 1-6 overall against Western Kentucky.
The Lady Bisons host the Lipscomb Invitational this weekend. They will play Georgia Tech Friday night at 6:30. Saturday they face ETSU at 12:30 and Utah at 6:30.