|September 12, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
|Teegan Van Gunst
Kellerman - 1
Thomas - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With back-to-back losses at Allen Arena it is easy for fans to start asking what is missing for the Lipscomb volleyball team.
Coach Brandon Rosenthal knows that in the wake of the loss of middle blocker Jewell Dobson it is a question that is going to be asked.
“I think it is real easy to fall into the trap of asking what is missing and what is not,” Rosenthal said. “It is just consistency of play.
“We had too many hitting errors and we had them at bad times. Those were big.”
The fact the Lady Bisons, 5-3, lost 3-2 to Georgia Tech Friday night on the heels of a 3-0 loss to Western Kentucky earlier in the week magnifies the concern fans might feel.
“What has happened is they have heard about our winning ways and they haven’t seen it,” Rosenthal said. “There is a little bit of pressure there to come out and perform like we have been.
“I don’t know if there is anything special. We did some really good stuff. Obviously, late in sets we let a couple of things get away from us.”
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons made a spectacular comeback to tie their match with Georgia Tech but could not seal the match with a 15-6 loss in set five Friday night in the Lipscomb Invitational.
“Set five was tricky,” Rosenthal said. “We got down 3-0 and then fought back. We got a tough call that could have tied the match at 5-5 and Georgia Tech goes ahead by two.
“That put us in a different mindset. Those are things we will work on in practice.”
Twice trailing by seven points in set four, the last at 22-15, the Lady Bisons rallied to win the set 26-24. Lipscomb’s Brittany Thomas served on five straight points during the run including a service ace.
A kill by outside hitter Sophie Kellerman gave the Lady Bisons a 25-24 lead. Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle sealed the set with a kill.
“Molly was what we needed,” Rosenthal said. “She scored 16 points total. There was a conscious effort to get her the ball.
“We would have liked to have gotten the ball to her a little bit more. But a lot of that had to do with our passing.”
The Lady Bisons lost set one 25-20 and then came back to win set two 25-14. Georgia Tech prevailed in set three by a 25-22 score.
Rosenthal is not questioning the personnel he had on the court late in those sets.
“I truly believe the players that were in needed to be in and are the players who are going to make the plays down the stretch,” Rosenthal said. “I just didn’t think our effort was there at times.”
Rosenthal gave credit to Georgia Tech coach Michelle Collier.
“Michelle does a fantastic job,” Rosenthal said. “She knows how to match-up against us.”
Outside hitter Lauren Ford led the Lipscomb with 15 kills followed by Spitznagle with 11 and right side Brittnay Estes with 10. Estes also had a double-double with 10 digs, her third double-double of the year.
Lipscomb libero Bri McCombs made a match-high 20 digs. Kellerman added 15 and setter Kayla Ostrom finished with 10.
It was the second double-double of the season for Estes who also has posted a triple-double.
This was the third 3-2 match for the Lady Bisons this season and their first loss in a five-set match.
Teegan Van Gunst made a match-high 25 kills for Georgia Tech, 4-3.
The Lipscomb Invitational continues with the Lady Bisons playing ETSU, 3-5, Saturday at 12:30 and closing out the day with Utah, 7-0, at 6:30 at Allen Arena.
Last year all three matches were 3-2 with ETSU winning twice and Lipscomb winning once.
“It is going to be a battle,” Rosenthal said. “They are still trying to figure some things out and obviously we are too.
“When these two teams go at, they go at it. There is no doubt they are going to be ready to play us.”
Utah and Georgia Tech open the day with a match at 10.
“We just have to keep pushing forward,” Rosenthal said. “Our girls are going to do a great job. I have 100 percent confidence in them.”