|October 04, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Ford - 13
Estes - 1
Kellerman - 1
McCombs - 1
KENNESAW, Ga. – To paraphrase an old ABBA song Lipscomb middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is the “woman in the middle, never second fiddle”.
That somewhat altered lyric sums up the play of Spitznagle in Atlantic Sun matches so far this season.
Saturday afternoon at Kennesaw State it was more of the same as she tied senior outside hitter Lauren Ford for the match high as each fired 13 kills. Spitznagle also posted a .435 hitting percentage and a match high five blocks with one solo and four assists.
“A lot of it is understanding the advantage we have with her and taking care of the opportunities,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We knew going in she had to be a bigger part of it for us.”
Spitznagle closed out set one for the Lady Bisons with a kill and then gave the team a 25-24 edge with a kill in set three. Ford followed with the set and match point.
“The confidence she is playing with right now is only going to help her move forward,” Rosenthal said. “The things she is doing in matches, that we see her do on a day-to-day basis, make it tough for other teams.
“She is playing at a higher level. The team realizes Molly is part of the game plan that we have to establish. And it opens up the rest of the floor for everybody else.”
Spitznagle has 40 kills and 12 blocks in her last three matches, all against A-Sun teams.
“Molly has always been there,” Rosenthal said. “Earlier (this season) she didn’t get as many attempts.
“It is not about getting the opportunity. It is about what are you going to do with the opportunity. Molly continues to step up to the challenge.”
The Lady Bisons extended their winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 sweep of Kennesaw State Saturday.
“It wasn’t as clean of a match as we would have liked,” Rosenthal said. “It was just a matter of us settling down and I am not sure that we did that completely. Every once in a while you are going to have matches like that.”
The Purple and Gold won set one 25-22, set two 25-17 and set three 26-24.
“The first set was marred by service errors,” Rosenthal said. “It was like we couldn’t get out of our own way with the service errors. Kennesaw State only had six kills in the first set.
“I thought the second set was really good and when I say really good I thought we did a nice job of settling in and running our offense. At the end of the set it was a flurry of defense from us.
Rosenthal credited a team effort in the third set.
“In the third set we had a couple of errors that got us out of our rhythm,” Rosenthal said. “I had to call a time out at 7-2 and settle everybody down. How we battled back in the third set showed our character.”
Right side Brittnay Estes made a team-high 13 digs. Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman added 11.
“Defensively, I thought we did a really nice job,” Rosenthal said. “Some of the extra opportunities for our offense were provided by the defense.
“I thought Sophie, Bri (McCombs) and Brittnay did a good job all-around. Brittnay came up with some timely digs.”
While Rosenthal was proud of the defense overall, he had particular praise for Megan Stout.
“Megan played a tremendous match,” Rosenthal said. “I am proud of her coming in and doing some good stuff. It pays off when we have people ready to step up when they have the opportunity.
“In the third set we needed somebody to come in and serve some tough balls. She made some good defensive plays and she made some great defensive plays.”
No Kennesaw State player was in double figures in kills. Anaiah Boyer made a match-high 15 digs. Katarina Morton added 14.
The Lady Bisons improve to 9-6 overall, 3-0 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 8-9, 2-1 in the A-Sun.
- The Lady Bisons have won their last nine sets in a row after losing the first A-Sun set of the season in a 3-1 come-from-behind match win over Northern Kentucky.
- The Lady Bisons are 15-0 against Kennesaw State in the series history.
- Setter Kayla Ostrom and middle blocker Katie Bradley each posted .500 hitting percentages.
- Kellerman has posted double figures in digs in three of her last four matches.
- Estes has finished in double figures in digs in six matches overall.
Lipscomb returns home Oct. 10 to face Jacksonville and Oct. 11 against North Florida at Allen Arena.