|October 21, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
MARTIN - 1
IVANCICH - 7
Kellerman - 11
YOUNGDAHL - 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The last time Lipscomb and Belmont tangled on the boulevard was in 2011.
It was a different time in many ways. Both teams were in the Atlantic Sun Conference. After splitting their matches during the regular season the Lady Bisons swept Belmont 3-0 at Allen Arena in the A-Sun Championship.
Brandon Rosenthal was the coach at Lipscomb at the time and is in his 12th season at the helm of the volleyball program. Deane Webb was the Belmont coach in 2011 and Jeff Wismer was his assistant. Wismer left Belmont to be an assistant for Rosenthal at Lipscomb in the spring of 2012.
Belmont moved to the Ohio Valley Conference and Lipscomb remained in the A-Sun.
Suddenly the rivalry between the two schools in volleyball ended with Belmont making the decision not to continue. But with Tony Howell now serving as head coach at Belmont the series is back.
Starting time is Tuesday night at 6:30 at Allen Arena. The match will be televised live on ESPN3.
The Lady Bisons have a seven-match winning streak. Belmont is coming off a 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Austin Peay and has won six of the last seven matches.
The Lady Bisons are 13-6 overall. Belmont is 10-11.
The series is knotted at 11-11 in the NCAA era. The Lady Bisons are 11-3 in the past 14 matches with Belmont. Belmont holds a 26-11 edge overall dating back to the NAIA days.
Scouting Belmont: The Bruins are led offensively by Arianna Person who shares the hometown of Lenexa, Kansas with Lipscomb's Lauren Ford. She is lead her team in kills with 245, an average of 3.18 per set and is second on the team in digs with 234, 3.04 per set.
Libero Ellie Ivancich is tops for the Bruins in digs with 265, 3.44 per set. Setter Emma Price has 765 assists, 9.94 per set.
RPI move: The Lady Bisons are ranked 40th in the latest NCAA Division I RPI, up from 49th last week. They opened the first official RPI of the season in 45th position.
Built Ford tough: Outside hitter Lauren Ford is the A-Sun Player of the Week. She posted back-to-back matches with 20 or more kills.
This is her second player of the week award this season and the third of her career.
She has double figures in kills in her last five matches.
This was her sixth time this season with 20 or more kills and her fifth time to accomplish the feat in a four-set match.
Ford has 1,438 kills for her career, second on Lipscomb’s all-time list, and sixth in the conference.
Estes is the “bestest”: Right side Brittnay Estes has been a force offensively and defensively for the Lady Bisons.
She is coming off back-to-back double-doubles this past weekend with 13 kills and 13 digs against Florida Gulf Coast and 14 kills and 12 digs at Stetson.
Estes opened the season with a triple-double against Creighton and has followed that up with seven double-doubles, including the last three matches.
Ostrom’s set: Setter Kayla Ostrom is ranked 37th in NCAA Division I in assists per set with 10.93 and 43rd in total assists with 299, She is second in both categories in the A-Sun.
Hit squad: Lipscomb is the only team with three players in the top 10 in hitting percentage in conference matches only.
Middle blocker Katie Bradley has moved into third place at .310. Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is fourth at .299. Ford is ninth at .239.
Bradley made a season-and-career high eight kills and also posted a match high .400 hitting percentage against Stetson. She had the third highest kills total for the Lady Bisons in the Stetson win.
McCombs digs it: Libero Bri McCombs posted a pair of match highs in digs against Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.
Her 21 digs against FGCU marked the sixth time this season she has made 20 or more.