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September 13, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
.185Hitting Pct..289
130Total Attacks159
Briana Allmon - 13
KillsFord - 21
Jamie Rutledge - 22
AssistsOstrom - 54
Bethany Gesell - 1
Katie Muey - 1
AcesFord - 2
Katie Muey - 19
DigsMcCombs - 21
Ivey Rice - 4
Jessica Schafer - 4
BlocksSpitznagle - 3
Ford - 3
Bradley - 3
Volleyball triumphs over ETSU 3-1 in Lipscomb Invitational
Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball triumphs over ETSU 3-1 in Lipscomb Invitational

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s volleyball team beat an old rival Saturday afternoon stopping ETSU 3-1 in the second day of the Lipscomb Invitational at Allen Arena.

“If we don’t play them again for 10 years down the road I guarantee you it will still be a battle,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We know each other. We have seen them play for years.

“It is fun to compete against them. I know they are always going to bring out our best. I tip my cap to them. I appreciate the competition.”

ETSU may have moved to the Southern Conference but the competition between the two teams is no different than it was when both were battling in the Atlantic Sun.

The Lady Bisons cruised to a 25-14 win in set one but fell 25-22 in set two. The Lady Bisons rallied in set three for a 25-22 win and closed out the match with a 25-18 victory in set four.

“I thought the girls did a great job of settling in,” Rosenthal said. “I thought in the first set they did a fantastic job. In the second set we didn’t go at them as hard as I would have liked to have seen. A play here and a play there and you are behind.”

Outside hitter Lauren Ford made a match-high 21 kills. Also in double figures in kills were right side Brittnay Estes with 17, middle blocker Molly Spitznagle with 11 and outside hitter Sophie Kellerman with 10.

Estes led the team with a .400 hitting percentage.

“It was frustrating early because Lauren started to change things,” Rosenthal said. “I told her between sets two and three to stick with it and trust in what she does.

“When she swings hard and goes after it her approach is so forceful.  When she attempts to change the speed of her shots it slows her approach and changes her mechanics. I want her to continue to go after it versus dialing it back.”

Setter Kayla Ostrom finished with 54 assists, a season and career high, and 14 digs, for a double-double.

“When you take a look at the final numbers they were good,” Rosenthal said. “We had some good options out of serve-receive. It was nice to see that variation. We had 68 kills in a four-set match. That is what we want to see.

“There were a couple too many errors –not just aggressive errors but some unforced errors. I would like to see us do a better job of cleaning that up.”

Libero Bri McCombs had a match-high 21 digs. Ford completed the double-double with 11 digs.

The Lady Bisons are 6-3. ETSU falls to 3-6.

“I liked the aggressive nature of the team,” Rosenthal said. “I think we play better when we are going at people instead of just sitting back.

“We are kind of urging the girls to continue that through. That is kind of the hard part right now. We are in the third week of the season and have played nine matches. That starts to wear on you a little bit.”


Quick hits:

  • The last time the Lady Bisons beat ETSU by a 3-1 margin was Oct. 6, 2012 in Johnson City. The Lady Bisons have won their last two meetings with ETSU.
  • Ostrom made more than 50 assists for the second time this season.
  • Spitznagle has 11 kills in each of her last two matches.
  • Ford tied her season high for kills with 11. It is the second time this season she has posted a double-double and her third match with more than 20 kills.
  • McCombs has made more than 20 digs five times this season.


Next up:

At 6:30 tonight the Lady Bisons will close out the tournament facing Utah 8-0.

“Utah is not the tallest team we have played or the most physical team we have played, but they do a nice job blocking,” Rosenthal said. “We have to stay calm and not get frustrated that we might get blocked here and there.

“We have to take the fight to them. We have to have the willingness to dig in and go harder.”