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September 18, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
LIPTeam StatsUK
.124Hitting Pct..319
137Total Attacks119
Ford - 14
KillsShelby Workman - 15
Ostrom - 38
AssistsMorgan Bergren - 40
Estes - 2
AcesMorgan Bergren - 2
Lauren O'Conner - 2
McCombs - 12
DigsJackie Napper - 20
Bradley - 3
BlocksEmily Franklin - 5
No. 15 Kentucky too tough to tame for Volleyball
Thursday, September 18, 2014
By Mark McGee
No. 15 Kentucky too tough to tame for Volleyball

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lipscomb volleyball team is moving forward. Coach Brandon Rosenthal is choosing to look ahead to better days than dwell on the past.

That includes the 3-1 loss to No. 15-ranked Kentucky Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

“There is some great stuff there,” Rosenthal said. “We are still working though some things, but I feel like we are closer than we were against Utah.

“It’s coming for us. We are staying focused. There has been some great progress. Against competition like Kentucky it is tough to notice it as much as we would like.”

The Lady Bisons started strong winning set one 25-21, but then dropped set two 25-16, set three 25-15 and set four 25-17.

Lipscomb fell to 6-5 on the year while Kentucky improved to 9-2.

“I thought we did a really fantastic job of executing the game plan in set one,” Rosenthal said. “We just faltered a little bit in set two early and couldn’t regain our confidence.

“Kentucky made some adjustments. Between sets two and three we talked about those adjustments. It took us until mid-way through the third set to get back into our rhythm.”

Rosenthal thought the Lady Bisons were ready to get back on track in set four.

“I thought we had a good game plan going into set four but we didn’t execute some of those adjustments,” Rosenthal said. “That is on us.“

Senior outside hitter Lauren Ford led the Lady Bisons with 14 kills. Right side Brittnay Estes added 11 kills and also made two service aces.

Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman just missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs.

“Offensively, we hit .519 in the first set,” Rosenthal said. “Our outside hitters did a good job. We just didn’t carry it through.”

Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle made seven kills and added two solo blocks.

“I thought Molly did another great job,” Rosenthal said.

Libero Bri McCombs was credited with 12 digs. Brittany Thomas added 10, both season and career highs.

“Defensively, we made some changes and we responded,” Rosenthal said. “I thought we did a nice job. You can almost get into a rut running the same things defensively.

“Against Kentucky we countered and those counters worked. We had some players in position where they don’t normally play and they came through.”

Sophomore setter Kayla Ostrom made 38 assists. She has recorded 30-plus assists in every match this season.

“I thought our numbers were good,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Kayla really settled in and ran the floor in sets three and four. She continues to grow.”


Quick Hitters:

  • Making her fourth career start freshman Brittany Thomas set both season and career highs with 10 digs.
  • Katie Bradley was credited with three blocks for the fourth match in a row and for the fifth time this season.
  • Lauren Ford’s 1,323 career kills move her into the top-10 on the A-Sun career kills list. 
  • Ford has registered double-digit kills in 10-of-11 matches on the year. Estes has completed that feat nine times.
  • The Lady Bisons are 0-3 against Kentucky in the series history. They lost at Allen Arena 3-0 when Kentucky was rated No. 19 in 2013. In 2012 Kentucky prevailed 3-2.
  • Lipscomb has now lost two matches in a row for the second time this season. The last time Lipscomb fell in back-to-back matches entering the year was in 2012 when it also happened twice.
  • The last time the Lady Bisons lost three matches in a row was also in 2012 when they opened the season with losses to Long Beach State, Kentucky and North Carolina.


Next Up:

The Lady Bisons face Xavier (6-4) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the last preconference match of the season. Xavier is coming off a 3-2 loss at Dayton Tuesday night.

Lipscomb is 1-2 overall against the Musketeers. The Lady Bisons prevailed 3-2 at Allen Arena in 2010. The two teams faced each other twice in 2011 with the Lady Bisons losing 3-0 and 3-1.