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October 10, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
JUTeam StatsLIP
.145Hitting Pct..178
145Total Attacks163
KillsFord - 19
AssistsOstrom - 48
AcesOstrom - 2
Spitznagle - 2
McCombs - 2
DigsKellerman - 19
McCombs - 19
BlocksOstrom - 4
Spitznagle - 4
Ford - 4
Bradley - 4
October 11, 20141st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
North Florida25182521182
UNFTeam StatsLIP
.150Hitting Pct..172
160Total Attacks180
KillsEstes - 14
Spitznagle - 14
Ford - 14
FESL - 22
AssistsOstrom - 49
AcesEstes - 1
Thomas - 1
Ford - 1
McCombs - 1
DigsMcCombs - 17
BlocksSpitznagle - 8
Volleyball looks to extend its A-Sun win streak at home
Thursday, October 9, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball looks to extend its A-Sun win streak at home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons Volleyball team returns to Allen Arena this weekend for a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference matches.

They have won their last three matches in a row, all in the A-Sun. The Lady Bisons also have a streak of nine set wins. The lone loss is the first set in a 3-1 match win over Northern Kentucky to open the conference portion of the season.

The Lady Bisons, 9-6, 3-0 in the A-Sun, are ranked 45th in the NCAA Division I RPI rankings this week. It is the first official ranking of the season. The Lady Bisons and Florida Gulf Coast are the only A-Sun teams without a conference loss.

The Lady Bisons, the No. 1 offensive team in the conference, will face Jacksonville, the No. 1 defensive team, Friday at 6:30 p.m. The match will also be seen live on ESPN3.

Saturday the Lady Bisons will face North Florida at 2 p.m.                                                              


Scouting Jacksonville (9-8, 1-2)

The Dolphins are in the second half of a four-match road trip. Last weekend they lost 3-2 at Stetson and 3-1 at Florida Gulf Coast. They opened the A-Sun portion of the season with a 3-0 win over North Florida.

This is the first time Lipscomb has faced Jacksonville since falling 3-2 in the finals of the A-Sun Tournament in 2013.

The Lady Bisons are 12-6 overall against Jacksonville and 6-2 in matches at Allen Arena.

Sammie Strausbaugh leads the A-Sun in kills with 4.83 per set overall and 4.92 per set in conference matches only. Emily Laskelle is fourth overall in the A-Sun with a .266 hitting percentage. Strausbaugh is close behind with a .265.

Jizzian Gesualdo averages 9.92 assists per set, fifth best in the conference.


Scouting North Florida (5-12, 0-3)

North Florida has lost its last three matches including a 3-1 setback at Stetson and a 3-2 defeat at Florida Gulf Coast in the last two outings.

Cari Whitmire is this week’s A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week. She leads the A-Sun overall with 4.60 digs per set and in conference matches with 6.42. She has 20 or more digs in her last three matches. She leads the A-Sun with 290 digs.

Courtney Miller leads the Ospreys with 193 kills, 3.16 per set.

Cameron McGuire has posted 108 kills and 60 blocks overall.

The Lady Bisons were 2-0 last season against North Florida and are 10-3 overall, 5-1 in Allen Arena.


Ford on the move

Senior outside hitter Lauren Ford is seventh on the all-time conference career ladder for kills. She has 1,364 and is closing in on Katie Plummer who is in sixth place with 1,390.

Ford could move into sixth place this weekend. Plummer played for Mercer from 2001-04.


Killing time

Ford is second in overall matches in the A-Sun in kills with 225, 3.81 per set. Ford is tied for second in conference matches only in kills with 4.50 per set, 45 total.

Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is fifth in conference matches only with 4.00 kills per set, 40 total.

As a team the Lady Bisons are first overall in the conference in kills with 789, 13.37 per set. They are also first in kills in conference matches only with 15.80 per set, 158 total.


Playing the percentages

The Lady Bisons have three players in the top 10 in hitting percentage in conference matches.

Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is fourth (.346). Ford is sixth (.278). Right side Brittnay Estes is ninth (.250).

In all matches Ford is seventh with a .252 percentage. Spitznagle is eighth at .243.

The Lady Bisons lead with a .244 hitting percentage in conference matches. They are third in all matches   with a .197 hitting percentage.


A little assist

Setter Kayla Ostrom is second in the A-Sun overall in assists with 10.86 per set, 641 total. She is first in A-Sun matches in assists with 13.20, 132 total.

In team standings the Lady Bisons are first in assists overall with 12.56 per set, 741 total.

They are also first in conference matches with 14.90 per set, 149 total.


Building blocks

Spitznagle is third in conference matches in blocks 12 (three solo, nine assists). She averages 1.20 per set.

The Lady Bisons are fourth in blocks overall with an average of 1.69 per set. In conference matches they are also fourth with 2.0 per set.

There are four teams in the A-Sun with 100 or more blocks. North Florida leads with 130 followed by Stetson (113), Northern Kentucky (106) and Lipscomb (100).