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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 comes from behind to upend UNF
Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball comes from behind to upend UNF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal wanted to send his players out on the court in set five against North Florida with one last bit of inspiration.

He chose not to invoke the words of a great coach, but selected instead a quote from Hunter S. Thompson, the late “gonzo” journalist who said, “Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”

“We talked about that before the match,” Rosenthal said. “We talked about the time we have together here and really going after it.

“When we broke the huddle for set five it was that quote that I told them. I told them not to play for the scoreboard but to play our way and good things would happen. It could have easily gone the other way if we had gotten wrapped up in the score.”

The Lady Bisons beat UNF 20-18 in set five to close out a 3-2 Atlantic Sun win Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. It wasn’t an easy feat to accomplish.

The Lady Bisons took a 14-13 edge on a kill by outside hitter Lauren Ford and never gave up the lead the rest of the way in set five. North Florida did manage to tie the Lady Bisons five times down the stretch.

“You have to give credit to our girls, and when I say that I don’t mean just because we won,” Rosenthal said. “It was how we won.”

The Lady Bisons dropped set one 25-19 and came back to win set two 25-18. UNF took set three 25-19. The Lady Bisons came back with a 25-21 set four win to set up the set five win.

“The last 16 points for both sides in set five really showed our character,” Rosenthal said. “And that was what was missing in set one. We did a nice job of coming back in the second set.

“In the third set we had a three-point lead and all of a sudden I was calling a timeout because we had a three-point deficit.”

Right side Brittnay Estes, Ford and middle blocker Molly Spitznagle led the Lady Bisons with 14 kills each. Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman added 10.

Estes and Kellerman posted double-doubles with each one making 14 digs. Libero Bri McCombs led the Lady Bisons with 17 digs. Setter Kayla Ostrom made 10.

“It was fun to see our defense to move the way it did especially in the second half of the fifth set,” Rosenthal said. “There is so much diversity with our defense and offense.”

Courtney Miller led North Florida with 15 kills, a match high. Cari Whitmire made a match-high 29 digs.

Lipscomb is 11-6, 5-0 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 5-14, 0-5 in the A-Sun.

“North Florida is a good team with a lot of great pieces,” Rosenthal said. “I knew it was going to be a battle.

“Some of it was definitely their play. They pushed us to the brink. Some of it was we let off of the gas a little bit. You are going to have matches like that. That is what confidence is all about.”



  • The Lady Bisons have won five matches in a row, all against A-Sun opponents.
  • Ford moves into second place all-time on Lipscomb’s career kills list with 1,397. She is in sixth place in the A-Sun in kills in a career.
  • This was the 10th A-Sun home match win in a row for the Lady Bisons. They have not lost at home to an A-Sun team since Oct. 5 of last season when they fell 3-2 to ETSU.
  • The Lady Bisons are 3-1 in five-set matches this season.
  • Estes has six double-doubles this season, but this was her first in an A-Sun match. She also made a season-high seven blocks (one solo, six assists).

“Brittnay got off to a slow start,” Rosenthal said. “What really got her going was her blocking. When she starts blocking balls her energy goes up. I said at the start of the match it had been awhile since Brittnay had dominated at the net and staring with the third set she really came through.”

  • Spitznagle tied her season high for blocks this season with eight (one solo, seven assists). She had eight at Missouri Sept. 5. Spitznagle’s .314 hitting percentage was a match high.
  • This was Kellerman’s third double-double of the season and her second in an A-Sun match.
  • Middle blocker Katie Bradley tied her season high for kills with seven and posted a .312 hitting percentage. Her kill in set five sealed the win for the Lady Bisons. She also tied her season highs for digs with two and blocks with four. She has posted four blocks in each of her last two matches.

“She had 16 attempts and almost half of them were kills,” Rosenthal said. “It was also the blocks and the small plays she made. She was thrust into this role and she hasn’t backed down.”



The Lady Bisons are back on the road for a pair of games in Florida. The first stop Is Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 17 followed by Stetson Oct. 18.