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Northern Kentucky18222527153
LIPTeam StatsNKU
.307Hitting Pct..338
153Total Attacks157
Ford - 15
KillsRUBLE - 21
Huston - 53
AssistsSNYDER - 58
Thomas - 2
Huston - 2
AcesRUBLE - 3
McCombs - 18
DigsSTEWART - 21
Ford - 4
BlocksCREAMER - 3
Volleyball looks for ninth straight win at NKU
Thursday, October 23, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball looks for ninth straight win at NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The second round of the Atlantic Sun volleyball season begins Friday night for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons. Despite a perfect 7-0 record in the first half they don’t expect things to get any easier the second time around.

After sweeping Belmont 3-0 Tuesday night at Allen Arena in the renewal of the “Battle of the Boulevard” after a two –year absence, the Lady Bisons are on the road Friday night at 5:30 to face Northern Kentucky in an Atlantic Sun match.

The Lady Bisons are 14-6, 7-0 in the A-Sun. They have won their last eight matches in a row. Northern Kentucky is 13-7, 3-4 in the conference.

In the overall series the Lady Bisons are 5-0, but needed four sets to beat Northern Kentucky at Allen Arena 3-1 on Sept. 26.



Northern Kentucky lost A-Sun matches to Stetson (3-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (3-1) this past weekend.

Northern Kentucky’s Jenna Ruble is second in the A-Sun in hitting percentage with a .327 overall, .329 in the conference. Also in the top 10 in the A-Sun overall in hitting percentage are Megan Wanstrath in seventh (.243) and Keely Creamer in 10th (.233). Wanstrath is eighth in A-Sun matches only (.244).

Mel Stewart ranks second overall in digs with 338, 4.57 per set. She is fourth in the category in A-Sun matches only with 125, 4.63 per set. Taylor Snyder is 10th overall in digs with 226, 3.05 per set.

Snyder is third in A-Sun matches in assists with 294, 10.89 per set. She is fourth overall with 772, 10.43 per set.

Lauren Hurley is tied for first in service aces in A-Sun matches with 12, 0.44 per set.

Northern Kentucky leads the conference overall with a .223 hitting percentage.



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.



In conference matches only the Lady Bisons lead in hitting percentage (.226) and kills (388, 14.37 per set). They are second in conference matches only in opponent hitting percentage (.160) and assists (361, 13.37).

In conference matches they are third in service aces with 42, 1.56 per set.

Overall the Lady Bisons are second in assists with 991, 12.54 per set and second in kills with 1,060, 13.42 per set.

Overall, Molly Spitznagle is sixth in hitting percentage (.245) and Lauren Ford is ninth (.242). In conference matches only Katie Bradley is third with a .310 followed by Spitznagle in fourth (.299) and Ford in ninth (.239).

Kayla Ostrom is second in assists overall and in conference matches only. Overall, she has 863, 10.92 per set). In A-Sun matches she has 322, 11.93 per set.

Ford is second in kills overall and in conference matches only. Overall, she has 309, 3.91 per set. In A-Sun matches she has 119, 4.41 per set.

Overall, McCombs is fifth in digs with 304, 4.00 per set. In conference matches she is seventh with 102, 3.78 per set. Sophie Kellerman is 10th with 98, 3.63 per set.

In conference matches McCombs is tied for first in service aces with 12, 0.44 per set. Brittany Thomas and Ostrom are tied for eighth with eight each, 0.30 per set.

Spitznagle is fifth in blocks in the conference with 30 (four solo, 26 assists), 1.11 per set.



Brittnay Estes continued to be a double-double threat, reaching that level in digs and kills in her last four matches in a row. She has double-doubles in eight matches this season and opened the season with a triple-double against Creighton.

She had the match-high in kills with 13 and tied for the match-high in digs with 11 in the 3-0 sweep of Belmont.



Sophie Kellerman has put together a strong senior season. She has double figures in digs in the last seven matches.

She tied for the match high in digs with 11 against Belmont.

Kellerman has four double-doubles this season.



Ford has 1,448 kills for her career, second on Lipscomb’s all-time list, and sixth in the conference. She is one of only two players in the history of the program to make more than 1,400 kills. Alex Kelly leads the school’s all-time list with 1,756.



McCombs posted a pair of match highs in digs against Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson last weekend.

Her 21 digs against FGCU marked the sixth time this season she has made 20 or more.



This is the only match of the weekend for the Lady Bisons since Northern Kentucky is their travel partner in the conference.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Oct. 31 when Stetson visits Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; Florida Gulf Coast will visit for a 2 p.m. match.